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    The Anteo my very first ever steam powered tug.
    My very first steam-boat back in the 70s, the Anteo by Panart probably the best kit ever, a plank on frame hull with lots of brass fittings. I fitted a Maxwell Hemmings Caton Steam plant and I was smitten, that was the first of many and still going strong. My only regret was somewhat butchering the engine housing in order to fit the valves and pipework. One of these days I might build another and make a much better job of it, hopefully. Check out my harbour for the rest of my small fleet of steam-powered working boats. The Anteo looking very realistic on the water, and the start of a love affair with steam and all it has to offer
    Marian Belle' Tug Mobile Marine Kit.
    A Mobile Marine tug kit, modified to take a steam plant, TVR1A-BB steam engine, 3 1/2" diameter x 6" length boiler. 4 channel for forward / reverse. speed control, steering and gas cutoff valve. Around 2 years to complete.
    Marian Belle' Empire Class Tug
    Finally completed on 5th April, I must be slowing down with age. Despite the weight of the installed steam plant, it requires more weight to sit more realistically on the water.
    Marian Belle' Empire class tug (Mobile Marine.)
    This model has been on the go for the last three years and is now finally almost complete, this one as per the others is powered by a TVR1ABB steam engine and a 3 1/2" diameter x 6" gas fired boiler.
    (Other) Lady Ayla and Elena.
    Clinker built open launches built to show off the boiler, steam engine and complex plumbing. (Motor: The Caton piston valve) (ESC: servo controlled) (9/10)
    (Other) Lady Marian
    This Drifter was a Marvon Models Kit and was incredible value for the money, a double planked plank on frame hull, and detailed instructions and good quality timber and fittings. As the engine was a four-stroke and silenced, plus the fact it was ticking over at very few revs, it made less noise than your average electric motor. Plus we were not trying too hard to save the planet in those good old days. (Motor: OS. 6.5cc Marine 4 stroke.) (ESC: servo controlled) (10/10)
    (Tug Boat) Anteo Harbour Tug
    My first ever Tug about fifty years ago, and my very first steam engine hence the super-structure looks a little hacked about, especially the engine housing with globe valves stuck out here and there. this was and still is an amazing kit from Panart, a plank on frame double skinned hull, and all the fittings were brass to a very high quality, (note the anchor winch all brass and it works. The engine and boiler was from Maxwell Hemmings one of the very few manufacturers at the time. (Motor: Piston Valve Twin Cylinder) (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    (Other) Lady Ayla
    I decided to build an open steam-boat to have the boiler and piston valve engine on show, all that polished copper and brass should be on show and not hidden away, this hull is clinker-built to my own design. (Motor: Maxwell Hemmings Caton) (ESC: servo controlled) (9/10)
    (Working Vessel) Danny Boy
    An almost scale version of the real thing, with a gas fired boiler driving a Tvr1 bb, 1/2" bore, twin cylinder, slide valve engine. this utilises an attenuator valve using boiler pressure to conserve both gas and steam pressure. (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    (Other) Topaz
    A Victorian/Edwardian steam launch from the 1800s as sailed on Lake Windermere, this is very similar to a launch called Branksome, which it was copied from. (Motor: Cheddar slide valve) (ESC: servo controlled) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Danny Boy
    A great looking boat, and a good subject to add realistic detail. Looks really good on the water running on steam, very realistic, not the easiest hull to fit a steam engine and boiler into due to small superstructure, definitely well worth the effort. As well as removing the super structure, I also can remove a portion of the deck for good access to the steam plant, and to remove the complete steam plant if necessary. (Motor: TVRA1BB) (ESC: Mountfleet) (10/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ New Home
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Rick, the new Avatar pic is great, and this one is a little sharper hope you don't mind. Regards, Gary.

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    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Rick, and pleased to hear you have moved in and moved on, and I very much appreciate the fact it does take a little coming to terms with, mind I have every confidence in your ability to accept your new lifestyle and get on with the rest of your life. Your next decision is which spare bedroom becomes your new study come workshop, and can you use your garage for cutting timber and painting? Take good care of yourself, regards, and best wishes, Gary. (and most important is to keep in touch.)

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    A nice bit of driving and sorry to hear that Kiwi-land is not the ideal place I thought it was, mind you still have the weather and beautiful scenery.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Revamping a Damaged Model Schooner for a Non Profit
    24 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Well done Ed, an incredible job, and you certainly went that extra mile with your fine detailed fittings blocks, and rigging. An absolutely beautiful boat and a credit to your skills and patience. I will be very interested to hear the selling price of this beautiful schooner. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Revamping a Damaged Model Schooner for a Non Profit
    27 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Ed, that is one hell of a transformation on that boat, you have turned it into a work of art a very nice-looking schooner, the repairs matching in beautifully with the original timbers. You have certainly doubled the value of what it was. I was pleased to see once again the artwork in the corner, especially that wonderful picture,"not tonight it's a headache." Take good care of yourself, and best wishes for the New Year, regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great stuff and the best video to date, it is very maneuverable and I love the sliding turns. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great stuff JB, and a great video with a sense of realism and an interesting exhaust note. It certainly is extremely maneuverable and looks great on the water. Quite incredible what you have achieved with a few plumbing fittings and a motor with a rotor. How on earth do you manage to control it and video at the same time? Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ My little Victory
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Martin, (and long time no see) incredible detail especially on that bowsprit (the front bit) and the mast rigging. Quite a Victory in more ways than one, the fine detail is outstanding and I would love to see more photos if that is possible. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Friends
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Well said my friend, truer words were never spoken, and quite strange in the fact we have friends who we have never met, and friends who we are unlikely to meet. To all my friends, colleagues, and critics. I wish you all a happy Christmas and very best wishes for The New Year. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi JB, and thanks for that which was very much appreciated and looked really impressive. Looking really good on the water and even managed a mini rooster tail. Considering the water was choppy and one hell of a wind blowing I think you did very well. Correct me if I am wrong but supposedly it's the middle of summer at your end as in warm and pleasant and that sort of thing. Great stuff and I really enjoyed the video, the build blog, and the improvement on top of improvement that you made to your original design. Nothing succeeds like success, absolutely brilliant. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi JB, and now I think about it yes I have seen you with models in and on the estuary, which I now gather is a lot nearer to home. Mind those lakeside properties were very desirable especially if you happen to be into model boats, or maybe the odd seaplane or two. Congratulations on your latest waterjet work boat, a brilliant design, and execution, and a fine-looking boat. The ten-dollar question, do you have any plans to post a video at full throttle or a decent speed, to find out what the boat is capable of, on the right day with the right conditions? I should imagine its full-sized counterpart is very fast. I dare say a lot of people on this site started with I/C engines in fast launches and speed boats and are speed freaks at heart. Regards, Gary.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great stuff, and very rewarding when a plan comes together, I think you more than deserved a good end result considering all the experimentation in the early stages. That is a great-looking lake with some rather nice property alongside, are you fortunate to call one of those properties yours, or are you still working on it? Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Storage
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    My completely rebuilt work of art in the conservatory, the garage was on the full side and like Trev yes I live on my own.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gluing the deck and hull together
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I absolutely love this build because it's something completely different, and consequently created different and difficult problems along the way. All of which you have managed to solve and find solutions for, and kept soldiering on to your present almost complete stage. Well done you, an incredible, creative and very interesting build which looks fantastic, a master class in problem-solving, can't wait to see it on the water. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Free Christmas Prize Draw!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I am rather inclined to agree that the fastest route is Southward. As per the attached document states. The fastest sailing route around the world is to sail south from the Atlantic to the Southern Ocean Antarctica.

    ๐Ÿ“ Looking for a Maxwell Hemmens catalog with the Lady Jane hull in it.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Ron, I am pleased that the information I posted was useful and helped you out. Maxwell (Jonh) Hemmens is and was an incredible engineer, who manufactured a very wide range of steam-powered machines, from traction engines to trains, mill and beam engines, and of course marine engines, he made two V fours the Caton, and the Max4, now both of these are worth a king's ransome, mind they were never cheap in the first place but they are definitely made to last. Regards, Gary. (My Avatar) the open Launch is a Caton engine and a 4 x4 Boiler care of the man himself. The guy holding the Lady Jane is Jonh Hemmens.

    ๐Ÿ“ Free Christmas Prize Draw!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you, Stephen, very much appreciated as computer problems are definitely not my strong point. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Free Christmas Prize Draw!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Stephen, the Christmas quiz is great and so far so good. I have posted a Maxwell (John) Hemmens catalogue on here in Adobe format which I can't access, can you kindly suggest how to open this file? Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Looking for a Maxwell Hemmens catalog with the Lady Jane hull in it.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Ron, I have found some information for you and hopefully, I can transfer it onto the website here with regard to John Hemmens. Regards, Gary. I also have a coloured catalogue somewhere.

    ๐Ÿ“ Moving on
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Rick, I definitely do not envy you your task of, having to pack up everything which is to go into storage until your high-rise apartment is ready. A true case of onwards and upwards unless you happen to be on the ground floor. Hopefully, you have some arrangements for Christmas and the waiting time before you get into your new home. For what it is worth you both would be more than welcome here I have plenty of room and a large place with only me in it. Although I dare say you have something sorted with family or whatever. So hoping everything works out alright and all goes according to plan. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Winter Project
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Interesting bit of boat surgery there, filleted comes to mind and a very neat job you made of it, proving it doesn't only apply to fish. Regards, Gary.

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    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Rick, my admirable Admiral friend, and good to hear from you. I am pleased to hear you have moved in and have a spare bedroom to continue on the hobby front be it boats, trains, or whatever. Out of interest how far is Hamilton from your old address at Stoney Creek, and what exactly is a "condo" in layman's terms? I am aware of the word conderminion although I am not really sure exactly what that is as it's American terminology. Good to see you back on here and hopefully settled in at your new address. Take good care of yourself. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Steam Power
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Trev, I didn't realise that your last photo above was the steam engine running, so having just watched that and it runs quite well I have two questions, first is there a water level sight gauge? Plus there doesn't seem to be a boiler pressure gauge? Mind I do appreciate that this boiler design goes back a long way probably the seventies, a pity they never saw fit to update and modernize it to suit today's standards and safety. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Steam Power
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Trev, and always good to see a little more on the steam scene. Saito make some really nice steam engines and have a very good reputation, as in robust and reliable. I think I would be tempted to replace the spirit burner with a gas torch nozzle of the same diameter, with a gas cut-off valve between the torch and gas canister. This would make for an easier safer and more controllable setup, and you could take it a step further by fitting a boiler pressure-controlled gas valve, this will save you both water and gas, as when the pressure reaches the set pressure, it cuts the gas down to a pilot flame until the boiler pressure drops. Microcosm on eBay is the only supplier, and the bad news is the price has almost doubled over this last year. It is a P5-B steam-controlled gas regulator. Well, something to think about anyway. I will be very interested in your build and progress, and I am again working on my Clyde Puffer and will restart my blog shortly. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cockpit coaming
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Graham, a very interesting build if ever there was, reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch that started with the words,"and now for something completely different," which it most certainly is, different, very interesting, captivating in the fact in the fact I can't wait to see what comes next. Roll on the next episode. Keep up the good work as you are doing an incredibly skillful job of master-minding this project. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ An exceptionally nice looking V twin.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I saw this engine recently and couldn't help myself, I just had to have it as there is definitely something about a V twin, ask any Harley rider. After building it I now have a degree in plumbing. The engine is from Chiltern Steam Models, and comes in kit form, and was reasonably priced everything considered. They also make an electric boiler for static engines so as no gas or fumes indoors, at half the price of a normal 3 1/2" diameter boiler. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Moving on
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Well, my admirable Admiral friend, I thought you had been a bit quiet of late and didn't realise you were having problems. I am really sorry to hear that you are having to downsize and will be leaving the site. I hope that things work out for you and your other half Nancy, my very best wishes to both of you, and I am hoping things work out for you, and you will consider keeping in touch via this website. Take good care of yourselves, regards and best wishes. Gary.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian K100D waterjet work boat project
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi JB, I just love the sheer complexity of it, in the very beginning it looked relatively simple and I could see where you were going with it, and it sort of made sense and I could almost understand where it was going. Now I haven't got a clue as it is so complicated with its hinged flaps, linkages, and servos everywhere. Mind it is a wonderfully complex bit of plumbing with artistic license and I think you are doing a great job. Well done it is absolutely brilliant, sort of thinking out of the box and then fitting a flap on it. (Servo controlled of course.) Regards, Gary. (The plumbing for a steam engine is far less complex, mind probably a bit more expensive, but less strain on the brain.)

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Back to the Fish Port surrounds.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Stephen, and absolutely brilliant work as always, I really admire your determination and true grit style, despite the odds you always get there in the end, and produce a fitting with a realistic factor that looks just right. As you are into the deck fittings at the moment have you given any thought to the making of the steam capstan winch? Just wondering. Regards, Gary.

    ๐Ÿ“ Royal Yacht Britannia.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง GaryLC ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    A few more facts and photos of The Royal Yacht Britannia, built in the John Brown Shipyard and launched in 1953, and was commissioned in 1954. She was decommissioned in 1997 on orders from Tony Blair as being too expensive, and I think there's a joke there somewhere. Regards, Gary. (Photo 1) Britannia in London, 2) Model boat made of silver plate, 3) Rather large dining room, 4) Small room for Royal Marine crew, 5) Travel gifts from various countries.)



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