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by SL Ethel
Tue May 28, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Starting up for the day
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Starting up for the day

I like it. Firing up on wood is an experience that deserves a good literary treatment.
by SL Ethel
Wed May 01, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam
Replies: 33
Views: 3180

Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

It looks great so far, Colin. You've chosen such a lovely looking hull - I'm sure she'll be a very elegant boat. You are inspiring me to get off my tail with my own project. Thanks for sharing your project with us!

Cheers,
Scott
by SL Ethel
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Desuperheater question
Replies: 15
Views: 1503

Re: Desuperheater question

Thanks for the input, Fred. I think the conclusion, then, is that I'm likely just going to burn up an oversized superheater. This boat is supposed to be a relaxed cruising boat, so I don't want to set it up such that it needs constant fiddling just to not self-destruct. I think it makes sense just t...
by SL Ethel
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Desuperheater question
Replies: 15
Views: 1503

Re: Desuperheater question

Thanks for the input. The reason I was thinking about a superheater rather than a feed water heater in the firebox is for efficiency's sake - I wanted to preserve the counter-flow heat exchange of having the hottest heat transfer surface (the superheater element) next to the fire, followed by the ge...
by SL Ethel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Desuperheater question
Replies: 15
Views: 1503

Desuperheater question

I am putting together a wood-fired ofeldt boiler, using a round firebox with castable refractory lining I already have. The only downside to this firebox in its last incarnation was that the refractory stored a LOT of heat. This was very noticeable even with the 18" diameter firebox under a pressure...
by SL Ethel
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Favourite cylinder lubrication
Replies: 14
Views: 1883

Re: Favourite cylinder lubrication

Long story short, it works great!... if you can find something to suspend it in that won't evaporate too quickly Well, there goes my graphite-dissolved-in-acetone plan! In seriousness, than you for the feedback on the graphite. Based on your description, I think I will definitely give it a try. It ...
by SL Ethel
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Favourite cylinder lubrication
Replies: 14
Views: 1883

Re: Favourite cylinder lubrication

If I may circle back to the first post in the thread... what prompts the decision to start using oil instead of graphite? I was considering doing just the opposite switch as I convert to a condensing system. How did you introduce the graphite, and why was it not satisfactory? Thanks in advance, Scott
by SL Ethel
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Jay R. Benford 25ft Fantail Launch
Replies: 19
Views: 2631

Re: Jay R. Benford 25ft Fantail Launch

I've never sailed one, but I believe I do have sketches with small scale lines for his 34' and 38' fantails. They were published in a book of his designs that I purchased 20 years ago in Vancouver. I could scan and email that if anyone needs. They certainly looked like lovely little boats. Cheers, S...
by SL Ethel
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Steam Thruster?
Replies: 61
Views: 11554

Re: Steam Thruster?

I second the trolling motor idea. You can still use steam for the battery charging, and so be a 100% steam powered vessel (after all, the Normandie had a steam electric propulsion system, so you are in very good historical company there). My thought is that even on a small boat, if a thruster is to ...
by SL Ethel
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Anoraks Corner
Topic: Seeking Advice on Milling Machine
Replies: 14
Views: 4364

Re: Seeking Advice on Milling Machine

Mike, thanks for the reminder to check the thread form. 1/4-20 threaded rod felt right threading into the machine, but I don't know if whitworth might also fit. I'll double check. I have most of the original gib screws, so I should be able to be sure fairly easily.

Thanks!

Scott