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Information contained in these advertisements is published as received by the editor.  It is the buyer's responsibility to check the accuracy of any details published. 

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Adverts will be removed after 6 months unless otherwise requested, if your item sells before then please let us know so we can remove the advert.

A note with respect to Funnel Advertisements: Our Funnel Editor makes the following comments:- " 'small ads' - including ones for boats - have tailed off dramatically over the past three years simply because the website is a more effective instrument. I'm always happy to insert member's ads free of charge, of course, but they need to be sent explicitly to Funnel by those who are wishing to see their ads there. I always rework ads to make them fit and to ensure terminology etc. is correct. A well written ad with lots of pictures and, most importantly, a carefully considered price tag, will sell a boat in a a couple of weeks on the web, but inevitably there will be a delay if the price is not attractive. Funnel is a quarterly mag so there can be a lot of waiting around, and an ad given to me in, say mid November, would not be published until March 1st."   So, if you also want your advertisement in Funnel, then please send it (plain text and attached pictures) to

Adverts last modified: 10th February 2019




For Sale

Steam Launch Cocotte


Cocotte is on the current SBA register, however it is not registered in my name. I have attempted to add my name to the register, but so far without any luck. 

I purchased the launch in January 2009 and transported it back to my garage in London. It has been rubbed down and given two coats of National paint on the hull. All the wood work has been rubbed down and given three coats of yacht varnish. The boiler casings are currently removed and the external of the tubes have been cleaned and inspected. The water feed pipe from the automatic pump to the boiler is currently removed, due to a dry joint, which needs attending to.

The photos show Cocotte as it was when I purchased her and she looks very much the same now. I have bills of sale, engine drawings and a number of other documents. The trailer is included with the sale.

My next step was to get boiler certification, but due to other commitments and interest, my work stopped there. I will be downsizing very soon, so will no longer have anywhere to store her.

(details from Register)

Hull: Open launch. Built circa 1991 by Gibbs & Thurston at Edmonton. Model: Limited Edition LOA: 14' 5". GRP, Counter stern.

Engine: Single, 2¼" x 2¼". Built 1992 by Border Engineering at Hoddesdon. Design: Regatta. Valve(s): pv, Gear: SLRG. No.920101. On 4 turned columns.

Boiler: 3-drum HWT. Built 1991 by Anthony Bever at Swindon. Fuel: paraffin. No.28, steam drum 5¼" dia x 15" long. 3-bladed prop.

Cocotte requires someone with a little time on their hands to bring back to steam.

This is a good opportunity for some one to enter the steam boat world at a low cost.

Located in SE London. See SBA register for full details.

Price: Offers in region of £2,200

Contact: David Neale, Viewing by arrangement.

Tel: 020 8291 1096



For Sale

Steam Narrow Boat Trevor for Sale


Steam Narrow Boat ‘Trevor’ is sadly for sale again following the death of the owner.

Engine is a 4” by 4” Sissons single driving through gearbox for ahead and astern

Boiler: Two drum by Kew Bridge, oil fired

Length: approx 45 feet.

Phil Martino is acting on behalf of the Owner's widow, and will post more details of Trevor hopefully around the 20th Sept 2018 after he has visited the boat. A boiler test is being currently arranged, as the certificate has recently expired.

Enquiries in the first instance to me: Phil Martino - address etc in the Register.

Price: circa £25,000

Contact: Phil Martino 

Tel: see Member's Directory



For Sale

Paddle Steamer Monarch (updated price)


Paddle Steamer Monarch is for Sale

A unique opportunity to acquire one of the only three working Paddle Steamers in Britain. 

Monarch has a 42ft steel hull, fitted with a wooden saloon and wheel house.

Power Plant: She is powered by an inclined condensing compound engine supplied with steam from an oil fired scotch dry-back boiler. 

Licensed for 12 passengers she has been successfully operating river trips on the Frome and into Poole Harbour in Dorset.

Price: Offers over £65,000

Also available: a 30ft licensed open steam launch.

Contact: Enquiries to Wareham Steam Navigation Co. Ltd

Tel: 01929 556031

Mobile: 07899 024250


For Sale

Steam Launch Garlandstone (updated)



Hull: Length 24ft x 4ft 8in Beam.  Oak and Mahogany. Skin 3 layers, copper riveted. Beautiful wood varnishing was finished by Peter Freebody in Hurley, River Thames.

Boiler: Ed Langley Vertical Firetube, coal fired. Mechanical shaft driven Hypo water feed pump and hand feed-pump. Professionally re-tubed by Manor Farm Engineering with boiler test, new hardwood staving. Only steamed twice since! New test on purchase.

Engine: a Taylor twin high pressure. Fitted with Clupit rings.Stephenson Link Motion, a really nice easy to use machine.

Trailer: 4 wheeled ‘Breakback’ for east of launching. Comes complete with 4 new Indespension units, new wheels and tyres.

Comes with cushions, boat covers, windows and Widermere kettle etc etc.

This is a beautiful one-off hulled boat, you will not find another, there isn’t one. With its vertical water cutting bow and counter stern she leaves little wash. Easy to steam and capable of running all day.

Would not be selling but for the fact I have been lucky to be offered and bought an even bigger steam boat.

More pictures available on request.

Difficult to find a nicer buy, early viewing recommended.

Price: On Request.

Contact: Phone Lyndon Bedford on 07973 919129 or email

For Sale

Steam Launch Ilse Louise


Ilse Louise was built in 1914 by “Nicolaas Witsen”, Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

Hull: Over all length 10.5 m., beam 2.2 m., draught 0.8m.

Seats can be converted in two beds, galley, wc. Restored to the original of 1914. 

Materials: Hull: steel, Salon: teak.

Chain steering, 3 blade bronze propeller 21”

Machinery: Triple expansion engine built in 2011. Cylinders: 76 + 122 + 200mm Stroke 102mm. Power: 15 hp at 450 rpm. and 14 bar. Stephenson link motion, 2 feed pumps and 1 air pump.

Chain steering, 3 blade bronze propeller 21” diameter.

Boiler: Vertical centre drum WT. built in 2011 contains nearly 40 litres of water. Working pressure: 14 bar, Heating area: 4.2 m2, Oil-fired with injector and handpump. Keel condenser and hot-well.

Price: on request.

Contact: Tjaard Schudde Kampen/Netherlands

email address:

For Sale

Steam Launch Theodoor - new price!


Netherlands based SBA member Pieter Brittijn is well known in SBA circles in the UK from his frequent visits together with his beautifully built launch 'Theodoor': but he wrote in January to advise that 'It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to sell my steam launch.'

Hull: LOA: 22’, Beam 6’ 6”, Draft 3’. Designed by Paul Fisher from Melksham. (model 'IJssel') The design features high freeboard and great stability making her perfect for choppy conditions. Construction is Red cedar strip-planked in epoxy/glass, on oak framing, teak deck and mahogany coamings. Built between 2007 – 2011 by owner to high specifications.

Boiler: Vertical fire-tube VFT 103 from the SBA library Oak cladding, complete with all fittings and licensed by Lloyds Register till 31.12.2019, and she has a stainless steel 'wet' ash pan and a Windermere kettle. Boiler feed by engine driven hypro pump (main) plus injector and hand pump

Engine: A classic double acting twin 3 ¼ X 3 ¼ built in the late 1800’s and completely overhauled in 2010. Steam and mechanical lubrication by multi pumps. The plant is condensing (keel condenser) and there is a feed water heater, oil filter and engine driven air pump.

Propeller: Three blade bronze right hand 20’x 30’' Stainless steel prop shaft 1 ¼ inch, homokinetic clutch and axial bearing. 

Cover: Custom made winter and summer cover.

Trailer: Twin axle galvanised trailer custom adapted for the hull (licensed in The Netherlands) 

The sale includes all the above, plus ropes, fenders, anchor, flag staffs as well as two boxes of assorted steam paraphernalia. The launch, its hull, boiler and engine as well as all the additional items, are in excellent condition.

Asking price: 25,000 Euro ono.  

For more information please contact: Pieter Brittijn Tel: 0031 24 3582773. E-mail:

For Sale

Steam Launch Amaryllis II


'Amaryllis II' was conceived with the enthusiastic help of eminent engineer, Alex Ritchie. One of the aims was to prove his development of a 25 hp triple expansion engine based on LIFU’s two cylinder 30 hp compound, and the photo in the LIFU catalogue of a 100 hp triple.

Year of Build 1995 - commissioned 2002 30ft LOA x 6ft 6” beam 3ft 6” draft / 6ft 6” air draft Weight 4.25 tons (Feed Water capacity 113 ltrs / Fuel 100 ltrs)

STEAM PLANT: Her 25hp LIFU type triple expansion engine is 3 3/8”+5 ½”+7 7/8”x 5 ½” and her three-drum water tube boiler generates approx. 900lbs steam per hour, while the 240 volt NuWay oil burner is automatically pressure regulated to maintain 265-275 psi.. 

This is powered by 2x225 Ah. gel batteries supplemented, if required, by an alternator driven off a layshaft which also drives a three cylinder boiler feed pump. The batteries are maintained by a Victron monitor. 

A 27”x40” propeller, designed specifically for her by Bruntons, using an Aquadrive flexible coupling and thrust block, gives her 6 knots at 200 rpm with a 23” vacuum, burning about 4 l/hr. Her maximum speed has been measured at 7 knots at 375rpm. 

'Amaryllis II' has a comprehensive set of gauges: boiler, HP, MP, LP, Vac, Feed and matching rev counter (by Alex Ritchie). Boiler feed-water passes through a four-stage filter system in the 12 gallon hot-well. She comes with a six-wheeled, 5 tonne capacity galvanised road trailer, tailor-made specifically for her by RM Trailers, and the sale will include a full set of spare boiler tubes and other items.

HULL: Drawn by Paul Fisher after a Dixon Kemp design and built to a very high standard by with copper and silicon bronze fastenings, and finished with teak decking, joinery and saloon. She has outside seating for eight guests in comfort in forward and aft cockpits while the saloon provides additional seating for four people around the table. 'Amaryllis II' is quiet, economical and remarkably manoeuvrable.

Enquiries with sensible offers are invited for Amaryllis II Contact William Fuller: 01502 722657

For Sale

Electric Launch Haida - reduced price


HAIDA was built in 1992 as a motor launch by PJS boats, 18ft x 5ft Indian Runner design. 

Cedar strip, sheathed exterior, mahogany veneer planking interior, mahogany / bevelled glass engine cover. 

Converted to steam in 1998, then further conversion to electric in 2010 using a 48 volt 1.5 KW SEM motor & 200 amp/hour deep cycle batteries, on-board 20 amp charger & Victron battery monitor. 

[Always dry stored on axle stands when not in use and battery charge maintained] 

Full history in EBA news summer 2011 and Water Craft magazine Nov/Dec 2011. 

Winner of the Simonds Trophy for best electric boat at the Thames Vintage Boat Rally 2011. Registered with the Thames Vintage Boat Club No. 44.

The boat comes with full inventory, new road / mooring cover, half canopy, boat safety certificate from June 2015. Twin axle trailer, overhauled professionally in Sept. 2014. [New sealed wheel bearings and AL-KO damped brake coupling fitted].

Price £10,500 ONO. 

Contact:  Peter Brennan on or 

Telephone on 01474 707534




For Sale

Consuta's Locomotive Boiler



Coal fired loco boiler built by McEwen boiler makers in 1980's and successfully used in the historic Thames umpire launch 'Consuta' since 2001. This excellent boiler is now offered for sale as it is to be replaced with a lighter and lower profile boiler more suited for use in Consuta.

Fired at the backhead, it has a grate area of about 5.3 sq ft, and 54 off 1.5" OD fire tubes. Designed for a working pressure of 1.5 Mega pascals (this is 218 psi, so was substantially built). This boiler has been used and certificated each year since 2001 for a WP of 180 psi, and its last certificate expired end of July 2018. Maximum steam output is estimated at over 2000 lbs/hr.

The boiler is complete with fire bars, which includes some new spare cast chrome-iron bars. 

It is fitted with a large SS water cooled ashpan, a smokebox and large lowering funnel and boiler lagging. Note the smokebox may require some wastage repairs. Weight of the empty boiler including ashpan, firebars and smoke box is about 1.4 tons.

Fittings included are:

  • Two 1.5" BSP safety valves.
  • Two water gauge sets.
  • Main steam stop valve 1.5" BSP.
  • Two combined check and shutoff valves for water feed.
  • ¾" BSP auxiliary steam valve with manifold.
  • Parallel slide blow down valve.
  • Blower valve and blower ring in smokebox.
  • Blast nozzle.
  • Spare McNeil door gaskets.

This boiler has a piccolo tube for the main steam take off, but would benefit with the addition of a steam dome to provide really dry steam. 

Re-tubed in 2012, the lower tube sets in the firebox are seam welded. Recent plate thickness checks showed very little sign of wasting, so the boiler should still have a long service life ahead. 

The boiler will come with an old two wheel road trailer so it can be easily towed, the all up weight of trailer and boiler being probably about 2.5 tons.

lf you are interested and would like to inspect the boiler, located near Pangbourne, or require more details, please contact Brian Smith on 07486 606 130

We can also probably advise suitability for your project. We've not placed a price on the boiler, but worth noting that the bronze fittings included with the boiler were expensive when new.

[There is a useful Youtube video showing how to raise steam on this boiler]


For Sale

Engine & Boiler from SNB Radnor



Potential buyers are sought for engine room equipment of SNB Radnor (56’ canal narrow boat). 

Equipment includes:

  • Single cylinder Holmes Engine (Bore approx 5” diameter, stoke 6”) Stephenson’s reversing gear, engine displacement pump for boiler supply. 
  • Boiler 26” dia Terry Statham welded coal fired SBA design VFT (height extended) with 5 years ticket (full documentation new construction original hydraulic test January 2013@ 280 psi), last inspection February 2018, stainless steel grate & chimney, all valves, fittings and gauges. 
  • Injector, Hypro pressure washer pump for boiler supply , displacement main steam lubricator, steam/water condensate sensor, pressure reducing valve , hot well, bunker, vacuum ejector. 
  • Plus Stuart 5A engine and auxiliary boiler feed pump etc. 
Prefer to sell as a complete set.

Equipment available late 2018 , working inspection invited by serious interested parties. 

Price negotiable but only sensible offers will be considered.

Contact: Sam Leese + 44 (0)7739 625265

For Sale

Castings for Anthony Bever Small Compound



Set of castings for Anthony Bever small compound: 2"+ 3 1/2" x2".

Stephenson's link reversing , boiler feed and vacuum pumps, six sheets of drawings. 

I purchased this set of castings in the mid '80s from Mr Bever but priorities changed. 

The photos show all that was supplied. Unpacked, the castings weigh 41kgs.  (photos to follow - sorry Ed.)

I live in Cork In the Republic of Ireland and am looking for £900 +p&p.

If interested, drop me a line and we can discuss or phone 00353 21 4347977 during working hours.

Contact: Mark Causer 


Phone (Ireland): +353 21 4347977

Available for Order

Taylor Engine Castings and Plans


The late C.H. Taylor made a number of successful engine designs to suit steam launches of up to about thirty feet.

The castings to build these engines were available from Mr Taylor, and are now available direct from the original foundry which holds the original patterns.

The most popular engines are:-

  • T.1. 2.5 x 2.5 single
  • T.J. 2.25 x 2.25 twin
  • T.2. 2.5 x 2.5 twin
  • T.C. 2.25 + 3.625 x 2.5 compound
  • T.G.1. 3.25 x 4.0 single
  • T.G.C. 2.75 + 4.5 x 4.0 compound
  • T.G.2. 3.25 x 4.0 twin

There were many variations of these; the smaller engines were variously supplied with lighter type bed plates or a heavier type with two bearings or three bearings.

The twin cylinder blocks could consist of a one piece casting with lugs for the columns, one piece casting without lugs etc. Some were built using two T.1. blocks.

Some people have built the single engine (T.1.) using the twin three bearing bed plate with the valve gear supported between the main bearings.

The larger engine (T.G. series) has been built with the stroke extended to 4.5 inches although the original design is 4.0 inches.

Both the T.2. series and the T.G.2. series were available with two or three bearing bed plates. Some cylinder blocks were without column lugs as the T.1. original drawings, in which case an entablature plate is needed.

Some patterns are not available at present particularly for the larger G series engines. There are also some eccentric strap patterns which are not yet identified.

Parts not listed can be made from continuous cast iron now readily available.

Fenland castings also cast in various non-ferrous metals, they should be contacted directly: - 

Telephone contact preferred: Mr Charles Tyers, Fenland castings

Details on the SBA website directory of suppliers.

Plans: It is well know that Mr Taylor’s drawings were open to interpretation and there are plenty about the SBA membership however John Maltby has made a complete set of detailed drawings for his version of the T.2. (12 sheets A3) these are available direct from him for £25.

For Sale

Single Cylinder Launch Engine


Single cylinder launch engine, classic hammer frame of late Victorian/early Edwardian vintage.

Approx bore 2.5" x 2.5" stroke, 22" overall height, and weight around 80lbs. 7" dia spoked flywheel and Stephenson's link RV, plus a Stuart Turner feed pump.

All in working order (compressor tested), and condition is as removed from a small launch.

Price: £1,500.

Collection required from either Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire or Dereham, Norfolk.

Contact: Lindsay Lloyd Tel: 07531 129682




A Bigger Lathe


Malcolm needs a bigger lathe! Something like a Harrison M300, or Colchester Master 2500, or a Student, single or three-phase.

Happy to pay fair price for something that is not worn out - need chucks, steadies etc. too if possible.


Contact: Malcolm Duckett

Phone: 017683 72893


For Sale

Selway Fisher Ijssel Building Jig


Boat Building Jigs For Sale.

Jigs for building the Selway Fisher 'Ijssel' design.

Advertised previously, but did not sell. The formers could be trimmed down to re-use for a smaller boat?? Someone might even want to use them as fuel!

I bought these second hand with a view to building a boat to carry my 'Leak', but still haven't found the time and cash - now looking for a suitable hull to convert instead.

Jigs are located in Worcestershire.

Buyer to collect please.

Price: Offers

Contact: Colin for more details.

Phone: 01995 611617


For Sale

12" Vertical Steam Pump


12 Inch Vertical Southworth Steam Pump.

A brand new example, built by experienced model engineer, of a steam powered Weir type boiler feed pump.

Built from a kit of parts produced by Southworth Pumps, all gunmetal and stainless steel construction, with either silicone or viton "O" rings.

This pump makes keeping water in the boiler a pleasure. Always able to put water into the boiler, so long as you have steam. Great while waiting at locks.

Comes complete with a single mono block drain cock, which clears steam cylinders and steam chest of condensation by use of a single lever.

Pump has an accompanying video showing pumping water on compressed air.

Price: £900 plus carriage, or collection by arrangement.

Contact: Andy Hopper for more details.

Phone: 01628 526499 or 07803 080301

email: andrew.hopper2304@gmail .com

For Sale

Bow Fender


Bow fender, used but still in good condition.

Sizes; Centre 16 ins circumference, 5 ins diameter

From bow to rearward fixings, 16 ins.

Rear fixing holes are 19 ins apart

For collection or postage extra.

Price: Offers

Contact: Roger Martin, Lenzie, Glasgow


Phone: 0141 776 4430.

For Sale

Propeller R/H 24" x ~36" 


1.5" shaft, standard taper, boss 4" long. Good condition, suit 15 hp engine.

Price: £250

Contact: Sean Neill, Warickshire


For Sale

Books for sale from the library of Tom Peebles (deceased)


Please send offers, in the first instance, to Roger Martin, the funds going to Tom's widow, Lynne.

Contact: Roger Martin


Tel: 0141 776 4430

(click images for larger view)

Marine Boiler Management & Construction, C E Stromeyer,

Sixth Edition, 1924.

394 pages, many diagrams, graphs and tables.

Regulations for the examination of Engineers in the Merchant Navy

revised (1958) Edition, HMSO. 49 pages.

Steam Boats and Modern Steam Launches, a reproduction of a Magazine Published in 1961, 62, 63, in California, Edited by Bill Durham. About 630 pages – 3 volumes of 6 editions of the magazine.

Steamboating Guide, SBA, 1994

175 pages

Steamboats by M K Stammers, Shire Album 167. 1986.

31 pages, B & W photos.

Steamers of the Clyde, NB & LNER. Alistair Deayton, 2000.

127 pages, most with B & W photos.

Lakeland Pleasure Craft, Ken Davies,

70 pages, colour photographs.

For Sale

HRM Supplies Stock Clearance and Business Sale


Hugh Mothersole advises that he is clearing his remaining stock of HRM Supplies.

Shortly to be available are Steam boat fittings, hydrostatic lubricators, engines and pumps, together with the model engineering business, Stuart Turner and Don Young and more, tooling and books.

Please email for lists as they become available

For Sale

Mahogany Boat Building Timber


Mahogany for boat building available:

Following my building of the Launch 'Symphony' I have quite a lot of Mahogany left, and taking up space needed for the ever increasing size of the new LMS 'Duchess' locomotive currently in build!

The following stock for sale: 3" x 5" section Brazilian Mahogany 3 off @ 81" long, 1 off @ 101" long and 2 off @ 44" long.

There are further quantities of identical material in other sections, viz, 10" x 7/8" etc..

Contact: Alan Howarth 01772 336346 for prices and details


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