My Passion for Boat Building 1999 to 2012
Scale model of open Steam Launch Wide A Wake again built with reclaimed Mahogany, engine machined from set of castings (over 200 separate machined parts).
Boiler & Gas Tank Scratch built, all boilers and gas tanks have to be pressure tested to twice their working presure of 60 psi and issued with a test certificate.
This is a large model 51” long 15” beam & weighs 45lbs.scale 2” to 1 foot, this model took over 2500 hours to build.
Link to video of complete build lod of Wide A Wake
I built the next model for a model Steam enthusiast in Denmark, 32” long Steam Launch Ruby. powered by V twin oscillating steam engine with cross tube Boiler.
Ruby’s fist test run in my 8 foot diameter paddling pool.
I am currently building a 24th scale model of the 1909 Yarmouth Steam Drifter Resolute, the largest model I have built nearly 5ft long and will weigh about 55lbs, I have built the engine & boiler, the boat now is nearing completion..
Now in my 80th year I have been very fortunate health wise and spend many hours in my workshop, my passion for building has not changed over the years and I still get immense enjoyment from this hobby.
I hope the younger generation will read these articles and perhaps take up this hobby, I can assure you once started you will be bitten by the bug, you do not have to spend a fortune, Commercially produced ready to run models can be bought for under £150.00 easy to build kits from cabin cruisers to warships complete with electric motor and Radio Control equipment are available for under £100.00.
If anyone would like to see my models or seek advice I would be only to pleased to help, email email@example.com
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