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 Post subject: Frances-Anne
PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:13 pm 
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Dear Steamboating Friends

One or two of you have enquired about the progress of my boat. So, here is an editied history for you.

This was the image that I developed once the hull was ordered from Mr Beckmann.
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Collection from the dockside at Southampton
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A pretty hull shape (seen from upstairs)
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Setting up the hull and testng for level (1)
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Setting up the hull and testng for level (1)
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The clamps go on to fix the sheer and the beam.
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Lots of planing had to follow to get the line right.
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Testing deck curvature with hardboard covering and scrap for framing. One in 20 seemed right after the advice from the Forum.
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Framing out the side decks, rear and fore deck.
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My "trick" to overcome the problem of the clamps rising above the top of the moulding.
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Framing the curve at the front of the cockpit (Who forgot to think about the run of the grain so as to make shaping up easy????)
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Foredeck plywood underlay.
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Sticking down the mahogany veneer.
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Gaps filled with Sikaflex.
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Clamping the plywood side decks
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The steering takes shape.
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The quadrant under the rear deck framing.
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Working out the shape of the rear deck planking
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Sticking down the strips
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Brickhenge???
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Bulkheads - In cardboard
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Bulkheads - Then plywood
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Cabin doorway cut out.
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Door frame begun
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Side windows added
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Testing for size
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Cabin rear frame trial.
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Side Frame and bits of the roof trial.
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Window shaping next.
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Then some mahogany stain.
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And not forgetting a roof...
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The folding cabin - Front and one side set up and clipped.
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The folding cabin - Now add the rear frame.
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The folding cabin - Then the starboard side frame
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The folding Cabin - And finally the roof.
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Still well short of finished!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:47 am 
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Well done Pete-And your wife once said "Why are you keeping all those bricks?" women just don't understand :lol: Den


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:21 am 
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aww damn ...Den beat me to the punch line :D

She looks great Pete....just as you described way back when....Please keep us posted!.....I love builds...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:31 pm 
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Pete,

Very nice work, the joinery on the aftcabin and deck look superb. That will be one to be proud of for sure.

-Ron


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:25 pm 
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As the others have said Pete, a very nice boat - you are doing a first class job of the fitting out. Keep posting, it's very interesting to see a work in progress. Do you have an engine & boiler? John.


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mcandrew1894 wrote:
aww damn ...Den beat me to the punch line :D

She looks great Pete....just as you described way back when....Please keep us posted!.....I love builds...


Dave

Pete is also doing a series of articles in Steamboating Magazine http://www.steamboating.org on his build. There is an article in the forthcoming Sep/Oct 2010 issue of his determining/construction of the sheer. Good info.

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 Post subject: Re: Frances-Anne
PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:38 pm 
Beautiful work Pete


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 Post subject: Re: Frances-Anne
PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:02 pm 
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Thanks folks, you are very kind. Must remember to avoid any close ups that show the real standard of work...

Yes, there is an engine sitting under a dust sheet but out of shot. It was built by John Winn, who is one of the more prolific engine builders in the SBA. It is a vee twin with cylinders of 2,125" X 2.25" and a sliding collar slip eccentric for reversing. It is built from stock steel and uses off the shelf main bearings and tecalmit valves for the lubrication system. I am plotting to put it in front of the boiler to provide more space in the cockpit. Whether that will work will depend upon the boiler (still in bits as yet).


View from the rear
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View from the front
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View from the right.
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Nice and compact!

Best wishes


Pete


Last edited by PeteThePen1 on Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Hi Pete,

Great looking Engine!. I see the ubiquitous pump lubricator for the cylinders AND the mechanics.....cool!

They work....very well....

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:49 pm 
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Dear Steamboating Colleagues

Thought I would just post a few more pictures for you. I have just completed the cardboard implementation of the boiler I was muttering about elsewhere on the Forum. I am not sure whether I like it not. I suspect that the Blackstaff horizontal boiler I orginally tried to get would be better...

The basic casing:

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Positioned, seen from forward:

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Positioned, seen from the cabin:

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(Yes, I know I need engine bearers, etc. but I need to sort out the boiler position before they get installed, not to mention working out the position of the drive shaft)

Regards

Pete


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