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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.   Advertisers wishing to continue their advert should inform us of that and the advert will be left in place.  During the Covid 19 pandemic adverts will not be culled monthly since it is unlikely that the market for steamboating items will be very active.  However, please continue to send in your adverts and they will be posted.  If your item sells please let us know so we can remove the advert.

Boat adverts last modified 14th April 2022

   For Sale

Elegant GRP potential steamboat hull for sale

14th April 2022

Ex Royal Navy Lifeboat that would make a lovely steamboat. It is 16' 8" by 6' 6" beam with a beautiful sheer line and transom, giving plenty of room for a steam plant and good stability and seaworthiness for those choppy days on Lake Windermere or on coastal passages. It is a fibreglass hull in very good condition and is ideal for a person wanting to enter the steam boating world with minimal cost.

The boat is located at Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Price: £450.

Contact: Daniel Bristow on 01666 503946

or on 'bristowviolinstetbury at yahoo dot co dot uk'

   For Sale

SL Bruin 21ft Frolic

13th March 2022

21’ Frolic Fibreglass hull Steam boat. Cyril Taylor high pressure twin cylinder steam engine, puffing exhaust (condenser fitted from previous engine, not used currently). Mahogany engine casing with glazed hinged skylight.

Kingdon fire tube boiler. Rebuilt 5 years ago with new firebox, tubes and tube plate. Stainless ash pan. Twin injector boiler feed. Current inspection certificate September 2021with boiler history.

Full length varnished mahogany canopy on brass stanchions. Mahogany decks – new mahogany aft deck installed on repaired gunwale with new deck beams in 2021. Two fuel bunkers to starboard with similar storage to port. Windermere Kettle. Equipped with cockpit cover, warps, anchor etc. It comes with side screens which could do with refurbishing or replacing. Twin axle road trailer.

All exterior paint and varnish renewed in 2021, rebuilt high pressure twin engine installed 2014/15.


Contact Adrian Thomas, adrt4045 at gmail dot com, 07970 528060. (also for more photographs)

Currently can be seen on her trailer at Simpson Boat Building & Engineering, Arrad Foot Farm, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7SL. Contact Greg Simpson 01229 861960, gt40_greg at yahoo dot com

   For Sale

26 ft carvel SL Petagin

8th March 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 £30,000

Currently winterised, sheeted 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

SL King Edward (No steam plant)

8th February 2022

The complete launch King Edward, without boiler and engine (these are being retained for a new project) plus road trailer.

Heavy duty GRP hull, 16'6" overall x 5'3" beam. Above average freeboard and very stable. Varnished wood decking and internal seating, lockers, bunkers. High quality gunmetal furniture. 14" diameter x 20" pitch 3 blade prop, pumped inboard condenser. Anchor, warps, fenders, oars, etc. Ready to take a steam plant of around 2HP. Complete with good 4 wheel trailer.

Asking £2700 or thereabouts.

Allan Crane

07801 773647

adcrane at btinternet dot com

   For Sale

Steam launches Bramble and Cherub

6th February 2022

We have been advised that following the death of their owner, two very different steam launches are currently for sale, full details of which can be found on the SBA’s online ‘Steamboat Register’. Both are currently lying in Hednesfield, Staffordshire and if interested in either, please contact Andrew Preece – details below:

Cherub’ is an example of the popular 18’ GRP Frolic fitted with a Cyril Taylor single cylinder engine and a Blackstaffe-type watertube boiler, not currently ticketed. She has a canopy.

Stored at present she has not been steamed for some time. She is a nice representative of the ‘Frolic’ family being offered at a realistic price.

She is lying in Staffordshire and the family are seeking offers in the region of £6,000

Bramble’ is a historic - and classic – 27’ carvel teak cabin launch and is thought to have been built by Simpson Strickland. Her Simpson Dennison ‘quad’ is thought to have been built in 1886 and is a very much sought-after launch engine. Potential purchasers can judge condition from the pictures here but full details of this elegant boat are available on the ‘Steamboat Register’.

A comprehensive boiler refurbishment in 2018 included a new bottom outer casing and new laser-cut grate. The boiler was fully tested (hydraulic and steam test) at that point but the boat has not been steamed since.

Offers over £12,500

Contact: Andrew Preece drewpreece3 at gmail dot com

For Sale

29’ 6” classic steam canoe

8th November 2021

The SBA’s Mike Bell, with great regret, needs to sell his 1921-built 29’ 6” steam canoe

When we talk about a ‘canoe’ in the context of ‘Céomé, we should visualise an extremely elegant steam launch of very fine lines, a vision in mahogany varnished with no fewer than ten coasts of tung oil, built in the classical canoe style found on English lakes and the river Thames in the first thirty years of the 20thCentury. She is registered with the Thames Vintage Boat Club.

Céomé is very nearly complete, and her purchaser will receive the fully restored and finished canoe-style hull, a substantial brand-new steam plant consisting of a loco-type coal fired boiler with side firing and a purpose built triple expansion engine on a new trailer.

The hull restoration has been completed to a very high professional standard and this serious dream boat only awaits detail completion and commissioning.

HULL: Built 1921 by Hobbs & Son at Henley-on-Thames. LOA: 29' 6", Beam: 4' 6", Draft: 2' 6". Double-skin mahogany, canoe bow and stern and extensively varnished. She has a varnished boiler housing and a removable engine lantern as well as a canvas canopy with side curtain. She seats eight, and. as it has to be with a large canoe, steering is by wheel.

There is no canvas boat cover provided as Ceome has always lived in a dry shed.

ENGINE: Triple expansion 2½" + 3½" + 5" x 3" from an original design by Gordon Cheape. This is the prototype completed by Sam Wilkinson and Hugh Mothersole: a very handsome and compact engine with radial valve gear.

BOILER:Classic side-fired locomotive type launch boiler built 1999 by well known boiler makers Franklin & Bell of Gloucester. complete with twin sight glasses and all valves

Water Pump: Southworth horizontal duplex.

PROP: 3 blades, 16" x 30". With a Schilling rudder

TRAILER: The boat is fully trailable and the galvanised twin axle trailer is new.

HISTORY:  Céoméwas originally fitted in 1921 with a petrol engine and Kitchen rudder for reversing. She was acquired by Oliver Cock in 1976 who fitted a steam plant. She was first steamed in 1980 and in 1993 was acquired by Wolff Zeuner, one of the most colourful of past SBA members, who fitted an ST 6A and Anthony Bever copper water tube boiler. She was subsequently bought by Hugh Mothersole who commissioned a very complete professional keel-upwards restoration in 2004 which took many years but saw the hull delivered in 2017 before sale to Mike Bell for completion.

Mike would ideally like to sell Céomé for £25.000 as a complete project but is prepared to sell hull and steam plant separately, in which case he is looking for £20,000 for the hull and trailer and £10,000 for the boiler and engine.

It would be a great shame to split this wonderful hull from this superb steam plant which would suit her perfectly,’ says Mike, ‘But I have to be practical and am looking for a future owner who would capture the vision I and all the SBA owners before me, have shared. I am very sorry not to be in a position to bring it to fruition myself.’

All enquiries to:

Mike Bell

01934 832518

mikelizbell at btinternet dot com

For Sale

42ft Saloon Launch ‘Surta’ 

16th September 2021

The time has come to offer for sale the impressive 42’ steel steam launch ‘Surta’, a much respected larger member of the SBA fleet and a long time presence on the Thames.

Built by Bristol shipyard owner David Abels to his own design and for his own use in 1988, Surta has been owned by Nigel and Felicity Guild since 2002 and has been a regular guest at Thames and other SBA events. She is built to canal gauge: 42’ LOA & LWL, 6’10” Beam, Draft 3’ and she displaces 7.5 tons.

Surta’s engine is a 5”+7” x 7.5” condensing compound built 1950 by W Sisson & Co of Gloucester. Rated at 15hp the engine was built for use in Farnborough Technical College. It has a piston valve on the HP end driven by Stephenson’s link motion reversing gear, and a slide valve and slip eccentric on the LP end. The skin condenser is 18 sq ft, welded to the outside of the hull and the right handed three bladed bronze propeller is 24”x 53”.

Her boiler is newly ticketed. It is a 3-drum all-welded steel water tube type designed by John Cooper, built 2003 by Blackbeth Engineering (Devon). Diesel fired, it has an output of 300lbs per hour at 150psi.

Boiler feed is by engine driven pump, injector or hand pump, and there is a Windermere kettle and whistle – of appropriate tone.

On the water, ‘Surta’ is quiet and dignified – pictured here on the Thames in 2012 after taking part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla. She provides adequate living space for longer cruises with a double bed, toilet, shower, cooker and fridge. She is currently lying in a Thames side marina near Windsor.

£30,000 or near offer

Nigel Guild 07831 619746

or nigel underscore guild at lineone dot net

For Sale

Complete and unused 18' Frolic hull with steam plant

2 July 2021

An unused 18' Frolic hull with stern tube and prop shaft and a 15" propeller, ball thrust bearing and Hardy Spicer flexible coupling.

The hull is fully fitted with mahogany decking, seats and wheel steering.   

A new single cylinder engine  (21/2"x 3") with SLVG and feed pump. It runs well on compressed air.

The all-copper Illingworth boiler is fitted with superheater coils and a liquid fuel (kerosene) burner and has been cold tested to 300psi. The feed system has an exhaust steam heat exchanger  and the steel boiler casing has a drip tray.

The engine and boiler have both been fitted to the hull but are currently mounted on a wheeled subframe to enable easy fitting of pipe work etc. 

The boat is mounted on a single axle trailer with winch included and photos and a video can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/kswpx2fa.

           The boat is currently located in the Cotswolds and all serious offers will be considered prior to possible auction at the                                         SBA Bourton-on-the-Water gathering in October. 

Call Bob or Nigel 01451 820061 



For Sale


23 April 2021


Sadly I have to sell  my boat, for which I have grown too old!
Hull: Length is 5 m beam x 2 m with a draught 0.8m Strip planked in ‘Paulonia’ (a genus of balsa wood) covered in fibre glass cloth and resin, inside and out, to a Selway Fisher design. The keelson and stem are teak. External paint finish is two part epoxy. Internal fittings are in ‘Rimu’ and marine ply.                                                       
Boiler: An LPG-fired flash boiler operating at 100 psi is enclosed in a stainless steel shroud with a closed loop system incorporating a keel condenser.                                Engine: Single cylinder, four column 2.5x 2.5” with SLRG and chain driven air and feed pumps                                                                                                                                              Transmission:  is by a flexible coupling to a stainless steel shaft passing through a thrust bearing to a 14”  (coarse pitch of 28”) bronze propellor.                                        Trailer:  A bespoke road trailer with LED submersible lights.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
I built ‘Poseidon’ in New Zealand between 2015 and 2018 and she was shipped in a container to Mileham, Norfolk.   

Offers in excess of £8000.
There may also be an option to purchase items separately.

David Flockhart
9 The Paddocks
Kings Lynn
PE32 2QY
David:  07570096883


For Sale


23 April 2021