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by PeteThePen1
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: A new-old 25' launch

Yes, the re-build the hull and re-use the interior route has much to recommend it. The launch Gondola on Coniston in the English Lake District was saved in this manner. There is a brief outline of the story here: https://arthur-ransome.fandom.com/wiki/Steam_Yacht_Gondola,_Coniston Of course, another...
by PeteThePen1
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: My column-style steamengine
Replies: 69
Views: 16138

Re: My column-style steamengine

Yet another first class addition to your engine. Well done.

I think I must have missed your explanation of the condenser details. Will you use feedwater to cool the exhaust steam or simply draw water from that in which the boat floats?

Regards

Pete
by PeteThePen1
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: A new-old 25' launch

Well done. Congratulations on saving the hull. The thoughts of other posters are wise, but I notice that nobody has suggested a slight alternative to restoration. What about documenting the hull in as much detail as you can and then perhaps getting a wooden boat builder to build an exact copy. It mi...
by PeteThePen1
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Hot wells
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Hot wells

Thanks Fred and Mike It was useful to have that clear explanation. Would I be right in thinking that a good design point for a hot well would be to make it tall with a small surface area with the volume being less important. That should mean that the level will drop quite quickly as water is pumped ...
by PeteThePen1
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Frances-Anne
Replies: 85
Views: 50255

Re: Frances-Anne

Hi Everybody Yet another insignificant update for you. Today we ran a hydro test to see if the damaged mud drum plug was going to be pressure tight. It turned out not to be even water tight. Thus a drill out from 3/4" BSP to 7/8" BSP and a new plug is on the agenda. Goacher Sails have now supplied t...
by PeteThePen1
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: My column-style steamengine
Replies: 69
Views: 16138

Re: My column-style steamengine

Hi Folks Thanks to Ron for his idea for cleaning brass and bronze. Having a very badly discoloured rudder and prop on Frances Ann, which shows up like a sore thumb given my recent re-fit work, I thought I would try the idea. For those who like things quantified, I used 250g of table salt and 250g of...
by PeteThePen1
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: Hello from Somerset, England!
Replies: 1
Views: 666

Re: Hello from Somerset, England!

Hi James Welcome to the forum! You will get lots of suggestions to answer any questions you may have from the Members here. We also like lots of photos to illustrate what is going on with your project. (Photo posting is a bit wobbly on the site. It can cope with one, but not two. The trick for two i...
by PeteThePen1
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Steam engine from the North Caucasus
Replies: 58
Views: 3736

Re: Steam engine from the North Caucasus

Well done! I do like the components that you have shown us in your photos. Big enough to see without the need for a magnifying glass! Some of us in the more Westerly parts of Europe have small boats and tiny steam plant.

Look forward to seeing your progress.

Regards

Pete
by PeteThePen1
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Frances-Anne
Replies: 85
Views: 50255

Re: Frances-Anne

Back on the road again with Mike at the wheel and we ate up the miles northwards. Fortunately, having checked the details of the route on Google Earth Street view I was able to provide reasonable navigation aids to Mike and we arrived at Greg's yard within minutes of our forecast ETA. Following a to...
by PeteThePen1
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Frances-Anne
Replies: 85
Views: 50255

Re: Frances-Anne

Getting ready for the road.jpg Happily Mike is good with that sort of thing and it was soon fixed. We then set out with me at the wheel but with the rig facing the wrong way. Should we start with a three point turn? Why bother said Mike, just go around the block, so we did. From there we headed for...