It you want to buy a steam powered yacht now is the time to bid. This is not an advertisement, I am just mentioning it to see if there is any interest in steam amongst this group. If this is inappropriate please remove this notice.
Not inappropriate to me, since you're "one of the bunch". But how about a link to the eBay site to make it more accesible?
Sorry to hear you have to sell it. Wish I could get it. I love steam powered stuff.
Cut and paste in your address bar and it will come up. Thanks for not being offended, Frank
Oh boy, if I was closer........
Beautiful boat Frank!
If I bought it, would you store it till winter? No way can I get down there before
Love it! I bet if you posted a video of it in operation on the water, the steady chugga chugga sound of the steam engine would sell it for you. Very unique. Very beautiful woodwork and old world craftsmanship. Jim Patrick
Not inappropriate in the least, Frank. I'm sure many on this site, myself included, would love to add that baby to our stable. Very impressive! BTW, where was that photo taken?
Have you tried Northwest Steam Society?
Good folks, maybe a bit far away.
Quite a few steam fans here. Is 1939 the year of the engine?
What kind of boiler is in it?
Frank. Not inappropriate at all in my opinion. Would love to have it. very very nice. Good luck with the sale. Thanks for letting us see it again ...
David Dewey, it is a 50 square foot water tube boiler with 40 hours on it,
I wonder if freighter Jim is ready to haul THIS?
I wish I had time and space for another hobby/toy looks like fun.
Yes Les I can store it until winter. Frank
If it were a VFT Boiler and closer......
Frank, you are always good at posting here. You could post any kind of debauchery here and still come out as clean as Hillary ! LOL.
I thought so, from the shell shape--is it a Don Mentzer boiler? (I may be misspelling Don's last name, been to long since I wrote it!) Is that a York cylinder casting on the engine? I really like the folding seat, not having a back on a seat nowadays is a real downer for me! Are you running at around 150WSP? Do you have a keel condenser and a hot well?
I know, too many questions!
Any chance you'll take it up to the B&W meet, if you still have it?
David you ask good questions. It has a two gallon hot well and a four or five gallon supply tank. An under water condenser and three water supply pumps. One is engine driven, one is a foot pump and the other one is a hand pump.
I believe you spelled it correctly.
I was told it was a rebuilt 1910 engine, was I incorrectly informed ?
The seat is also double hinged so you can fold it into the side of the boat and walk around.
The fifty square foot waster tube boiler runs at only 65 pounds of pressure at the lake which is at 6800 feet. The propane burns a yellow and partially blue flame up there and thus only 65 pounds. The boiler is rated at 120 and we have a 120 and 125 pop-off valve. We have played with the air mixture and have it at its best. We do five miles an hour so that ain't too shabby for a two horsepower engine. We do hull speed.
Thanks, I guess it shows that I've been around steam launches.
So, it is a Don Mentzer boiler? He builds great boilers. Wow only 65 lbs and you do hull speed, that's great. Wondered where the lake was, it looks a lot like Clearlake up here, except you have much fancier boat facilities and waterfront homes.
It could be 1910 engine, can't tell from the pics. that's quite a hydrostatic lubricator and holding bracket you have on top! I'm guessing about a 3" x 3-1/2" engine?
I'm drooling on my keyboard, BTW! Linda says, "When would have time to go steamboating?" Well, gee I dunno, but there's lakes around here--when they have water in them! There's a little one about 1/2 mile away, but I don't know if there's a ramp, or if "powerboats" are even allowed on it.
Now that I look at the pic above, I think I can see the hotwell on the opposite side of the boiler casing, and I can see the handle for the hand pump. I like the way it's laid out, and it looks like a very comfortable boat.
OK, now really crazy, would my little Toyota Tacoma 1/2 ton pickup be able to tow it safely?? I know if I get another steamboat, it has to be a light one!
David, I think the trailer and boat weigh about 1800 pounds all together. A four cylinder engine could pull it. I take the seats out and the brass lamps and the awning off. A clamping device holds the boat on the trailer and the bow is held on by the loading winch.
Our son tows it with his Dodge Dakota pic-up which is basically a Durango without the back seats. It tows well at 55 or more and has a spare wheel and three new tires with only 200 miles on them. We get lots of looks and horn honking.
Here is a closer look at the engine.
Yes it has the mandatory paddle
Note the wooden hand throttle on the insulated steam pipe.
Frank, that's no paddle, that's an emergency back-up navigation device!
That's a rugged-looking engine! I see the cylinder drain cock valves are piped into the bilge; one way to keep the floor boards clean!
I take it the vertical piece on the other side of the engine is the feedwater pre-heater? and then the exhaust is going down to the condenser. Do you have a vacuum pump too? If so, how much vacuum do you usually pull? That would certainly help you get more power out of 65lbs WSP.
It certainly sounds like it would be towable. Oh my, and you have finished much as I would (given time and funding) which is the highest compliment I can give, as I'm finicky!!
Drool Drool Drool; But I'm on a Model T budget looking at a Pierce Arrow you have here.
Just thought I'd let everyone know that Fast Frank's boat, Tinkerbelle, found a new home. Unfortunately it's not MY home. Congrats on your success, Frank.
It is said a boat owner has two great days owning a boat, the day of purchase, and the day of sale.
Sadly, that is not always true though! I miss the Mikahalla still--maybe time has erased the bad times?