Tally Ho's capstan

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I am enjoying watching the videos of this and two small American workshops one doing the refurbishment and preparation for motorising and one casting a new top which was broken in the dismantling process.
Just as with the shipwrights doing the work on Tally Ho a great amount of skill and ingenuity, not everything made in America is crap.
Here's the latest, which took me back to seeing fitter turners in my grandfathers engineering works working on lathes of the same size and bigger one with a cut out bed mounted several feet above the floor with a working platform that would take pieces over about 15 feet in diameter. Typically the ends of mixing or polishing drum castings and their cast gear rings for driving them which were heat shrunk on to the drum.

 

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I've also been watching these various related videos about Leo's rebuild although I tend to find the American MO a bit hard going to watch. They seem to spend an inordinate amount of time discussing what they are going to do, often repeating themselves 3 or 4 times before then showing the footage of the actual job. I'm sure a 30 or 40 minute video could be condensed into 10 minutes of interesting and factual viewing if they really wanted to.

The latest foundry video makes me wonder how they are ever going to cast the new capstan cap. They've packed the casting sand around the pattern 3 or 4 times and seem to balls it up every time. Why on earth they let their dog roam around when the slightest nudge or tail wag could mess it up is beyond me. I keep expecting Laurel and Hardy to stop by.
 

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I've also been watching these various related videos about Leo's rebuild although I tend to find the American MO a bit hard going to watch. They seem to spend an inordinate amount of time discussing what they are going to do, often repeating themselves 3 or 4 times before then showing the footage of the actual job. I'm sure a 30 or 40 minute video could be condensed into 10 minutes of interesting and factual viewing if they really wanted to.

The latest foundry video makes me wonder how they are ever going to cast the new capstan cap. They've packed the casting sand around the pattern 3 or 4 times and seem to balls it up every time. Why on earth they let their dog roam around when the slightest nudge or tail wag could mess it up is beyond me. I keep expecting Laurel and Hardy to stop by.
I know what you mean but that's a very complicated and difficult casting and somewhat larger than they are accustomed too. It does say something about the foundry that cast the original though.
 

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I know what you mean but that's a very complicated and difficult casting and somewhat larger than they are accustomed too. It does say something about the foundry that cast the original though.
I haven't watched this portion yet... But I believe that since I was taught a bit of foundry practice at (technical) secondary school in the late 1950s the technology of casting sand has advanced with the addition of resins and so forth to stabilise it against wagging tails and the like... ;-)
 

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I don't begin to understand why Leo Sampson Goolden wants to use the original geared capstan. They are horrible things, with a huge loss of power in the bevel gears. He could have found and fitted a contemporaneous Reid's of Paisley windlass as advocated by Claud Worth and had a decent bit of kit.
 
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I don't begin to understand why Leo Sampson Goolden wants to use the original geared capstan. They are horrible things, with a huge loss of power in the bevel gears. He could have found and fitted a contemporaneous Reid's of Paisley windlass as advocated by Claud Worth and had a decent bit of lit.
I think he wants to use some original bits of the boat. I think the only other original part is the transom, I might be wrong though.
But I agree with you, such a vital part of the boat.
 

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I don't begin to understand why Leo Sampson Goolden wants to use the original geared capstan. They are horrible things, with a huge loss of power in the bevel gears. He could have found and fitted a contemporaneous Reid's of Paisley windlass as advocated by Claud Worth and had a decent bit of lit.
I also had not understood exactly how the new gypsy is going to be fastened to the turned-out slot where the old one used to be. No good if it slips!
 

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I don't begin to understand why Leo Sampson Goolden wants to use the original geared capstan. They are horrible things, with a huge loss of power in the bevel gears. He could have found and fitted a contemporaneous Reid's of Paisley windlass as advocated by Claud Worth and had a decent bit of lit.
I don’t expect he’s too worried about the losses as he’s fitting a motor to it.
 

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I've been watching these, though they go on and on and on......My stratagem is to fast forward and dip in when the scene changes

On an aside, does anyone feel Leo's videos are lacking these days? One whole episode of pushing and pulling the bowsprit in and out several times left me disappointed
 
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I've been watching these, though they go on and on and on......My stratagem is to fast forward and dip in when the scene changes

On an aside, does anyone feel Leo's videos are lacking these days? One whole episode of pushing and pulling the bowsprit in and out several times left me disappointed
I know what you mean but it was an honest story warts and all. I guess there’s so many little fiddly bits going on it’s difficult to make a 30 minute video. I’m still a supporter though.
 
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