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Sampson Boat Co. on YouTube


Leo Goolden is on a mission to rebuild the 109-year-old English sailing yacht Tally Ho. Designed by Albert Strange in 1909, she is a historically important vessel, but was left to rot for decades in the Pacific Northwest. Goolden bought her and moved her to the Olympic Peninsula, where he films the work of restoring her from the keel up. Whether you want to learn about the lofting process or crafting double-sawn frames by hand, Goolden’s YouTube channel, Sampson Boat Co., is a great place to learn traditional boatbuilding. Each week finds Goolden working on another piece of Tally Ho’s refit, whether it’s securing lumber or crafting the boat’s new centerline timbers. He hopes to sail Tally Ho back to his United Kingdom home when she is complete.

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue.



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