One of the objects of the Association is “to stimulate public interest in steam boats and steam boating”
. With this in mind we are planning to run a light-hearted competition in 2014 based around the building of steam powered outboard motors.
The competition will take the form of a time trial round a short course, with awards also being given for creative and attractive entries. To save on the complication of each entrant having to build a boiler and get it tested and insured, a boat and boiler will be provided on which each entrant can simply mount their engine for the test. The motor being tested would simply need a 15mm female connector to draw steam at 120psi from the host boat.
We are keen that this event can be used as a way of introducing young people to engineering, and steamboats in particular.
If you know a young person or youth group who would be interested then why not involve them and build a steam outboard together?
The exact details of the date and format of the competition are yet to be finalised. However, get your thinking caps on and come up with a design, the more unusual the better. Once the details are finalised they will be announced in Funnel and on the website. If you would like to be kept informed please let Kingsley Robinson know (email email@example.com