14 Ft 6″ Steam Launch “CHATWIN”
Length overall 14’ 6”
This beautiful craft was built in the early nineties, recently restored and maintained to a very high standard.
A replica of a Welsh steam launch of c1855. The heavy-duty GRP hull is dressed in mahogany from the laid decks to the curved combings, this took a craftsman three years to complete. Hull houses six-storage lockers under the seating with additional fore and aft peak storage, plus two further water storage tanks.
Open launch Hull:
- Size: LOA- 14’ 6” LWL 14’ Beam 5’ Draft 1’ 6”.
- Construction: White GRP hull and decks with Brazilian mahogany laid deck, thwarts, lockers and full interior trim.
- Build: Hull only built 1991 by Gibbs and Thurston at Edmonton.
- Fit out: 1991-94.
Engine – Single 2.25″ x 2.5″:
- Design: Cyril Taylor
- Construction: C.T. castings the crank is machined from solid EN8. A larger Stuart Turner flywheel is fitted
- Builder: John Hill
- Drive: Drive is from the flywheel end with a Stevenson link reverse, through stainless shaft and 14 x24 bronze prop.
Boiler – Water tube coils:
- Design: Blackstaff 5A Marine
- Construction: All copper 1995
- Working pressure: 100 PSI.
- Type approval: SBA
- Fuel: Paraffin/Kerosene through vaporising burner.
- Fuel tank: 19.5 litres in high-pressure tank.
Unlike most steam locomotives, the plant recycles the water/steam passing the waste steam through a heat exchanger before exiting the hull and passing through underwater condensing tubes before re-entering the hull and reservoiring in the stainless steel hot well, situated ahead of the boiler. A piston pump driven by the engine through a toothed belt draws the water from the hot well and pushes into the pressurised system through a non-return valve. Inevitably, water is lost in this process so additional water is carried on board in forward tanks, balanced on port and starboard and using a two-way selector valve additional fresh water can be pumped into the system, Water can also be supplied from these tanks to be drawn in by a steam injector. After a day’s steaming, the system can be blown down through a discharge outlet through the hull. A nice touch is the “Windermere Kettle” for making hot fresh tea. The boiler runs on kerosene on a non-vented pressurised system. In essence, the fuel is introduced through the sealing filler on the foredeck until the system is full which is indicated by an internal drain to a container. The system is then sealed and pressurised to about 120 PSI through a foot pump the air pressure being stored in a high pressure air vessel located in the forepeak and as indicated on a pressure gauge. The burner is similar to a blowlamp vaporising the fuel. By passing over the burners then back through the jets. This is controlled by a needle valve controlling the liquid and then a gas valve located in the front of the boiler.
S.L Chatwin is offered for sale in fully restored condition, benefiting from a new unfired boiler, new engine, trailer, cover, and detailed inventory.
Paddle Steamer “MONARCH”
P.S. Monarch is a 42 Ft paddle steamer licensed for 12 passengers and sheis reputedly the smallest commercial paddle steamer in the world with all the features and charm of her bigger sisters.
42 feet long
7 feet 9 inches beam (14 feet including paddle sponsons)
Hull is flat bottomed with a fine entry and a counter stern, drawing 21”. It was made by Bob Deards of Stargate Marine. Fore and aft Vetus thrusters are fitted.
Compound Marine Engine 4 1/2” HP, 8” LP and 10 ½” stroke by Staniforth Engineering, Rochester.
Boiler feed pump and air pump are engine driven off the little ends by rocking beams.
The engine exhausts into an inboard condenser then to a hotwell, to be pumped back into the boiler. Cooling water to the condenser is provided by a 12v centrifugal pump.
The boiler is a scotch dry back type built by Chatham Steam, fired by diesel fuel through a Riello 240v burner.
240v power is supplied by a Paguro diesel yacht generator.
The saloon and wheel house are wood, the boiler room housing is steel.
Steam Yacht “MYRA”
- Length 42 ft
- Beam 8ft 7in
- Clipper bow and counter stern, carvel teak non oak frames.
- 4 berths in two cabins and a galley.
- Engine triple expansion 4.1/2 + 7 x 6” stroke, with scotch boiler, currently oil fired. All steam auxiliaries.
Steam Launch “ESPERANZA”
- Construction: Double-diagonal mahogany.
LOA: 52′ 0″, LWL: 45′ 0″, Beam: 7′ 6″, Draft: 3′ 9″
Clipper bow, counter stern, wheel steering, steam heated aft saloon, 3 berths, white, varnished teak saloon, deck and interior, 7 knots.
- Boiler: Lune Valley type WT Built 1980 by John Ashton at Wallingford. Fuel: Oil.
- Engine: Twin High Pressure 5″ + 5″ X 6″. SV valve.