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42 Ft Steam Launch “SURTA”

£ P.O.A.


  • DLOA & LWL: 42’ canal gauge
  • Beam: 6’ 10”
  • Draft 3’
  • Approx 7.5 tons


  • 15 H.P. compound steam engine 5”+7” x 7.5” built by Sissons & Co. Glos. 1950.
  • Piston valve on the HP end driven by Stephenson’s link motion reversing gear. Slide valve and slip eccentric on the LP end.
  • Right handed three bladed bronze propeller 24”x 53”.


  • 3-drum all-welded steel water tube boiler, Diesel fired, with an an output of 300 lbs per hour @ 150 psi.
  • Engine driven pump, injector and hand operated boiler feed pumps. Fitted with Windermere kettle. 18 Sq Ft skin condenser, welded to the outside of the hull.

Built by Bristol shipyard owner David Abels to his own design and for his own use in 1988, “Surta” has space for longer cruises being fitted with a double bed, toilet, shower, cooker and fridge.

A regular at Thames regattas and SBA events. Now for sale in good condition with a new boiler certificate.

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