Caulking (Corking?!) a wooden boat (Tally Ho / EP96)

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Rebuilding a historic sailing yacht - Caulking the Hull (EP96)
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This episode is all about Caulking (or Corking, depending on your location). I start by visiting Port Townsend, which has an unusual number of very skilled and proficient Corkers. We briefly discuss the history of Caulking and we meet Brad from the Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op, who is putting together a crew to help us Caulk Tally Ho!
Brad and Paul (Shipwrights Co-op) Jordan Bard (Bard Boatworks) join us for a Saturday and demonstrate the amazing skill and rhythm of a highly practiced Corking crew, getting over a third of the boat Caulked up in one day. Huge thanks to these guys for getting involved and spending their free time helping us out!
After that it is down to Pete (another very highly skilled Corker) and me (a highly UNskilled Caulker) to finish the hull. Along the way we discuss the different traditional tools, methods and materials that are used for this fascinating and hypnotic process.
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96. Caulking the Hull (Traditional Boatbuilding / EP96)

  • Salt of the earth.

    Tim BradyTim Brady20 tuntia sitten
  • Leo, sadly I can't afford to become an ongoing pateron member but I'd love to be able to contribute something. Is there a way I could make a one time contribution and further contributions as finances allow? I've been following through your entire journey on this project from day one and want to help in any small way I can. Thanks for posting these wonderful videos and the amazing music choices you make for them. I'm always looking for the next video. Good luck with your move and it's so sad that you have to in the first place.

    Paul PoceviciusPaul PoceviciusPäivä sitten
  • Why the strange hammers

    Peter HalsteadPeter HalsteadPäivä sitten
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    Aria YoungAria Young3 päivää sitten
  • Beautiful caulking. Thanks (from Spain)

    E. HidalgoE. Hidalgo3 päivää sitten
  • Great info how many feet of cotton?

    Ian MottIan Mott5 päivää sitten
  • Today, I learned that I have spent my life learning how to caulk boats and I didn't even know it...

    SumdumguySumdumguy5 päivää sitten
  • Hearing protection...Im DONE

    Space CowboySpace Cowboy5 päivää sitten
  • Hi Leo. Seems like you have more norwegian fans than me. In this video : you are mentioned towards the end around the 8 minute mark. They are in need to replace some planks and they say they were going to watch your videos and then try to replicate how you would do it drunk and blindfolded🤣🤣. Being amateurs they probably think that's the best they can do. 🤣 Btw, i love watching your videos and i'm always looking forward to the next one.

    vikingthornovikingthorno6 päivää sitten
  • The thumbnail convinced my wife to finally watch an episode with me 😂

    Russell MooreRussell Moore6 päivää sitten
  • Most excellent and informative video-one of your best....

    Paul BeebePaul Beebe6 päivää sitten
  • NOW we know why Popeye had such huge forearms.....

    Paul BeebePaul Beebe6 päivää sitten
  • Great work guys..... keep it up!!

    Robert BradyRobert Brady6 päivää sitten
  • All I see is RSI...

    Alexander SAlexander S6 päivää sitten
  • Best video I have ever seen on how to caulk or cauk or cork or whatever a wooden boat!!! haha

    Paul LarsonPaul Larson6 päivää sitten
  • How much of the original boat is left?

    Dirty DomDirty Dom6 päivää sitten
  • The word is obviously “caulking” because that’s what it is

    Just TravelingJust Traveling6 päivää sitten
  • this made me think about the old SNL bit about soaking cork!

    Paul BuccoPaul Bucco6 päivää sitten
  • Was it just one line of cotton? What was the outcome?

    America LostAmerica Lost6 päivää sitten
  • I have a confession to make. When I was about 14 years old I was a sea scout, we had a 28 ft pacemaker wooden boat We were working on it and scraping the bottom I was pulling out huge pieces of that fibrous caulk. When they put the boat in the water, they were puzzled as to where the water was coming from

    James McHughJames McHugh7 päivää sitten
  • My Dad was a professional Caulker for 30 years. Seal Co in Albuquerque NM. Narry a boat, but all kinds of construction projects from cheap brick and wood homes to Air Force jet test facilities. The tools' sounds and names of materials took me back. I can still smell the Olkium, Thanks

    Ed GumpEd Gump7 päivää sitten
  • Captain Joshua Slocum: "She'll crawl." "Tell us how fast she'll crawl, so that we may get into port on time." "Run like smoke and oakum!" Master and Commander from the Aubrey-Maturin series... so... RN I haven't seen any oakum? What's up with that?

    Grant BratrudGrant Bratrud7 päivää sitten

      Grant BratrudGrant Bratrud7 päivää sitten
  • I wonder how many taps were tapped during this process.

    Danny ArcherDanny Archer7 päivää sitten
  • 0:52 - As a South African, this is a huge relief to find out. Whenever I have heard the word in DIY contexts, I've always thought it was 'corking' and wondered why cork was never involved.

    Danny ArcherDanny Archer7 päivää sitten
    • @Grant BratrudIn the first part of this episode Brad Seamans explaines why you should or not should use Oakum for the caulking: if the planks are not very thick (as in TH's case) Oakum is NOT used, only cotton.

      on4xbon4xb7 päivää sitten
    • It's linguistic, bruh. Consonants move in the mouth over time, even with the same meaning... altho" I did not see any oakum in this video. Maybe it's some obscure regulation from the state of Washington?!? Would not surprise me. Consonants are one thing... that vowl movement really throws me sometimes, I mean WTF. But then Ima namachure.

      Grant BratrudGrant Bratrud7 päivää sitten
  • Wonderful episode! My father went to sea on the last of the tall ships in the mid-twenties. He taught me knots and splices, and we built a boat when I was 14, splices and oakum were rolled under your foot to even them up. I later watched shipwrights "horsing-up" the seams on wooden Sein-netters on the fish dock slips in Grimsby...Superb craftsmanship by all your team.

    Roger SandersonRoger Sanderson8 päivää sitten
  • What a corker!

    James McGeeJames McGee8 päivää sitten
  • The only thing I hate about this is waiting for the next video!!! Love this series about the rebuilding of the Tally Ho from Leo & Pete & all the volunteers!!!!!!!

    modelman65modelman658 päivää sitten
  • Loved this episode. Pure talent! So impressed by their skills.

    Roy RykerRoy Ryker8 päivää sitten
  • There's an American 80's sitcom from back in the called "King of Queens" starring Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, & Patton Oswalt. In the bedroom scenes of Carry and Doug Heffernan (the shows main characters) as they pan around with the camera filming the show, you can see a black & white picture on the wall of a pretty old sailing ship. The sailboat ..... none other than the Tally Ho. It took me a few minutes to make the connection ... but once I did ... all I could picture was Leo and his project. I wish I could post a picture here.

    Ray CRay C8 päivää sitten
  • Kalo Mehmet [kalafatçı] geldi aklıma

    Ismail GezenIsmail Gezen9 päivää sitten
  • I hope the beef up the supports as they go along, the boat is getting heavier and heavier

    Kent mcmm SorensenKent mcmm Sorensen9 päivää sitten
  • So much repetitive motion!! Wow. I'm sure you don't want your hammer to be even a half an ounce heavier than it needs to be. Amazing to watch, as is so much of what you put on your channel - thanks.

    Chas WolfChas Wolf9 päivää sitten
  • Great boat building show, thanks!

    Claes NycanderClaes Nycander10 päivää sitten
  • Leo, are you having visitors?.. I'd ito stop by tomorrow, May 5th, in the morning..

    Hunter2323Hunter232310 päivää sitten
  • And now it’s finished!!!

    Andrew BlackAndrew Black11 päivää sitten
  • Excellent sound editing on this vid.

    GrobbelskiGrobbelski11 päivää sitten
  • ‘Caulking’, same as when you run a bead of silicone as a sealant on a surface/

    Chris WaldronChris Waldron11 päivää sitten
  • Art, pure and simple. Beautiful. Well done lads.

    Tony ButchartTony Butchart11 päivää sitten
  • Click, click, click, click, click, ...

    Torsten BehrendtTorsten Behrendt12 päivää sitten
  • is there a skill that Pete DOESN'T have...? Asking for a friend.

    rob neukirchrob neukirch12 päivää sitten
  • With a airpressure? By hand much Better. You can feel Better how hard it should be.

    Jan KOSCHINJan KOSCHIN12 päivää sitten
  • For comparison, here is another boat rebuilding project I have been following, from Brazil. It is a schooner, severely neglected and I thought really impossible. Now it seems they are making a go of it and having fun in the process. They will retain a lot of wood that looks rotted to me...but I'm not an expert so I'll let others be the judge. :) Unlike Tally Ho, the owners of YaBa know exactly nothing about boat building and are entirely reliant on the local shipwrights who do seem to have some experience and considerable skills.

    Unstoppable ZoneUnstoppable Zone12 päivää sitten
  • This is my dreamjob, unfortunately is nonexisting where i live...

    SoundSound12 päivää sitten
  • Once it’s set, does the caulk get hard when you touch it?

    YirlaniYirlani12 päivää sitten
  • Is it white caulk or black caulk?

    YirlaniYirlani12 päivää sitten
  • Tally Ho sailing on Lake Wivenhoe Queensland Australia

    David HancockDavid Hancock12 päivää sitten
  • Why isn't the cotton treated . Linseed oil , plaster , silicone .........?

    Big DanBig Dan12 päivää sitten
  • What a milestone! Congratulations!

    Christopher DeKenippChristopher DeKenipp12 päivää sitten
  • Did you just wake up or something in this video? Jesus dude. Your hair is wild.

    taheelur1taheelur112 päivää sitten
  • Here's something similar but different.

    Bob SuruncleBob Suruncle12 päivää sitten
  • Add - "the best music selection for a youtube channel" to your long list of accomplishments to this channel Leo.

    JeffJeff12 päivää sitten
  • There is another age old trade called a barber. They work in a barbershop. You should try visiting one.

    Tom HmanTom Hman13 päivää sitten
    • Oh god yes. Had one cut my covid hair and beard. Straight razor shave too. It was awesome.

      Try ThinkingTry Thinking11 päivää sitten
  • Masters at work,very specialized tradesman,obviously very skilled,much respect to them...

    J McJ Mc13 päivää sitten
  • Thankyou for showing this,big ups to the caulkers,what a prick of a job,very interesting vid,wish you best of luck with the tally ho,and best wishes to the caulkers and all involved...,from,Auckland,New Zealand 💪👍👍🙂🙂😉

    J McJ Mc13 päivää sitten
  • Why did the caulkers only do short pieces??? is it purely for reach??

    Mark JarvisMark Jarvis13 päivää sitten
  • Boot Question : does anyone know for sure which boots Pete has?

    SalmonandfriendsSalmonandfriends13 päivää sitten
  • Hello, I'm Popeye, I'm a sailor and spinach connoisseur. P.S. Here in NEW YORK we call it CALL-KING or CAW-KING. This was one helluva corking good video!!

    TJTJ13 päivää sitten
  • Are you going to install cover boards across the ends of the planking (at the transom), so as to reduce the intrusion of water and stop the likely hood of rot in the end grain of the planks? Another option would be to coat the ends of the planks with clear epoxy resin - two coats mininum.

    C MuC Mu13 päivää sitten
  • How many miles of cotton was used for Tally Ho?

    Stan KolodinStan Kolodin13 päivää sitten
  • The intro about how corking is said whether in the states or in Britain had me cracking up. Especially with the fact you said it can be pronounced many damn ways. My guess is the area of Britain depends on how this process is pronounced. I have noticed being from the U.S. and watching many FIboth videos of people from England have different pronunciations for the same words.

    Michael ShaferMichael Shafer13 päivää sitten
  • 👍🍻

    KatmanduKatmandu13 päivää sitten
  • Wouldn't the ridiculously water proof Musk Ox wool be better? (Aside from it's extreme cost of course)

    AA13 päivää sitten
  • So “Mr. Semen “ is gonna “ Caulk” your “ Boat” huh 🤔

    Joe RoganowskiJoe Roganowski13 päivää sitten
  • Caulkin’. when I was doing it on the Thames. That is not the way we used to caulk at all ! we would lightly twist the cotton, tap in the ends of the longest piece we could reasonably handle, leaving a belly in the cotton ( practice tells you how much) then tap in the middle, then the middles of those two bights and so on, when it is all in place you go down the seam and seat it, just how you are taught I suppose ! What are you sealing the cotton with ? we used red lead primer mixed with linseed putty (horrible to mix).

    CrimeVidCrimeVid14 päivää sitten
  • Good job done

    sunnytandan1sunnytandan114 päivää sitten
  • Hi we are are a retired couple of ex cruisers, we watch your programmes religiously. Unfortunately we are deaf & without the subtitles we cannot enjoy them. Just recently you seem to have stopped adding the automatic sub titles, please put them back, Stearman65

    stearman65stearman6514 päivää sitten
  • What would be a cheaper way? silicone!?

    Izgizgiugiugih IzvizgihvkviuhiubkubIzgizgiugiugih Izvizgihvkviuhiubkub14 päivää sitten
  • We pronounce it cocking on the us west coast. Yes i know.....

    Dawn TreaderDawn Treader14 päivää sitten
  • Caulking

    Neil O'ConnellNeil O'Connell14 päivää sitten
  • She looks amazing Leo, well done mate 👍 Leo's speeded up footage of him caulking almost looked like the pro's in real-time. 😃

    RafoRafo14 päivää sitten
  • I've never discovered such a delightful looking task.. I need to try this out some time.

    YahmezYahmez14 päivää sitten
  • If the keel is damaged is there any way to repair it?

    MixMax1MixMax115 päivää sitten
  • Are you accepting any help from volunteers?

    Ron StevensRon Stevens15 päivää sitten
  • Invest in an air hamner for god sakes youll love me forever!!

    Turbrewski Rm TNTurbrewski Rm TN15 päivää sitten
  • In the old days you would have used red lead paint in the seams. And red lead putty. What do you use now?

    Jose AlemanyJose Alemany15 päivää sitten
    • lineseed oil (before caulking) and red lead primer (after caulking). The putty still has to be applied, but first (and that is happening now: see facebook or Instagram) there is second round of fairing going on plus some bunging of the screw/rivet holes.

      on4xbon4xb14 päivää sitten
  • I just wish you didn’t say you were restoring it, cause it’s not really restored if you replace every single piece of wood, your just building a replica

    Kody OgreysikKody Ogreysik15 päivää sitten
    • episode 58 gives the explanation

      on4xbon4xb15 päivää sitten
  • That parrot has heard it all before

    TabStocksTabStocks15 päivää sitten
  • Amazing craftsmanship, one of my favourite episodes. Great progress 👍🏻

    Wayne McClennanWayne McClennan15 päivää sitten
  • Pete for a long while I know you were dodging the camera. Seems you have found a new stride and a new skill. Leo... just keep asking him what he's doing. Great team, all of you.

    John PayneJohn Payne15 päivää sitten
  • I keep looking enviously at the almighty bandsaw/shipsaw.... nice caulking lads!

    John PayneJohn Payne15 päivää sitten
  • I'm impressed by how much skill is involved in caulking, and how much hidden technology is in the caulking mallet.

    Keenan McClureKeenan McClure15 päivää sitten
  • Sitting here holding my piece of Tally Ho live oak in the Land Down Under... Amazing project.

    Ingmar MIngmar M15 päivää sitten
  • seeing this work actually helped me to get along with all the grinding i do on my job.... its a fucking boring thing to do but this doesnt look better AT ALL lol

    Fick DichFick Dich15 päivää sitten
  • This may seem like an obvious question in the wooden boat community, but you say that the wood will swell up and seal the gaps between the planks to make them tight and such. How do the planks swell if they are sealed with the primer and a layer of paint and varnish? How would they get wet to begin with? Other than that I love what you are doing, really enjoying the journey.

    Lachlan ALachlan A15 päivää sitten
    • Paint & varnish aren't an impenetrable barrier, but slow down the rate of change. Wood is constantly absorbing or releasing water as its enviro changes.

      Frederick StibbertFrederick Stibbert8 päivää sitten
  • For puttying the seams I use a flat square heated platen made from an old electric frying pan to slightly soften the putty and provide a nice pallet to work from. The warm putty goes in quickly and easily with a 2"-3" putty knife, the warmth helps make it very sticky. I like to putty before the paint has completely hardened, seems to help the bonding.

    dougalannhdougalannh15 päivää sitten
  • Another great and educational video, thank you Leo. I've used a pump oil can to paint the seams, holding a chip brush with shortened bristles directly behind the oil can as I pump, works very quickly.

    dougalannhdougalannh15 päivää sitten
  • Wow, the speed and practiced movement of those pro c[aul/or]kers working is impressive, the normal-speed cuts looked like time-lapse...

    Hunter EHunter E15 päivää sitten
  • I finally finished my binge watching!!! And I loved every second of it!! What a beautiful story 🙌🏼. I’m on board Captain! ⛵️

    Titi Spray PaintTiti Spray Paint16 päivää sitten
  • Not clear - being a COOP do they charge for their work?

    mike seguinmike seguin16 päivää sitten
    • Of course they do. Co-op is their business structure, I'll guess its a type of partnership that can retain its structure as principals come & go.

      Frederick StibbertFrederick Stibbert8 päivää sitten
  • От ООО д

    Виктор НамавирВиктор Намавир16 päivää sitten
  • Wish I'd had more teachers that explained things as well as Pete does.

    yt2006tyyt2006ty16 päivää sitten
  • Leo, have you any need or desire for more volunteers? While I am not a boat wright, I have woodworking skills and illusions (delusions) of sailing the globe. My cedar strip /mahogany canoe will not reach you with any degree of efficacy, but I will find my way should any such position be available. Thank you

    Norman ZimmermanNorman Zimmerman16 päivää sitten
  • It is certainly "caulking" in UK English. "corking" is something very different and involves putting bungs in bottles/barrels, whatever. "The Devil to pay and no pitch hot" is a phrase from sailing ship times. The Devil is the iron that was used to force pitch onto/into the caulked deck seams. The phrase signifies that there were caulked seams to be sealed but there was no hot pitch available. In more recent parlance the phrase is used to indicate that something is missing that is needed to complete a job.

    Grahame PigneyGrahame Pigney16 päivää sitten
  • How often do you have to recaulk the boat?

    WilliamWilliam16 päivää sitten
  • You asked in one of your videos for any other YT vids that you might find interesting. So, if you have the time. Salt and tar...about a couple building a Wooden boat from scratch. Love your videos Leo.

    Peter ChisholmPeter Chisholm16 päivää sitten
  • Love what you are doing here Leo. Brilliantly inspiring work.

    Decoy_artDecoy_art16 päivää sitten
  • An old plumber here and I can say I have used many strands of oakum back, the old cast iron plumbing pipes connected by lead days. Probably the reason I'm half crazy now, inhaling all those lead fumes. Hence the Mad Hatter

    Roger TalleyRoger Talley16 päivää sitten
  • Yes, coming from the city of Portsmouth (UK) with our proud nautical heritage I can confirm that it’s definitely caulking, not corking. Indeed, although both are pronounced the same the whole of the Isle of Wight’s workforce once did this for a living, travelling across the Solent to Portsmouth dockyard on Monday morning and returning on Friday evening. Thus, an islander is known as a Caulkhead.

    WidleyWesidentWidleyWesident16 päivää sitten
  • Did not know that this was a thing thanks for the knowledge

    John ConklinJohn Conklin16 päivää sitten
  • in French : calfater...!! it's indeed a hell of a job, some put melted tar afterwards, you, I see that you put special orange paint, it's also good ... !! bravo for this superb work done in the rules of the Art ... the Art of knowing caulk ... !!

    Vincent AubourgVincent Aubourg16 päivää sitten