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Boat adverts last modified 8th August 2022

   For Sale (Revised price!)

26 ft carvel SL Petagin

8th August 2022

Our much loved 26’vintage carvel launch is for sale after nearly forty years of steaming and fifty years of ownership (1971).

Built by W.R.Kerrison of Oulton Broad in 1933 to Lloyds Standardsfor the Commodore of the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club as a fast motorboat, for which I have the engine*. We have a copy of the original builders certificate ON 162971.

She is much admired. A great family boat, she has performed consistently well, and has attended every Trent SBA Rally. She has a well balanced plant making for a fast, fine lined, painted hull built of larch and pitch pine on oak, finished with varnished mahogany decks, seats and transom. She is 26’ long x 6’3”beam and 2’3”draft.

In 1983 fitted with the steam plant from David Kyle’s ‘Kitten Cat’, comprising of an early 1890’s Mumford compound condensing engine driving a 18”x30” propeller and steamed by a Merryweather ‘B’ boiler, oil fired by Lune Valley type burner. Now made of stainless steel, installed on a stainless steel ashpan.

Registered with the Canal and River Trust historic boat register no 70725 and National Historic Ships No R702.

She was listed in Lloyds Register of Yachts from when first built in 1933 until around 1950. She had a full survey for insurance in September 2016, and has a current boiler certificate to June 2022 with next hydraulic in 2023. Current BSS certificate to June 2023 which allows use on the canals and rivers for which she is licensed until May/June 2022

All original polished fittings with side positioned gunmetal spoked steering wheel, bronze skeg and rudder, wood on bronze emergency hand steering quadrant in the rear locker, Windermere kettle, whistle, injector, hand and engine air and water pumps, multipoint mechanical lubricator, hand forged anchor, flags, ropes, mooring spikes, cushions, heavy covers and a range of gauges, oils, fuel etc. Full details and additional photos etc., on the SBA website

Any trial £22,999 or offer

In fully useable and good steaming order (i.e. not winterised ) and moored in Long Eaton, Nottingham

Please contact Richard Bartrop:

Home: 0115 9282751. Mob: 07772645346

email: richardbartrop at btinternet dot com

* See Engines & Boilers section for details of the engine (Separate sale)

For Sale


22 July 2022

Earlier this year, John King and Noel Donnelly began assembling an affordable steam launch based on a familiar 15’ sailing dinghy hull – an idea John outlined in a very complete ‘Funnel’ feature in summer 2020 (Funnel 185 p35).

John writes: ‘Having sold his paddle steamer ‘Monarch’, Noel was able to take the project on, based on drawings and calculations I produced based on the Fairey Albacore hull. At this year’s AGM, Noel showed his ‘Tiny Twin’ engine and could not resist buying a David King ‘Newton Coil’ boiler in the auction. Thus between us we had accumulated a hull, a trailer, an engine and a boiler, all of which suited each other.

When he collected the hull from me he was short of breath and had just had fluid drained from his lungs. This turned out to be cancer and he is no longer in a position to take the project forward so we are looking ideally for an enthusiastic SBA member who would like to continue Noel’s good work.’

Alternatively someone is sought who might be in a position to offer dry storage space which would buy time for the right new owner/developer to be found if that doesn’t happen immediately.

Noel is keen to cover his costs to date – just £800. In conjunction with SBA Services John King has indicated that he will survey and certify the boiler and provide guidance on modifications and propeller design.

The drawing below highlights the attractive lines of the Albacore-based steamboat. It shows a 1/4A size Kingdon boiler which corresponds roughly to the Newton Coil in terms of height profile and output.

If you are interested, please in the first instance contact Noel Donnelly direct: 01929 556031

purbecklivesteam at gmail dot com

For Sale (Price reduction)


15th July 2022

Regrettably, due to ill health, John Whittaker is selling his legendary steam cabin launch  ‘Moondance’.

He is open to offers in the region £49K

For lots more information, including videos, go to www.steamboatjohnny.co.uk. ‘Moondance’ is extremely reliable, well-travelled and a greatperformer, fitted with a large Taylor single and a vertical firetube boiler.  Full details of her steam plant and equipment can be found under 'Technical' in the Steamboat Register entry here: https://steamboat.org.uk/user.php?id=62100

Contact Email: steamboatjohnny4@gmail.com