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BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« on: November 14, 2006, 08:56:54 pm »

Any one interested in a build of a 1915 steam drifter? If so, I will be happy to post pics and comments

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2006, 01:44:03 pm »

I started with the idea of a steam drifter Jeannie Mcintosh built in Buckie 1915. Of course, even after lots of searching, no plans were found. So, I used these lines from a book, and intend to get as close as I can with the one b/w photo I have!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2006, 01:50:19 pm »

Next, was given a boiler by a retired coppersmith, it failed its first hydrostatic test, but is ok after I repaired it.

The engine, a twin wobbler from stuart turner.

From parts to finished in 6 weeks!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2006, 01:56:42 pm »

started on the boat next, took 3 attempts in old ply to get the keel right before cutting from clear pine, fitted the frames and started planking in cedar.

having trouble getting some of the curves, but with perseverence..........

(Thats my 1:1 home build in the background!)
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2006, 12:26:16 pm »

getting on with the planking now. The hull shape is showing quite nicely!

Note the extensive use of the best clamping system around - masking tape!

I knew there must be a better use for an ironing board! ;D
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2006, 05:42:15 pm »

And now we approach the easy(?) part of the planking, cutting and shaping to fill the holes!

Cant wait for the next part...filling and sanding and filling and sanding.......
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2006, 10:40:59 pm »

Hi all,
Some more progress, I have finished the planking, need to attack with the orbital sander now.

I have also steamed the boiler for the first time tonight, had a few leaks around fittings to start with, but soon sorted those out, got it to 50 psi!

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006, 03:44:28 pm »

Hi All,

Had a good day with the orbital sander and P38 filler.

As you can see, I have also rough cut and fitted the stern blocks from balsa, overseen by my own little gremlin! I dropped a peice of sand paper.... she was off into the garden with it..never did see it again ???

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2006, 04:56:08 pm »

Ever had a day when nothing goes right? Its been that day for me  >:( - been trying to make rudder fittings - solder in wrong places - melted brass! I gave up and had a beer, try again tomorrow!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2006, 04:45:59 pm »

Given up on the brass fittings for now, got the stern more or less shaped out now. Lots more sanding next!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2006, 11:29:47 pm »

hmmm - must remember to shape the bottom of that stem!  :D
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2006, 07:23:26 pm »

Hi,
Well, I removed the build shadows, wonder if I have enough room inside!

Found my first mistake though, i only built to the deckline, should have gone right up to the top of the bulwarks.

I will just have to add more planking now. Wont take long - these things happen!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2006, 08:34:12 pm »

Thanks for the comments Andy.

This is scaled at about 1:24 and gives a hull length of 48"

Thats the extra planking on! Gonna sit down with coffee and photos now, to try and work out dimensions of wheel house, engine casing etc.

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2006, 10:28:19 pm »

And here we have tonights limited efforts!

The boiler and engine in the boat to determine positioning and to work out how to mount them.

Also, showing how I mark out a curve on a deck beam to get the correct (?) curvature on the deck.

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2006, 10:30:05 pm »

Hi All,

Got a bit done today, put the deck lining on for the stern, with rudder tube fitted.

Also started planking in the stern rail, hope this will work out ok!

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2007, 04:25:25 pm »

Hi all,

Well, got a little done this week, finished off the stern rail and dry fitted deck beams.

Also did more filling and sanding, think the hull is about ready for epoxy now.

Made up some card deck housings to try and get an idea of the size and proportions - dont think I got it right yet!

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2007, 08:11:27 pm »

Hi,

Got bored with working on the hull, so did a bit of superstructure for a change!

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2007, 04:24:49 pm »

Well, I have caught the epoxy pox! I put first coat on the hull and its pooled and rippled like a severe case of cellulite!

Out with the wet and dry!!

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2007, 10:14:07 pm »

Here we are again,

I got the poxy epoxy sorted out, lots of sanding down to remove it all, then, I was able to put another coat on while at work on nights. This time it went on just right. The secret is temperature! I had been using it too cool. The boiler room at work was about 25deg and it went on really well.

Next, a quick rub down and red primer sprayed on.

Then marked the waterline and painted the topsides in satin black, but, oops, the waterline sagged midships! Damn!

Rubbed off the waterline with wet/dry, re painted the red primer and drew a new waterline using a laser pointer on a flat surface- -see pic.

next, re paint the topsides, more pics to come when the paint is dry.

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2007, 08:42:28 pm »

Hi,

Got the topsides painted, and the graphics on, just needs a coat of varnish now!

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2007, 08:47:09 pm »

Evening all,

Spent a couple of days just trying to sort little things out like the hatch opening, the wheelhouse rear and identifying what I need to order.

Anyway, here we have Jeannie with her deck linings cut and laid loosely in place. I have to wait for some hardware to arrive before glueing these down.

I have made an 'executive decision' on this build.

I have realised that the boat, and the steam plant are best treated as 2 separate projects, hence. I will initially power the boat with an electric motor, and then when its finished - if they ever are - convert to steam when the steam plant is right.

I ran the engine last week, - it leaks !  and so needs more work.

Anyway, here are a couple of pics

ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2007, 01:24:45 pm »

Hi,

I have a leak on the mating face between one cylinder and the standard. I am hoping it will improve with running in, as when I stripped it down I could see an area where there had been no face/face contact.

Here's hoping anyway!

ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2007, 09:40:44 pm »

Hi,
Here is the latest. I bought an electronize kit, built it up and woo hoo it works!  ;D

Glued down the deck lining and made up the electrics control board - still to fit some charging sockets yet though. The idea is to be able to charge the battery without having to remove it from the boat.

Ian

PS. Prop by Sitek props, its real nice!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2007, 08:30:44 pm »

Have been able to make a start on the deck planking this weekend while all the tourists are spending 4 days in their cars!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2007, 08:10:47 pm »

Hi,

Thats the decking done and rubbed down, just needs a seal coat next.

Ian
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