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by RGSP
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Any german steam boat captains reachable?
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Any german steam boat captains reachable?

The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain (usually shortened to "The SBA") lists 13 members in Germany; association rules do not allow publication of members names and addresses, but the SBA Register lists over 20 steamboats in the country, and has free access. The SBA website is at: https://www.s...
by RGSP
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Boiler Repairs
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Boiler Repairs

I don't know anyone directly who repairs boilers in Scotland, but I'm pretty sure Kevin Slater, our current SBA chairman and owner of Steamwell Boilers (near Gloucester) will know if there is anyone. The advantage of asking Kevin is that being in the business himself, he knows who does a good job at...
by RGSP
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Modern History

Stitch and glue construction. I used expensive plywood but I seriously doubt that box store crud or MDO sign board would compromise the integrity of the hull. Glass cloth and epoxy resin on all surfaces. The plywood is just a core of a sandwich panel. Balsa or foam would probably do as well with ca...
by RGSP
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Oil burner consumption

My boat uses about 10 litres of kerosene in a day's steaming. 20' boat, around 3000lb displacement, Stuart 6A engine and a 3-drum water-tube boiler with feed preheater.
by RGSP
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: chelmer river uk how do I get on it?
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: chelmer river uk how do I get on it?

My posting above was done in a bit of a hurry, but for Colin and others, I can add a bit more. The first thing to say is that there is not much fresh water available for steaming in Essex and virtually none in Suffolk, although quite a lot in Norfolk - at a hefty toll from the Broads Authority. In f...
by RGSP
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: chelmer river uk how do I get on it?
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: chelmer river uk how do I get on it?

There appears to be a slip behind the Paper Mill Lock Tea Rooms at Little Baddow, but whether it is just private you'd need to investigate. By agreement with the proprietor of the Old Stables Tea Room. Use of the slipway should be booked through Sarah Phillips, Administration Assistant based at Pap...
by RGSP
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Fuel oil preferences
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: Fuel oil preferences

I would like to support Fred's comments on commercial high-pressure atomising burners used with Kerosene or heating fuel. They work very nicely, whereas a lot of home-made steamboat burners don't. A vapourising burner with pre-heat from denatured alcohol is an option, or at least was an option when ...
by RGSP
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Propellor tip clearance
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: Propellor tip clearance

I've been out and measured mine as it sits on a trailer by the barn. Clearance is just under 3", top and bottom above and below a 16" screw. I have no doubt the clearance is more than necessary, but the hull is a standard "Nell" from Blossom's boatyard near Oxford, and that's the way it is. Maximum ...
by RGSP
Mon May 20, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: New Stainless Economizer
Replies: 17
Views: 690

Re: New Stainless Economizer

I suspect that almost everyone with a steamboat is aware of the chloride enhanced stress corrosion cracking in Austenitic stainless steels. 304 is fairly prone to it, wherease 316 is often called a "marine" grade, whereas in fact it is only a factor of around ten better than 304. To be honest, I thi...
by RGSP
Sun May 05, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: How to Install Brass Trim Between Hull and Deck??
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: How to Install Brass Trim Between Hull and Deck??

"Alpha" brass is a metallurgists term, but I don't know a more common name for it. Ordinary brass has a classic binary phase diagram, with a high copper alpha phase which is ductile and fairly soft suitable for rolling into strip; that changes rapidly with increasing zinc to the beta phase which is ...