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by RGSP
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: After Coal?
Replies: 42
Views: 1266

Re: After Coal?

There was an inquest near here yesterday, for a man who died on his boat in December: it sounds as though propane just filled the boat up while he was asleep in the cabin, possibly aided by alcohol. This is despite regular legally binding inspections of the installation, a requirement for at least t...
by RGSP
Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: After Coal?
Replies: 42
Views: 1266

Re: After Coal?

Nobody has answered the original question about grate area. In England these days you have get home-heating stoves tested for both output and efficiency/pollutants, before you can legally sell them. For multi-fuel stoves such as the one I use to supplement a heating oil, the output ratings burning w...
by RGSP
Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: "Isambard"
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: "Isambard"

No, I put that badly, my nearest steamable water is the Orwell, which is always salty, and any boat I own MUST be able to go on it. What I meant was a surprising number of steamboaters won't go on salt water because it messes up the polished brass work, which I regard as a shame. In fact I'm between...
by RGSP
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: "Isambard"
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: "Isambard"

Ah! I can't remember how far up the Tamar remains salty, but it's a shame not to be able to steam in salt water.
by RGSP
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: "Isambard"
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: "Isambard"

He/she certainly looks good in your photo. Good luck with the final details of fitting out: they always take longer than one can possibly believe beforehand! Where are you intending to steam her?
by RGSP
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 14
Views: 1970

Re: A new-old 25' launch

There's nothing really difficult in restoring an old hull to seaworthy (or at least riverworthy) condition, but it does need a lot of time, thought, and effort, and I would say a covered working space for it. Nobody could really blame you for filling in the worst holes, replacing a few frames, and ...
by RGSP
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 14
Views: 1970

Re: A new-old 25' launch

There's nothing really difficult in restoring an old hull to seaworthy (or at least riverworthy) condition, but it does need a lot of time, thought, and effort, and I would say a covered working space for it. Nobody could really blame you for filling in the worst holes, replacing a few frames, and t...
by RGSP
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: WANTED: Boiler for 16' Steam Launch
Replies: 3
Views: 1474

Re: WANTED: Boiler for 16' Steam Launch

Given that you're an SBA member now, give Kevin Slater a call: as SBA President currently, AND owner of a boilermaking company, he has lots of contacts, and may be able to suggest something. Incidentally, I think his waiting list for new boilers runs to something like 2 years.
by RGSP
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrically fired Boilers?
Replies: 12
Views: 1784

Re: Electrically fired Boilers?

There's nothing wrong with being slightly bonkers: steam involves eccentrics everywhere! Conventional domestic immersion heaters are not designed to take any significant pressure, and I don't know what would happen if they were subjected to it. However, if you ran one through a 1:1 isolation transfo...
by RGSP
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Counter-clockwise Drill bits
Replies: 22
Views: 3213

Re: Counter-clockwise Drill bits

Going back to the original posting and request, drill-service.co.uk do a range of specialist drill bits including left-handers. I'm doubtful whether they'll have reduced shank versions, and some lathe or grinder work may be called for if you really need that, though a reducing adapter may be easier,...