I bought my first wooden boat in 2021. That’s when people started telling me that I should watch the Sampson Boat Company’s videos on restoring the 1910 yacht Tally-Ho.
And so I did… for 160+ videos (each averaging 25 minutes) during which Leo Goolden (the owner of SBC) explains and shows what he’s doing and why.
Leo is a very smart, talented and charismatic shipbuilder (“… and sailor”) — read this interview — and here are a few of my favorite videos:
35: Asking for volunteers (this went way better than he expected)
48: Leo’s story
58: Ship of Theseus…
89: “Hey Pete, what are you doing?” (Pete is a very cool guy without feet)
132: How to sharpen tools
144: Fancy woodwork…
168: Tally-ho leaves the shed — time for a mast!
These videos are insightful, funny, and technically well produced. I have learned a lot about wooden boat (re)building, as well as fallen in love with the shipwrights in Port Townsend, WA. FIVE STARS.