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This 42’ Replica Gentleman’s Steam Launch ‘Surta’ was built by Bristol shipyard owner, David Abels, to his own design and for his own use in 1988. ‘Surta’ has been owned by the current owners since 2002 & has been a regular guest at Thames and other Steam Boat Association events. She is built to canal gauge: 42’ LOA & LWL, 6’10” Beam, Draft 3’ & 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, & a slide valve & slip eccentric on the LP end. The skin condenser is 18 sq ft, welded to the outside of the hull & the right handed three bladed bronze propeller is 24”x 53”.
Her boiler is newly re-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 & whistle – of appropriate tone.
She provides adequate living space for longer cruises. A saloon which converts into a double berth, a galley with cooker & fridge, head & shower.
Whilst every care has been taken in there preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate to have the vessel fully surveyed, inspected and sea or river trialed depending on location of the boat