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Boat adverts last modified 2nd October 2021

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

25’ 7” trailable Canopy launch ‘Suilven’

14th September 2021

‘Suilven’ was built and engined by the late Geoff Newton 1992-3 and she was built to the highest standards. She has steamed every year since she was new and has appeared at SBA and other events all over England and Scotland as well as on the continent.

The 25’ 7” cedar strip plank epoxy glass coated hull has a 3mm external mahogany veneer. Her engine is a condensing Leak compound: 3” + 5” x 3” with piston valve on HP and a balanced slide valve on the LP, and Stephenson link motion reversing. The engine drives a three bladed 18”x26” propeller.

The boiler is a David Beale designed 24” dia coal burning VFT built in 1999 Franklin & Bell. She has 109 1” tubes, a stainless steel grate and wet ashpan plus injector and hand pump.

Being sold by Bob and Sylvia Fry, the boat is currently lying in Callington, Cornwall.

£20,000 or near offer

Bob & Sylvia Fry

01579 384657

sylvia dot fry2 at btinternet dot com


24' Steam Cabin Launch 'Sirius'

21 August 2021


Steam Launch in GRP 24’ LOA  x 7’3” beam x 2’6” draft

Varnished Teak Deck, Fully fitted out with 2 berths, cooker, toilet, sink and Safety equipment, ready for sea.

Boiler – new in 2017 SBA tested 30/06/21

Engine – new 2018 Steeple compound 2 1/2” (HP) x 5” (LP) x 7” stroke

Keel condenser - and there is a 4HP Yamaha outboard auxiliary

Trailer – 3 new tyres and light board

Boat owned by SBA member Douglas Taylor (Largs) and currently stored under cover in Fairlie Key, Will be freshly antifouled prior to sale.

£18.5K. More photos available on request

Contact E-mail  Andrew.taylor6060@ntlworld.com for photos or phone 01475 687395

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