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This is the place to find boats and equipment that are available outside the UK.  It will initially be populated by material that the Web team find on fellow steam boating sites.  However, we hope that non UK SBA members and other readers with things of a steam boating nature to sell will send details and photos to 'adverts at steamboatassociation do co dot uk.  There is no charge for this service.  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.   Please let us know when your item is sold. Advertisers wishing to continue their advert should inform us of that periodically and the advert will be left in place. We will cull old adverts unless asked that they should remain. 

We would also welcome feedback about whether you think this innovation is a good thing, how it could be improved and so on.

Last updated 4th  March 2024

Please also look at Miscellaneous Sales as Hugh Mothersole has just put up a whole range of useful items.


SL Persephone

10th February 2024

‘Persephone II’ is for sale in the USA – A Rolls Royce of steam launches

Wash Kohnke’s exquisite ‘Persephone II’ is an open or canopy launch fitted to a standard beyond the norm. Her Selway Fisher designed strip plank hull (28’ Corn Bunting) was built by the owner of 18mm Honduras Mahogany and has a custom Sunbrella storage and road cover.

Her 15hp compound engine was built in the UK by Peter Freebody, one of four copies of traditional Bellis launch engines, and her WT boiler is of LIFU type, diesel fired, designed by Alex Ritchie.

The trailer is a custom built 2 axle Magnum Trailer with 4 surge activated disc brakes. In addition Persephone is equipped with a Sunbrella 1/2 canopy on brass stanchions.

Full details of this extraordinary launch can be found on the Steamboat Register.

Contact information: steamlaunchpersephone at gmail dot com

Asking price 150,000 USD.  (Approximately £118, 775 GBP)

Wash Kohnke, Ridgefield WA



Pearl & Zenith Foundry Patterns

29th October 2021

The Pearl Engine and the Zenith Engine foundry patterns are for sale. All are well proven for use by foundries or in a small shop.

The Pearl 2 ½ by 3 and the 2 ½ + 2 ½ by 3 engines as well as the Zenith 2 ½ by 5 engine are precise replicas of classic marine steam propulsion. These engines have been well accepted for decades.

The patterns are on match plates and ready for immediate use. The patterns can be removed from the match plates and just the patterns with their core boxes can be shipped very economically.

The patterns and core boxes have been professionally produced and work well. The supplied machining drawings can be easily re-produced.

More engine details can be found at:

Images of all the patterns and core boxes can be viewed there as well as videos of the engines running.

Will consider an offer for all or part.

For more information please contact:
Roger Grosser

PearlEngine at gmail dot com


Two bars of White metal bearing alloy

25 October 2021

Two bars of White Metal Alloy no. 11 by F D Hoyt, cast in standard London pattern bars.

The composition is 84% tin, 10% lead and 6% antimony. This material is designed for wiped metal bearings.

There is one full 3kg bar available and one part bar weighing 2kg. Dimensions of the full bar are 27cm. X 5cm. X 4cm.

The full bar: £25 plus postage (IRO £6) or collection

The part bar: £20 plus postage (IRO £4) or collection

£40 for them both plus postage (IRO £9) or collection

Call: Kevin Slater

Tel: 01275 331074

Mobile: 0790 528 6711

kevin at manorfarmengineering dot co dot uk



26 September 2021

Having been a member of the SBA for many years, I possess copies of the back issues of Funnel, journal of the SBA (and a good read to boot,) which I am now looking to re-home with a caring owner.

I have a copy of all issues from Number 31 to Number 190 (the latest issue), including the Classified Quick Reference Indexes covering Issues 31 to 175 inclusive.

I live in Swanage, Dorset, which would be a long way to travel for most prospective new owners to come and pick them up, especially in these uncertain times, therefore I would be prepared to send them at my expense to any UK mainland address. (Sorry, any interested party from overseas would have to pay postage or collect. Intrepid Steamboaters could consider a sea voyage to Swanage to collect in person).

If you are interested in this offer, please contact me, Patricia Platt, by email at

or by phone (landline) on 01929 424496.

(There is an answerphone facility to leave a message if I’m not in).

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