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Old 16-04-2008, 19:55   #16
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Mine is a samson too -- you're right the hull is beautiful.

It is a 58, which is a lot of boat, but it's got a really long deck fore of the cabin, so actually not as much interior stuff as I've seen on other boats in the 50 range. I fell in love with a Formosa Ketch a few years ago and had to realize at one point that there was just no way I could do all the work it required.

This one's a pretty simple boat and I hope to keep it fairly simple so that might save me lol.
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Old 21-04-2008, 06:01   #17
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hi, I had a very good rorc 32 many years agoe .I wanted to live aboard and then sail offshore.It took me 3 months of weekends to get boat equiped for live aboard and then 5 years of working and saving before I was able to go offshore.that was in N.Z.
several years agoe in sydney I purchased a sunken timber motorboat.that took me 2 years FULL time .7 days a week before I got that one in the water and I spent around $60000.00 on it.
more recently I built a 17 ft steam powered boat from scratch .1 years work and cost me $32000.00 in materials.
I have done what you are about to start and unfortunatley it is a very hard and expensive way of getting a cheap boat.
december this year I purchased a 38 ft yacht ,has everything for live aboard and offshore and will be in new caledonia in 5 weeks time .
my point is by the boat that is complete and ready to go you will save your self 4 years off hard work and save a hundred grand.
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more recently I built a 17 ft steam powered boat from scratch .1 years work and cost me $32000.00 in materials.
But I bet that was a labour of love Any photos?
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yes all my boats have been labours of love, I come from a boat building back ground.I still have the steam boat .
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Incredible boat, 4900bruce. I love steam powered vessels. Very nice. Not much smoke coming out of the stack in that 2nd picture... what are you running her on? Coal?
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Wow that is beautiful. And with diesel up to $4/gal, slightly more economical than many boats lol.

You should get a feature in Wooden Boat for that!
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Cheers for the pics

Their is "something" about steam power, especially for me on a boat - albeit not something I would ever get involved with, apart from admiring
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Thank you,yes I love steam engines.the engine in this boat is a single cylinder 5 hp at 500 rpm .some interesting facts,this 5 hp engine produces the same torque as a 300 hp v8.if you boil one cup of steam at 110 psi you will get 1400 cups of steam and that expansion is what produces the huge torque.
I burn hard woods ,Red gum or Iron bark.hard wood burns much cleaner than coal hence no visiable smoke.
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