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Offline steamer

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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2012, 06:38:02 PM »
Hi Jerry,

Well, assuming I don't need to fix or adjust anything......a rare occurance on any steamboat.

Load the truck with wood.  I use scraps from a hard wood floor company ....mostly kiln dried hickory....goes like gasoline!

Paper to get started with

Fill the bow tank.
Check the trailer tires
Check the tools
Check the oil
Load up the kids....as required
Go
Get there.
Lite off on the trailer....and get at least 60 psi on the gage....and blow down to 2/3's glass
Launch the boat....get wet usually
Warm the engine at the dock
Load up and push off./

I keep the wood in 5 gallon plastic buckets for easy of loading.
the boiler can be fired from the front or rear cockpit.....and it's hungry!
The engine has force lubricated ,via an oil pump , for the connecting rods big ends while everything else is drip feed
At top speed the engine is turning near 600 rpm with a 16 x 18 3 blade prop.  force lube to the con rod bearings at this speed is just about manditory.    They're just going to fast to count on drip feed.

I can take water from the bow tank or from the water I'm in.   The boat has a keel condensor for condensing duty with an engine driven feed and wet air pump.

It additionally has an injector and a hand feed pump.

I want to add more economizer to the boiler.  It has 4.5 square feet now and I would like to double it.   I have 1 square foot of feedwater heater

It's got a lot going on.   It can be a handful to operate and navigate....but I'm getting better at it.

Dave


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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2012, 02:18:41 AM »
Steamer:  What a nice boat!  Thanks for the nemes link. The pictures were great. 
Looks like it was a labor of love.
Thanks for showing it.
John Burchett
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2012, 03:08:46 AM »
You dont know how much arm-twisting it took to get Dave to build his own boat. He was going to BUY a boat. I even brought him to a Maine Boatbuilders Show and introduced him to some builder, just to scare hell out of him on prices. ;D

Once he got in to the idea he learned a huge bit about proper boat design and did a great job of it.

I am always on the lookout to sucker someone else into wood boat building  :LittleDevil:

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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2012, 03:20:28 AM »
Thanks for the kind comments!   Ron ....there's a special place for you.....near the grates of the boiler....come on down!...  :LittleDevil:



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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2012, 03:34:26 AM »
Dave

I don't know what the photo problem is. Yesterday they were showing on my computer but today they are not. Check your Photo Bucket Account to be sure they didn't get deleted/moved/renamed. I enjoyed seeing them again.

Cheers  :cheers:

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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2012, 03:38:24 AM »
I had the same problem re the photos but did a delete history and they are back (thanks for the tip Dan) :cheers:
Steamer thats one heck of a boat and engine my hat is off to you.
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2012, 03:43:31 AM »
Hi Don,

Oh I have my PB account well and truly sorted now.    Thats not the problem.   The firewall at work is the problem...doesn't like PB

Fair enough

I sorted out my pictures....ie I moved them....all of them.

Fresh start and all......

Dave
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2012, 01:08:57 AM »
Hi steamer,

You have truly done an outstanding job with your steamer. :)

Looking through the pictures on your pdf I find myself intrigued with the structure of your boat shed.  How are the trusses constructed?  Is the cover a tarp or something else?  It looks like an economical way of creating a work space.

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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2012, 01:45:12 AM »
Hi SGSW

It's called a bow roof shed.  The plans for it can be found online

http://www.by-the-sea.com/stimsonmarine/bowroof.html

I've got some pictures somewhere of the shed with 4 1/2 feet of snow on it or about 8000 pounds.....

Its made of laminated arches made up of 1x3 fir straping and 2x3's bent glued and screwed together.
I put it down on 11 cubic yards of "graded base" which is crushed stone/stone dust which compacts very well yet drains any and all water way.   

She's 14' wide and 30' long...but could be made bigger or smaller...your choice

It cost about $1000 when I built it

That's extra heavy tarp that I glued and screwed to the arches.   

Dave
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2012, 01:58:52 AM »
Here's the inside 5 years (and winters!) after I put it up and the hull was done.



Shows some features of the construction.

Dave
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2012, 02:16:31 AM »
Hi Dave, just looked at the PDF photos of the boat built. That is some of the most inspiring work. That was a labor of love bud and well done. You should be very proud of your achievement. Your son will have a treasure and legacy when he grows up. And I am sure he will be proud of it, like you are.

Don

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« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2012, 02:18:22 AM »
Thanks Don!    It only took 13 years...... :Doh:

Dave
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2012, 02:22:57 AM »
By the way...that shed is now 10 years old.....still as stout as the day I put it up....but has a new cover...My brother stores his car in it.

Dave
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2012, 02:24:37 AM »
Flank speed



Dave
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Re: Compound in my boat
« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2012, 03:31:01 AM »
If that's flank speed what does dead slow look like  :slap:

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