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Re: Simplicity hit and miss...going to a new home.....probably.
« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2019, 11:20:33 PM »
At least with the diesel, the boat will get some usage.

I once helped a friend (another Dave) re-caulk and rebuild the hull of an 90 year old steam launch. Lots of new timber had to be installed.  It had a fire tube boiler, like yours, but it was coal fired. The engine was  Stuart Turner 6A. On the first test run, we steamed out of Portsmouth Harbour into the Solent. Suddenly Dave realised he was out of coal and loosing pressure. Rather than make a SOS call to the coastguard to be rescued,  he ripped out all the new mahogany seating and furnishings and fed them into the firebox. We limped back to the hard, got the launch back on the trailer and the rebuild started all over again.

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Well....I'd a started by cutting off some of my own limbs first........ :facepalm:
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« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2019, 11:30:34 PM »

Well....I'd a started by cutting off some of my own limbs first........ :facepalm:

Well    Both Dave and myself are built skinny,  so that would not have got us very far. It had to be the new woodwork.

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« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2019, 11:33:14 PM »

Well....I'd a started by cutting off some of my own limbs first........ :facepalm:

Well    Both Dave and myself are built skinny,  so that would not have got us very far. It had to be the new woodwork.

Mike

I do hope there was a bottle of medicinal after that...... :censored:
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2019, 01:10:42 AM »
At least with the diesel, the boat will get some usage.

I once helped a friend (another Dave) re-caulk and rebuild the hull of an 90 year old steam launch. Lots of new timber had to be installed.  It had a fire tube boiler, like yours, but it was coal fired. The engine was  Stuart Turner 6A. On the first test run, we steamed out of Portsmouth Harbour into the Solent. Suddenly Dave realised he was out of coal and loosing pressure. Rather than make a SOS call to the coastguard to be rescued,  he ripped out all the new mahogany seating and furnishings and fed them into the firebox. We limped back to the hard, got the launch back on the trailer and the rebuild started all over again.

Mike

Well....I'd a started by cutting off some of my own limbs first........ :facepalm:
I'd throw my passenger on the fire first...  Had to row back in a mile or two when the wind died, always keep a pair of 'ash breeze' oars under the seats.

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« Reply #34 on: August 16, 2019, 01:37:34 AM »
Much shop cleaning and changing today and I got the yanmar in and on the bench ready for some work...mostly cleaning and checking.

The shop benefited from a good flush!...

6 bags of trash and a big box of stuff for sale shortly.....stuff I'll never use.

Dave
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« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2019, 07:00:25 AM »
6 bags of trash and a big box of stuff for sale shortly.....stuff I'll never use.

I normally find I need anything I get rid of within a month   :-\

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« Reply #36 on: August 17, 2019, 12:40:28 AM »
Dave,
I was looking back at the photos of your boat, It's a beautiful piece of work. But it occurred to me that you may now need to change the watermark on your photos to Diesel... :lolb:
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« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2019, 01:17:06 AM »
Dave,
I was looking back at the photos of your boat, It's a beautiful piece of work. But it occurred to me that you may now need to change the watermark on your photos to Diesel... :lolb:
Art

If Chief McAndrew had a chance to be on a ship that could "walk" faster on the late watch with a Diesel....he'd a done it!......

Actually, if you read the tag line...the passenger that complained about the loss of romance of the sea, was referring to STEAM engines taking over for sail!....he goes on to point out that he then has to crawl under the deck plates in the bilge to close rotating machinery to solve problems....which in his mind is just as heroic as climbing the mast!..

So   NO.   I don't need to change a thing......Man Created Boats to Keep His Engines Dry.

Dave
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« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2019, 01:42:04 AM »
Specifically....

"That minds me of our Viscount loon - Sir Kenneth's kin - the chap
Wi' russia leather tennis-shoon an' spar-decked yachtin'-cap.
I showed him round last week, o'er all - an' at the last says he:
"Mister McAndrew, don't you think steam spoils romance at sea?"
Damned ijjit! I'd been doon that morn to see what ailed the throws,
Manholin', on my back - the cranks three inches off my nose.
Romance! Those first-class passengers they like it very well,
Printed an' bound in little books; but why don't poets tell?
I'm sick of all their quirks an' turns - the loves an' doves they dream -
Lord, send a man like Robbie Burns to sing the Song o' Steam!
To match wi' Scotia's noblest speech yon orchestra sublime
Whaurto - uplifted like the Just - the tail-rods mark the time.
The Crank-throws give the double-bass; the feed-pump sobs an' heaves:
An' now the main eccentrics start their quarrel on the sheaves. "

Taken from "Mcandrew's Hymm" by Rudyard Kipling

Now he's not kidding....I watched the  80 year old Chief Engineer  "Cookie" on the "John W Brown" reach in on the crank throws with his fingers to feel the crank pin bearing on the way by...to judge it's temperature....That was a 2500 HP triple....The crank pins are 16" in diameter ......and the cross head is about the size of a VW beetle and the engine stands about 3 stories tall.



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"Mister M'Andrew, don't you think steam spoils romance at sea?"
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« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2019, 03:48:36 PM »
Vixen's post reminded me of the final voyage in "Around the World in 80 Days",  where the wooden parts of the steamer were ripped off to feed the boiler so Fogg could land in time.