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I really can't believe that considering all the members that use this website, that no one is interested in steam engines and what steam has to offer. Why go to all that trouble of adding artificial engine sounds and smokers, when you can have it all and more, by installing a gas boiler and steam engine. When I think of the problems involved to find plans and scratch build a boat, why not go for the authentic look and fit a steam engine. In the fifty years or so I have been involved in this hobby I have NEVER ever installed an electric motor in a boat. If anyone out there in the ether shares my passion for steam, kindly get in touch, I would appreciate not being completely on my OWN.
[Score: 9/10] 36"/1200g Lady Ayla and Elena. Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 25mins Single Propellor Direct Drive to a The Caton piston valve Controlled Through servo controlled ESC - Comments: Clinker built open launches built to show off the boiler, steam engine and complex plumbing.
[Score: 10/10] 42"/1200g Lady Marian Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 55mm) Geared to a OS. 6.5cc Marine 4 stroke. (4 Blade) Controlled Through servo controlled ESC - Comments: 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.
[Score: 10/10] 34"/1500g Anteo Harbour Tug Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 20mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive to a Piston Valve Twin Cylinder (3 Blade) Controlled Through Servo controlled ESC - Comments: 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.
Hi Rick I am having a few problems here trying to manipulate this website, I have read your message asking about an engine flywheel, and I will make one for you as I have the necessary diameter brass bar. your problem is figuring out how I get it to you, let me know how we can accomplish this problem. Regards, Gary.
Hi Rick, and I am hoping this helps, the inlet and exhaust manifolds on the engine have no fittings included for you to screw onto, the connecting end is just a plain 1/8" brass pipe, so you need to silver-solder your fitting to suit. I have included a photo which hopefully will help. you are going to need some elbows (90* bends) and maybe a Tee piece or two, globe valves and the pipe fittings to put it all together, plus a condenser to collect and separate the exhaust waste steam. My condenser is simply a piece of 2" brass pipe, I can do you some piping diagrams for you if this helps, or send me a plan of how you are going to connect it all together. The end result will be worth it I promise. Regards, Gary. Hang on in there I have every confidence.
Hi Rick, would you believe it is me yet again, I just thought you might like to check out my Harbour, as I have just put three boats in there, all with steam engines. Plus I was thinking if I where you which I am not but if I was. you will need to buy an oil lubricator for your engine, and Clevedon Steam has a lubricator with a throttle lever control valve attached to it, this would make a lot of sense. Question, can you silver solder as you will need to fabricate some pipe work? Regards Gary.
[Score: 9/10] 34"/1200g Lady Ayla Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 45mm) Belt to a Maxwell Hemmings Caton (3 Blade) Controlled Through servo controlled ESC - Comments: 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.
[Score: 10/10] 44"/2300g Danny Boy Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 25mins Direct Drive Controlled Through Servo controlled ESC - Comments: 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.
[Score: 8/10] 45"/1900g Topaz Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive to a Cheddar slide valve (4 Blade) Controlled Through servo controlled ESC - Comments: 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.
Hi Rick, and there is no news like good news, I promise you will not regret buying the engine, a wonderful piece of kit and runs like a Swiss watch. Its crowning glory is the fact it runs on less than 30 PSI an easy boiler pressure to maintain. I am sure you will enjoy building the engine and sorting out the slide valve timing, and you will have a good understanding of exactly how it works. Hoping the old eyes are still sharp, for all those tiny screws. Regards, Gary. PS. The ideal boiler size is 3 1/2" dia. 6" length, will give you near enough 30 mins. run time.
Hello Tica, and very nice to make your acquaintance, and I very much appreciate your comment. I think the two video clips posted are quite incredible, and very much admire the skills of the builders and the finely detailed finish on both boats. I rather wish we had more steam enthusiasts in this country, but I am afraid it is nearly all electric motors more is the pity. Regards to yourself and Bernhard definitely the king of fine detail. Gary.
Another youtube offering, and also Danish as per the last video. A very neat steam engine installation of a twin cylinder slide valve, in an open hardwood boat. The three figures on board are to a very high standard and dressed very much the same as the last video. It would seem besides bacon, Denmark is the place to find one's authentic boat crew.
Hi Rick, I have just posted a bit of video on here which I found very interesting, mainly due to the fine detail of the two figures in the boat, and the fact they are animated via servos. The stuff in the boat has to be seen to be believed, from a Bulldog to a shotgun and tools and stuff everywhere. Very very realistic, and steam beats electric motors every time, welcome to the club. Regards, Gary.
Found this on youtube and had to copy it onto here, the fine detail and the two figures in the boat are unbelievable. A standard to work up to hopefully. A pity the boat is not on the water, can't get over the incredible detail. Enjoy.
Hi, I have just googled this and found a fair bit of info and photos, she has had her name changed many times, plus engines and super-structure. She was built on the Tyne in 1944, Newcastle area, and was broken up in 1992 in Ontario Canada. The photos are definitely worth a good coat of looking at. Regards, Gary.
Hi al2612, and rather a pity that folks on here don't have proper names. Anyway, besides that try googling mountfleet models and mobile marine who have a reasonable range of tugs. It has to be an Empire tug, WW2 ish, have a crack at googling Empire Paul Tug. Regards, Gary.
Hi Rick, yes Clevedon Steam is where I get a lot of fittings and stuff from, and another one is Macmodels, plus they sell the TVR1 BB steam engine which I use. If you don't manage to post a few photo's soon, I am sending you a camera for Christmas. Regards, Gary.
Rick, it's myself yet again, and having been involved with steam for at least the last FORTY YEARS, I can answer most of your problems and help. Google CLEVEDON STEAM here in the U/K and this guy can help you with all the steam fittings you may require. Look for lever operated valves via servo, you could use this valve for a throttle valve, (steam control) or a gas cutoff valve. If you have any problems get in touch I am here to help. Regards , Gary.
Morning Rick, well it is morning here and bloody cold also, on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words, we're going to have to get you into photography, I would love to see some photos of what you are up to, and plan to stick more pictures on here in the very near future. Regards, Gary.
Hello to Rick and Peejay, Rick this bit is for you, Good to hear you have a steam engine fitted, and are contemplating a bench run to see how long it will run on a boiler full of water. It will bench run longer than on the water as the engine has no loading, I would recommend you fit a gas cut off valve to be on the safe side. I once years ago ran out of water and had to watch the boiler turn its wooden lagging to charcoal. No major damage was done but it did smell a bit for some time. Peejay may I suggest that you Google the likes of Microcosm and other Chinese manufacturers of model steam engines, there is an awful lot out there you will be surprised, try for a twin double acting side valve as they are very efficient, and will run on only 20 - 30 PSI, plus a 1/2" bore twin cylinder will easily power a one metre length hull. Regards to you both, Gary.
Hi Rick I favour aluminium tubing as you can buy any diameter you want, a 12" length is not expensive, then using milliput putty mould a few rings of putty around it say top, bottom and an inch from the top, square them up on a lathe then you can fix the four stays into the putty, which looks just like the real thing in miniature. Regards, Gary. (I'll bung you a photo.)
A very nice looking and efficient steam engine, I have one which is similar made by Cheddar whether it is a Proteus or not I'm not sure, I bought it in an Edwardian Steam launch which to date has never been fired up as such. Regards.
Good Morning Rick, well it is here in the U/K. out of curiosity, I had a look at your profile as I imagined you were young and just starting off with steam, at least I got the second bit right and discovered you were of 1947 vintage, easy to figure out as I am from 1946. That was a bit of a shock to the system, anyway I thought I would share with you the fact the TVR steam engines are manufactured in the US of A, across the border by Graham Industries, almost on your door-step so to speak. Regards, Gary.