Steam Launch Victoria For Sale

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Steam Launch Victoria For Sale

Post by TahoeSteam » Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:44 am

I am sad to report that Ron, Roxanne, and Fred Parola have decided it is time to sell their beautiful launch "Victoria"

Originally built in the '80's by 'Califonia Steamboats Inc.' of Encino, California. She was the only boat known to be built by the company.

She was built in the style of a counter (fantail) stern saloon launch with a 25' long by 6'6" by 24" cold-moulded hull with wood superstructure and etched glass windows.

Her engine is based on Burleigh cylinders above trunk columns set forward of the boiler for ease of operation. Stevenson link reverse gear with slide valves on both cylinders. Keel condensing with a York/Bailey condensate pump. Bore and stroke of 3+5x4"

Her boiler is a new Olfeldt vertical watertube with 47sqft of heating surface and fired to 150psi by a Lune Valley style vapourizing burner. Ron perfected the vapourizer length to allow the burning of tax-free off-road diesel (without carboning up!) rather than more expensive paraffin or kerosene. The boiler was built and installed in 2017. Steam can be raised in as little as 20minutes. Water fed to the boiler via engine driven hypro pump, Penberthy injector, or hand driven ram pump.

Victoria features a forward steering station where she can easily be single-handed. Forward one will also find a cuddy cabin where one can find the privacy for a head call on the port a toilet. There is a cloth canopy with aluminium frame that is easily assembled by one person for the lascars working in the engineering and steering stations.

Aft one will find the saloon with plush padded seats quite comfortable, especially if the curtains are rolled down and steam heat turned on for those wetter days.

When Ron installed the new boiler he modified the plumbing so there were as few unnecessary rats nest and excess valves as possible. Very neat, tidy, and a pleasure to steam.

Victoria has only steamed a few times since the new boiler install due to health issues. She has always been stored dry and under cover.

Launch is located in Geyserville, California and only a short drive to launch at the beautiful Lake Sonoma.

$25,000 obo

New boiler install:


https://youtu.be/Cbik-b-rRcY
Victoria can been seen steaming here:

https://youtu.be/boAsr_PWMzk

https://youtu.be/zrzx0JWyuDo

I will be fielding questions and arranging viewings at (530)318-9528 wharcourt1@gmail.com
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Re: Steam Launch Victoria For Sale

Post by TahoeSteam » Thu Apr 14, 2022 9:49 pm

Victoria has been sold. Off to another wonderful couple.
~Wesley Harcourt~
Check out the steamboat and steamSHIP videos on my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/wesleyharcourtsteamandmore
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