Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

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

Post by Colin chandler » Wed May 01, 2019 7:37 pm

I've done some research and discovered that my boat was built in 1963 a year before I was born
It was constructed by LH walker in Leigh on sea , that's 5 minutes up the road from Southend on sea were I live !
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Mr walker was a very well known boat builder, I hope he's not too pissed off with what I'm doing with his boat after all it's going back in the water instead of being broken up, it has been left laying on its port side at sometime in its life and that's caused it to rot away, but fear not I'm going to save it and use it again, it's 56 years old so I might get a vintage boat discount when buying a day licence for the canals! Every cloud lol
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by fredrosse » Fri May 03, 2019 2:47 am

Very few steamboats use reduction gearing, stay with direct drive. Also, the larger the propeller, the greater the opportunity for better propulsion efficiency, so stay with the biggest prop that has adequate clearance from the hull. My last prop boat (14 feet long) had a 14 x 17 prop at 400 RPM, and that was about only 3/4 horsepower. A 15 inch prop with the 5A will be about right, perhaps you will need to experiment with changing the pitch, but do that later, get steaming underway now.

The FAQ section of this forum will provide rough mathematical information on all this technical propulsion/engine/boiler/hull speed/required power issues.
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by Colin chandler » Fri May 03, 2019 8:42 pm

Fredrosse,
thankyou for replying, that's great news for me, now I can carry on with the shaft installation,
Pictures to follow
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by Colin chandler » Sat May 04, 2019 4:53 pm

Got the last bit of the keel done today
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now for some ribs
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by Colin chandler » Sun May 12, 2019 6:55 pm

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time to remove the sailboat seating on the sides and make some more room inside
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by Colin chandler » Sun May 12, 2019 6:59 pm

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Tops are off and now it's time to remove the framework and make some more space for seats inside
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by Colin chandler » Mon May 27, 2019 8:32 pm

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some pics of the boat one side done now it's time for the other lol
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Post by Colin chandler » Mon May 27, 2019 8:33 pm

Getting on to the other side now, looks a bit daunting but one step at a time
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by Lopez Mike » Tue May 28, 2019 12:34 am

Wooden boat restorations amaze me. If I were presented with a hull in that condition I would probably let out a shriek and scratch my eyes out.

Sometime I think that you guys could build a boat out of chop sticks.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
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Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

Post by PeteThePen1 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:49 am

Yes, its great to see this kind of restoration and being undertaken without drama. Well done Colin! Keep the photos coming in please.
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