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Steamboats, Hulls, Autos and Trains for Sale
FOR SALE: 23-Foot Unfinished Paul Gartside Designed Fantail Steam Launch with Trailer
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.
■ 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
Or: Gloria Hodgetts
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
Asking $5,500 USD
(...but willing to negotiate)
For Sale: 20-Foot Steamboat “Dauntless”
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.
$6,000 USD OBO
(208) 219-6187 cell phone
FOR SALE: 29-Foot Steam Launch "Pocahontas"
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
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.
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
Raymarine autopilot (2017)
Raymarine depth sounder (2011)
Garmin GPS (1999)
Standard Horizon VHF (2020)
Feedwater temperature gauge
Rule bilge pumps (2) with float switches
High water alarm
Two Duracell deep cycle batteries (2021)
Battery selector switch
10-amp battery charger
Three circuit breaker panels (2016)
Weems & Plath running lights (rare)
Stereo with speakers in pilothouse and cockpit
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
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
Owners personal property including tools
Click image above to see photo gallery.
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.
For more details, call
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: Pearl Twin Engine
2-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 3” stroke, 4 HP
Now Asking $5,800 USD
Contact: Harv Lillegard
for video of this engine and more information.
FOR SALE: Vintage Bronze RH 18 x 24 Propeller
Excess to my requirements.
Marked Geo. E. Taylor, St. Paul.
Mr. Taylor was a member of the St. Paul Boat Club in the early 1900’s. Bore is 1.21 on the front side and 1.05 on the opposite, keyway is 1/4"
$495 + actual shipping fees
Contact Ken Vogel
FOR SALE: Steam Launch
Propellers and Bronze Shafts
12” x 15” 1-1/8” shaft reconditioned
to excellent condition $420 + $60 shipping
15-3/8” x 21 1-1/8” shaft reconditioned
to excellent condition $460 + $60 shipping
1-1/8” x 34” Bronze Shaft w/keyways
(never used) $125 + $35 shipping
OTHER PROPS AVAILABLE:
All props listed below have been reconditioned.
Please contact us for pictures and detailed information.
Come and visit our shop! Prices are negotiable.*
15 x 21 1-1/4" $225
15 x 22 1-1/8” $275
13 x 19 1-1/4" $375
14 x 18 1-1/4" $275
17 x 27 1-1/4" $425
* Shipping fee of $60 will be added.
Contact: Teddy or Carole 253-223-2667
Pearl 2-1/2" x 3"
Marine Steam Engine
Fully machined and ready for your assembly.
One PEARL 2 1/2" by 3" Marine Steam Engine.
MACHINED KIT, full size in iron and bronze.
or (802) 467-3205
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
Navy throttle valve and waxed-canvas cover on copper cross-over pipe.
Cosmoline still on many steel parts and on
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.
Contact: H. Hollerith
PEARL SINGLE Cylinder Engine Specifications:
Bore and stroke is 2 ½” by 3”
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.
Contact: Teddy or Carole
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)
Contact: Teddy or Carole
Company For Sale The Pearl Steam Engine Company
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.
Parts & Accessories for Sale
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
Contact: Allan Rustad (425) 744-4575 email: email@example.com
All items available for inspection at Rustad Manor, Edmonds, WA
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!
Port Orchard, Washington
A $100 reward will be paid to the first person who provides information as to the whereabouts and owner of this steam engine.
This steeple compound marine steam engine was identified as being manufactured by the Fifield Brothers Co. of Augusta, Maine in 1898.
This photo shows what appears to be a restored engine on display (with placard) at a steam show, probably in the 1960-70s, and probably in the Pacific Northwest.
Information is required for research regarding the Fifield Brothers Co. and their line of marine steam engines.
Call me anytime!
WANTED: Information About This Engine!
Height: 25” to top of cylinder
Intake: 3/8” pipe
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
Phone: (417) 724-2645
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
Phone: (360) 468-2074
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