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Steamboats, Hulls, Autos and Trains for Sale

FOR SALE: 26-Foot Steam Launch "JJ"
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Built in 2009, the SL JJ is a 26-foot Mosquito Enterprises®, USCG Surf Boat with a fiberglass hull that is very seaworthy.

 

Features:

  • Beautiful 1918 US Navy K-type marine compound steam engine with Navy air-pump

  • Water tube boiler, 150 PSI, slight superheat, oil-fired, built-in economizer

  • Boiler jacket crafted by Bowman Metal Works (a local sheet metal shop) out of 316 stainless steel

  • Two lifting oil burners fire the boiler

  • US Navy all bronze duplex feedwater pump

  • 3/8 Penberthy® feedwater injector

  • Hypro® feedwater pump, driven off main engine

  • 60 gallons oil, 60 gallons water

  • Bronze feedwater heater

  • 2013 King® saltwater trailer

  • Full, heavy cover for trailering

 

SL JJ, a dream-come-true of the late Lou Pisani, cruises along at 6 knots. Lou always wanted to build the prefect launch to suite his needs, and he did.

JJ is very well-built and was crafted as a joint effort by Everett Engineering Inc., AVL Machine Works, and Bowman Metal Works. EEI was responsible for the fiberglass and fitting of the tanks, machinery and steering - which is Teleflex®-type with a compound "monkey rudder". She was then sent to a local shipwright for fitting of the gorgeous woodwork, and installation of the hardware. After that, she went to AVL Machine Works, where the final fitting was done. All the feedwater systems are plumbed using 30-70 copper nickel, and the steam plumbing is all 316 stainless steel threaded pipe. The Navy engine drives into a EEI 2:1 step-up gearbox to accommodate a smaller propeller.

She is for sale being fully fitted and ready to go, with anchor, fenders, lines, and lights. Also included, are a 3" Crosby® whistle, and a Jerry Blaine steam siren.

 

The boat has always been stored in a dry, heated building.

 

To see a nice video of the boat running under steam on YouTube, click HERE.

 

Asking $55,000 USD

Contact:

Andrew VanLuenen

A.V.L. Machine Works LLC

8911 186th ST. NE

Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: 425-239-1403

Fax: 360-435-3376

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FOR SALE: 29-Foot Steam Launch "Pocahontas"
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Reasonable Offers

Accepted

Contact: Preston Claytor

Phone: (561) 740-8721

jpclaytor@gmail.com

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  • Launched 1979

  • Custom built by Thomas G. Rhodes, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Subject of a 26-part article in Live Steam Magazine from 1982 – 1984

  • Extensive hull repairs over the past 5 years

  • Laying (Suttons Bay, MI) summer, inside heated storage (Northport, MI) winter

  • Boat will be in the water through September for sea trial and/or survey

  • Owner will provide vessel familiarization and training

  • For additional info, see specifications sheet HERE

 

Vessel Details

Pocahontas (formerly SL Tuscarora) is a custom-built steam launch constructed between 1975 and 1979 by Captain Tom Rhodes, a past steamboat editor of Live Steam magazine. The boat has Philippine mahogany stringers and the is hull covered with two ¾ inch layers of marine-grade plywood and a layer of fiberglass cloth.

 

Pocahontas has a teak deck (forward) and a solid wood superstructure. Much of the interior hardware, such as flooring, was salvaged from much larger vessels. Entering through the custom-built teak pilothouse doors, there is a V berth forward which can sleep two. The pilothouse contains a custom wheel with hydraulic steering. Full engine controls are available with linkages for forward/reverse and throttle.

 

The engine room is accessed via two steps down from the pilothouse. In addition to the boiler and engine, there is a bench seat (storage underneath) for the engineer, a sink, and an enclosed head with a port-a-potty.

 

Aft, there is a horseshoe-shaped bench that easily sits six passengers on Bottomsider closed foam seats.

 

Machinery

  • 40-HP vertical fire-tube boiler, new 2002

  • Safety Valve (2020) set to 150 lbs.

  • Semple 10 HP 354 cross-compound, rebuilt by Fred Semple Jr. in 2003

  • Pemberthy 3/8-inch injector

  • Custom-built boiler feed pump, plunger type, belted to the shaft via Browning gear belts

  • Jabsco air or condensate pump

  • Boiler, vacuum, and water pump gages mounted on a custom cherry wood board

  • Gauges, all original, large steamer origin

  • Eight-gallon hotwell with the ability to condense or pump condensate overboard

  • Custom heat exchange (boiler feed pre-heat)

  • Custom keel condenser

  • Drip oiler for crossheads, pump oiler for valve oil

  • Two, 26-gallon freshwater tanks

  • Coal bunker, capacity 100 lbs

  • Prop shaft 1¼ inch Aquamet 22 stainless steel

  • Propeller – Michigan Workhorse, 18 X 22 four-blade, right hand

  • Numerous spares

Electronics

  • Raymarine autopilot (2017)

  • Raymarine depth sounder (2011)

  • Garmin GPS (1999)

  • Standard Horizon VHF (2020)

  • Feedwater temperature gauge

  • Volt meter

  • Rule bilge pumps (2) with float switches

  • High water alarm

  • Two Duracell deep cycle batteries (2021)

  • Battery selector switch

  • 10-amp battery charger

  • Freshwater pump

  • Three circuit breaker panels (2016)

  • Spotlight

  • Weems & Plath running lights (rare)

  • Stereo with speakers in pilothouse and cockpit

Miscellaneous

  • Eight jack stands included

  • Vessel can be moved by road (no trailer included)

  • Three-chamber, low tone steamboat style whistle included

  • Vessel USCG documented

  • Forward rails from a 1923 Elko

  • Engine room hatch from a 1910 launch, includes canvas cover

  • Recent (2021) survey available

Vessel Data

Length – 29.2 feet

Length at waterline – 25 feet

Vertical clearance 14.5 feet over masts

Draft 2.5 feet (stern skeg)

Beam – 10 feet

Beam at Waterline – 8 feet

Hull speed – 6.3 MPH Max 7.5

Registered tonnage – 7 net, 9 gross

Exclusions

Owners personal property including tools

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FOR SALE: "Jan L" 19-Foot Fiberglass Fantail Steam Launch

 

Hull, engine, and boiler lovingly built by Leroy Mietzner.

Recently re-finished by Fred Thompson.

-Simple to operate and maintain.

-Good running order.

-Propane-fired.

-Located in Hansville, WA.

Sale price $9,000

 

Contact: S. MacKinnon for details

(360) 881-0087

sterlingmack@comcast.net

For Sale: 26-Foot Mosquito Enterprises USCG Surf Boat Fiberglass Hull

Some work has been started on this great project. 

Due to current circumstances, I am not going to be

able to finish it, and would like to see someone else

have the opportunity to do so. 

 

We purchased the fiberglass hull new from

Mosquito Enterprises a few years ago for $8,000.

Hull is located in south central Idaho.

Now Asking 

$6,000 USD   Or Best Offer

 

Contact:

Robert Christensen

robcmi80@gmail.com

(208) 219-6187 cell phone

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FOR SALE: "Anita D." Sternwheeler Steam Opportunity

The Anita D is a ferro cement hulled sternwheeler located in Welcome Slough on Puget Island just south of Cathlamet, Washington. Built by Edward “Ebby” Hanky on the mud flats of Sausalito in the early 1980’s. The boat closely follows a design promoted by the Atlas Engine company of Oakland for a craft used for small freight service of the many landings scattered throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta. The boat is currently powered by a diesel engine that is located under the pilot house floor and is connected by a driveline with u-joints carrier bearings to a truck axle in the stern that turns the wheel. However, she would make a wonderful steamboat if refitted by someone who can see her possibilities!

 

Specs:

Length: LOA 61 Ft.  Hull 52 Ft.

Beam: At WL: 9 ft. 3 in. At Deck: 11 Ft.  6 in.

Draft: 30 in.

Height: 13 ft. 8 in. from the bottom to the top of the pilot house.

Weight: 16 Tons

Open to Reasonable Offers!

 

Contact: (206) 303-9245 or (360) 957-0317 for more information.

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FOR SALE: 23-Foot Unfinished Paul Gartside Designed Fantail Steam Launch with Trailer

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This 23-foot Paul Gartside Designed Fantail Steam Launch with Trailer was custom built by Silva Bay Shipyard School of Gabriola Island, BC, Canada in 2002.

 

However, the unfortunate death of the original owner, Graham Hodgetts, and the busy schedule of his heirs, has prevented its completion. Everything is top notch. The design, building, and workmanship is second-to-none and it is 95% complete. We now want it to go to a good home that appreciates the care and dedication that has gone into the project so far.

 

Vessel Details:

■ Length 23-feet

■ Built of 3/4-inch pine on a bent oak frame

■ Displacement is 3230 lbs., so it is very stable.

■ Detailed drawings and diagrams are available.

■ Partially finished in oak, teak and Philippine mahogany - (woodwork in teak, oak for the decks, coaming and seats)  

■ Price includes assorted brass fittings, syphon, petcocks, hand pump, vacuum pump valve, bollard cleats, chocks, etc., and accessories.

■ Boiler from South Stage Iron Works, Medford, Oregon

■ Housed in a heated shop – never been outside

■ Trailer: 26-foot, 6000 lb. GVW with surge brakes

■ In 2005, Graham purchased a steam engine from Hal J. May, a Northwest Steam Society member. Unfortunately, little actual information about the engine was passed on to Graham’s family. It is already installed ― we assume completely but interested parties will need to contact us to make a visual inspection to identify the specifics (size, maker, etc.), since the cylinders are currently enclosed in a wooden cover.

 

CONTACTS:

Blair Hodgetts

blair@graylingmfg.com

Or:  Gloria Hodgetts

gfhodgetts@gmail.com

 

ASKING PRICE:

$70,000 U.S.D.

This well-loved 1974 family steamboat needs a little love and elbow grease to help her steam into the memories of a new generation. Purchased in 1984. Most of the pieces are here, ready for you to add your own touches. Sold with a 1976 Trailrite Trailer.

Priced AS IS. Located in Iredell, TX

Now Asking $3,500 USD 

 

Contact:

Brandy Bruner

brandymbruner@yahoo.com

(949) 254-5996

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For Sale: 20-Foot Steamboat “Dauntless”

FOR SALE: 23-Foot Fantail Hulls

Made to Your Specifications

Elliott Bay 23-foot fantail made to your color and seating arrangement specifications. Hulls are ready for interior woodwork and machinery installation, as deck, engine & boiler beds, stern tube, rudder port, floors, etc. are in place.

 

Also on hand: ASME Code boilers, antique engines, propellers, pumps, traditional bronze deck hardware, and marine steam engine castings.  

 

Contact: Pat Spurlock

Elliott Bay Steam Launch Co.

Portland, OR 

For more details, call

(503) 775-5954

Right: FESTINA LENTE of Swan’s Isle, Maine, fitted with LIFU compound and Merryweather boiler.

IRMTRAUD ANNA, with Stuart 6A and coal-fired VFT, has served German owners thirty years.

Cabin shell is also available.

Engines, Boilers and Equipment for Sale

FOR SALE: Late 1800's "Bottle-Style" Steam Engine

This late 1800's bottle style steam engine was purchased from a New England source for a marine project back East. However, upon moving to the West Coast, projects changed, and it is now for sale. It comes complete with its original boiler feed pump. It is also set up with reversing linkage, original.

 

Overall Dimensions:

  • Base Plate 16" x 14.5

  • Width with feed pump 21",

  • Length with fly wheel and coupling 21"

  • Height of 31”

  • Weight, uncrated, ~165 lbs.

  • The piston is ~2.75" with a throw of ~4". (I did not take head off to measure piston.)

  • When I purchased it in 2008, the seller, a reputable steam engine source, stated its output was ~ 5 hp. I have had it running under air and saw no apparent problems.

 

- For Canadian Buyers I can deliver to Sidney, BC or Tsawwassen (engine is on Salt Spring Island) for free pick up or arrange shipping from either place at cost.

- For US Buyers I can deliver to Blaine, WA or perhaps Port Angles, WA.

for free pick up or shipping at cost.

 

Asking $3500 USD

Contact: Colin

(250) 539-0184

nssteamer@hotmail.com

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FOR SALE: ASME CODE S STAMPED Vertical Fire Tube Boiler

ASME CODE S STAMPED VFT, un-used. National Board Number 43950.  Stored dry inside since made by First Thermal Systems in 1989, but most recently rained on four years.

  • Approx. 26 boiler horsepower; 968 lbs./hr. steam generated at 150 psi.

  • Dimensions: 37” OD x 40” high; 2-inch tubes. 

This is the boiler from an unfinished 30-foot fantail launch. The boiler was assembled on top of a furnace. Its engine the

US Navy G2, also available.

(See separate listing below.)

Located in Portland, Oregon.

Asking $6000

 

Contact: Pat Spurlock

(503) 775-5954

steam@steamlaunch.com

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FOR SALE: Pearl Twin Engine

BRONZE

2-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 3” stroke, 4 HP

Stephenson linkage

Now Asking $5,800 USD

Contact: Harv Lillegard

Email: montebuilder@gmail.com

for video of this engine and more information.

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Company For Sale        The Pearl Steam Engine Company

   

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The Pearl Steam Engine Company, manufacturer of the Pearl and the Zenith steam engines is for sale.  After more than thirty years of producing single and twin cylinder marine steam engines, retirement has this company available for purchase. 

The engine details can be seen at www.PearlEngine.com

 The offering details can be seen at www.PearlEngine.com/forsale.html

FOR SALE: U.S. Navy “K” Launch Engine, mfg. 1918, Mare Island, CA

  • In original condition and appears to be unused.

  • Engine complete w/ bronze bed plate, lower

       drain valves.

  • Navy throttle valve and waxed-canvas cover on copper cross-over pipe.  

  • Cosmoline still on many steel parts and on

       brass jacketing.  

  • Engine turns over nicely and is ready to run.  

  • Full size copy of original Navy blueprints

       included with sale.  

 

Pick up in Virginia or arrange shipping.    

Price Reduced!

Now $14,500  

 

Contact: H. Hollerith 

hhfour@gmail.com

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PEARL SINGLE Cylinder Engine Specifications:

  • Bore and stroke is 2 ½” by 3”

  • Teak Cladding

  • Steam line is ½” IPT steam and ¾” IPT exhaust

  • Dimensions are 16” long, 9” wide and 22” high

  • Weight is approximately 86 pounds

  • Low rpm high torque 2 h.p.

  • Has been run on air only

This PEARL single cylinder engine may be used to power up to a 20-foot LOA launch. She has been assembled with care and each part meticulously hand finished and polished as can be seen in the photo. The price reflects the amount of time needed from rough castings to the final product.

Asking $4875.00

 

Contact: Teddy or Carole

253-223-2667

flyingblossom@nventure.com

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FOR SALE: Pearl Single Cylinder Steam Engine

FOR SALE: Pearl Twin-Cylinder Steam Engine

PEARL TWIN Engine Specifications:

· Bore and stroke is 2 ½” and 2 ½” by 3”

· High torque low rpm

· Dimensions are 25” long, 9” wide and 22” high

· Weight is approximately 165 pounds

· Located in Tacoma, WA area (University Place)

 

Asking $5925.00

 

Contact: Teddy or Carole

253-223-2667

flyingblossom@nventure.com

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Parts and Accessories for Sale

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On Now! Al Rustad Inventory Clearance Sale

1. Brass Searchlight 

Electric searchlight, all brass! 12" dia. stands about 18" high, 4" dia. base flange. Very good condition! Clean but not polished. Needs 12-volt double contact bayonet base bulb. $80 OBO

2. Gauge 0-500 PSI

Bronze case, 7-3/4” dia. rear flange, 5-1/2” dial face, 

2-3/4” high. Lonergan Mfr. “Main Feed Pump Discharge” ¼ NPT bottom connect. $100

3. Gauge 0-160 PSI

Bronze case, Ashcroft mfr. 7-3/8 dia. front flange,

7-3/4” back flange. 2-3/8” high ¼ NPT bottom connect $100

 

4. Plastic Bilge Pump 

Made by Grizzly Manufacturing. $5

5. Industrial Thermometers (3)

3 pieces: straight ones, 100-750F (used for steam superheat on LUCIFER); 40-300F, side-connecting one is 45-950F. Check your stack temp? $20 ea. OBO

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Contact: Allan Rustad  (425) 744-4575  email: rustad.allan@yahoo.com

All items available for inspection at Rustad Manor, Edmonds, WA

Steam Inquiries

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WANTED: Information About This Engine!

 

  • Height: 25” to top of cylinder

  • Intake: 3/8” pipe

  • Exhaust: 3/4”

  • A reversing rocking valve engine

  • It has crosshead driven feed pump.

  • Bore is 3”, I think - I have not taken the cylinder head off.

  • Stroke is 3”

 

This is the only rocking valve engine I have ever seen. It is obviously factory made but there are no identifying marks anywhere that I can find. It is old enough that there are some square head bolts. 

 

Contact: Gene Goebel

eMail: geneslogon@gmail.com

Phone: (417) 724-2645

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WANTED:

Photos and Memories of the "S.S. SIGHTSEER"

Do you know this vessel? I'd love to know of any photos and/or memories you might have of the SS SIGHTSEER, which served the Seattle area from 1936 to 1963.

I have the postcard views but need on-deck scenes, interior, and engine room photos. She was also known briefly as COLUMBIA QUEEN on the Columbia River at Pasco. 

 

Contact: Keith Sternberg

Lopez Island, WA 98261

eMail: navigator@rockisland.com    

Phone: (360) 468-2074

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Want To Buy: 1950's Era Starboard Running Light 

I'm looking for this starboard running light for a 1950 era 26-foot, ex-Navy, glass whale boat, manufactured by Modern Metal Mfg. Co., serial number MS17999 SYM 219.  Will also consider          other manufacturer's light if compatible. Any information appreciated!

Please call me anytime!

(360) 908-5717

Frank Brannan

Port Orchard, Washington