S/Y Taliesin Tie Rod Project


Concordia took on the above mentioned project in March 2011, among other projects.  The innovative structural improvement was executed with minimal destructive methods, and was akin to threading a wet string through a series of holes, blindfolded.  Much credit to the Concordia team for their surgical precision.

This retrofit augmented Taliesin’s already upgraded mast step strut.  A refit done two years prior added a new Dynel deck and house, its method documented prior in Concordian Issue #2.  My assessment is that the Dynel deck/house restoration, while being the anti-leak and canvas deck-feel gold standard, also induced a different stress dynamic on the entire boat, making her more rigid.  The result was a stiffer boat, more responsive, with no leaks, and a visual aesthetic akin to the older canvas/paint method.  However, the Dynel deck essentially turned a live, breathing plank and canvas deck into a whole boat flat deck rigid body.  I feel that this induced more pressure on the rig, chain plates, and topsides, resulting in a more pronounced effect on the well-known too-small mast step problem.  The tie rod retrofit was a mechanical engineering solution to “correct a prior correction.”  Such is the story of an irrational love affair with an old wooden boat.  I will add, finally, the retrofit worked.  Email me if you’d like to discuss.  Prior to the deck/house work, we  did a very extensive four month refit, with some photos here.  Tie rod project photos follow.

Documenting the Tie Rod Structural Retrofit- Concordia 41’