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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 Funnel is a quarterly mag so there can be a lot of waiting around, and an ad given to me in, say mid November, would not be published until March 1st."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: 18th May 2019




For Sale

Steam Launch - Mary Ann


Steam Launch Mary Ann is for sale. For more information please contact Nigel Gourney.

Price: £5000 ono.


Telephone: 01189 693720

For Sale

Steam Boat Saloon Launch - Sirrus


Steamboat / Saloon Screw Steamer DS SIRIUS

Reasons of age within our owners community are the cause of the decision to sell our steamboat after 15 years of operation with us, our treasure which is unique in Switzerland.

In operation from April to October, during winter under roof of a shipyard.

The steamer can be viewed in operation (from May 2019) by persons seriously interested at the home port in Murten Switzerland.

Price by agreement. Take-over inclusive introduction / training possible from October 2019 or based on agreement.

Dimensions: 37 x 9,18 x 3,2 feet, 11 tons

Hull: riveted iron, built 1908, Hamburg

Superstructure: Steel and wood, furnished very nicely , pantry and toilet

Steam engine: Two cylinder twin compound, built 1895 by Denison & Simpson GB

Boiler: Water tube type „Yarrow“, built 2015/16, firing with wood briquettes (CO2-neutral)

Authorization: 15 persons (can be reduced to 12 for license cat. A CH)

Further details regarding the boat see website:

Contact: ,

Telephone: 0041 (0)26 670 03 03

For Sale

The Good Life - electric launch


Electric Frolic 21 for sale.

The ‘Good Life’ currently operates as a pleasure cruiser, taking passengers around the front lake at Witley Court in Worcestershire.

With full teak deck cladding she passes well as a late 19th century electric launch.

Motive Power: She is powered by a 1 year old 2kw, brushless, 60v DC motor, which provides plenty of power, even with nine adults on board. Her set-up is unique, in that the battery packs are contained in carriers which can easily be removed from the boat for charging. The extremely compact drive unit is contained within the mid-ship seating compartment.

The drive shaft is readily accessible and the electric motor can be disengaged easily.

Each battery pack gives around 3hrs of cruising. There are 3 packs; 1 pack is 2 years old, the other 2 packs are 1 year old. Two chargers are included.

Layout, Trailer etc.: The boat has front and rear canopies on brass poles. Steering is hydraulic; Schilling rudder. The prop is 3 blades, bronze, RH, 17" x 27".

The boat comes with a twin axle, braked trailer, new bearings. Road cover in fair condition. More photos and information available on request.

If you want to use her as I have, on a similar venue near you, I will impart all the knowledge and paperwork I have in relation to the boat’s current operation. She easily makes £300+ over a weekend during the season; a great way to make some money and have a lot of fun!

A semi-floating jetty system, used to embark passengers, is also available for an additional £700.

Price: £17,000.

Contact Graeme Boyd-Moss.


Telephone: 07999 449173.

For Sale

Paddle Steamer Walkin' Belle


The late David King, of Suffield, Norfolk, was a much respected and internationally known 'man of steam' whose distinctive products included launch boilers and sets of castings for single cylinder launch engines, complete 10.25" gauge steam locomotives, possibly more than one steam car and a number of interesting paddle launches.

He built at least two unique stern wheelers and this side wheel steamer, all with machinery inspired by traditional American practice. 'Walkin' Belle', built 1994-97, has a 'walking beam' engine fitted into an aluminium hull and was last steamed by current owner Howard Bentham in March 2015.

Hull: an ex-MoD 1950s riveted aluminium unit, 176" long, 66" beam. It has twin rudders, wheel steering and removable paddle boxes and paddles, which stow in the hull for towing.

Boiler: is a coal-fired, finned-drum horizontal boiler 10" diameter by 20" long. It runs at 80 psi. David

developed these finned boilers after many years of producing his well-known 'Newton Coil' type. They are effective steam raisers and he used one in his Austin 7-based steam car. 

Auxiliaries: There is an injector, a 10 watt steam generator and a steam kettle.

Engine:  a non-condensing double beam built to David King's own design and running at approx. 45 rpm.

Trailer etc.: She is on a 'Freewheel UK' twin axle galvanised trailer and is being sold with an extensive collection of tools specific to her engine, a log of every occasion when steamed, a full length canvas cover, life jackets etc.; and there are two old style video tapes of its construction.

The original owner reported that the cost of the engine alone was in excess of £20,000.

Howard says: "I acquired 'Walkin' Belle' from the Wallace - . - family. I recommissioned her and used her extensively on the River Weaver, until the launch site in Northwich closed".

"Since 2015 she has been laid up under cover with an electric heater in the firebox. She's not beautiful nor fast, but she is enormous fun, and unique. The engine, with its beams, connecting rods and shaft is a mechanical delight. I have greatly enjoyed owning and using 'Walkin' Belle', but now no longer have the time to give her the exercise and attention she deserves".

Price: Offers based on £5, 000.

Contact: Howard Bentham. (Antrobus, Cheshire)

Telephone: 01606 891846

Email: howard.bentham©

For Sale

Selway Fisher Snow Bunting Hull 


Professionally built, new and unlaunched.  Selway Fisher Design 25ft 6” Steam boat hull. With internal bulkheads but no superstructure. Requires finishing inside.

Selway Fisher ‘Snow Bunting’ plans, modified to have a beam of 6’ 10” (narrow boat canal max.) which would give more room and the stability required for use in estuary and coastal situations.


Construction:   The hull is of strip plank construction using cove moulded Douglas Fir. The stem is laminated Douglas Fir, the Hog, bilge stringers and bilge keels are Douglas fir. The transom and Rudder are marine ply and Douglas Fir. The floors and bulkheads are marine ply.  The hull is glassed outside and inside and the iroko boiler and engine beds bonded and through bolted in place. Stern tube fitted.

Price: Any sensible offer considered

Contact: David Duncan, Viewing by arrangement.

Tel: daytime 01626 324327 evenings 0180 386 2217


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: £55,000 ONO

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 £9,500 ONO. 

Contact:  Peter Brennan on or 

Telephone on 01474 707534




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

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 Left Hand Propeller Needed 


Wanted a 12” left-handed propeller. 10 / 11 / 12” pitch considered.

Contact: Paul Jaye

Phone: 01327 811181 or 07836 225582


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

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

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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