Time to make a Yacht!
Following on from appearing to have (temporarily at least) sorted the steam plant, it’s time to get on with fitting Befur with her Junk-Rig sails, so that she can truly be the Steam Yacht that she was always intended to be. The embarrassment of having to be towed home on three occasions also sharpened our desire to get this job done. Continue reading
Just a quick note to record the changes we made to the burner, following the failures on Windermere and Ullswater.
The conclusion was that these failures were mostly heat related. But also we fitted three new control boxes to the burner before we found one that worked!!…
The solutions were:
- Fit a heat absorbing blanket to the outside of the boiler casing to reduce the radiated heat impacting the burner.
- Fit an external duct to cause the intake air to be drawn via the control-box and ignition transformer assemblies (to help cool them)
- Strip and rebuild the burner, fitting new magic eye, solenoid, control box, ignition transformer, motor capacitor and a somewhat worn pump drive coupling.
As noted in an earlier post, this seems to have done the job, so here are some pictures:
Burner with duct disassembled. Original intake on left, new intake on right, with sound-deadening foam
Burner with duct disassembled. Original intake on right, new intake on left, with sound-deadening foam
Assembled Air duct on re-built burner
Burner on stand ready for testing
Well that worked!
It would appear that the work on the burner paid off. Yesterday we had a fine day’s trip on Ullswater, from the marina at Watermillock, all the way to Glenridding without a single problem – virtually the full length of Ullswater. (About 3½ hours steaming). The first time we have managed the full length of the lake!
We took most of it at a leisurely pace, with a couple of bursts of speed to avoid yachts out racing…. Continue reading
After an extended break since the Windermere jaunt, rebuilding of the burner and visiting friends and family; we finally got Befur launched and back on her mooring on Ullswater on Thursday. Continue reading
Well we are probably due an update….
We just spent a week camping on the boat in the company of the SBA (Steam Boat Association of the UK) on Windermere.
A curate’s egg of a week! We did get a very fine trip down to Fell Foot (at the south of the lake) and had some nice pictures taken of us on the way 🙂
Another nice day on the lake, recorded by Daughter Kathy and MadMut Marine GPS Navigation Android ap….
Click on the waypoints in on the track displayed by the link below to see performance data.
As you can see we had 3 generations on this trip…
Lou and I had a nice trip in fine weather, moving Befur to her swinging mooring for the season, and travelling south on the lake – our longest trip to date ~4.67Nmiles, mostly cruising at about 3-4kts, with a sprint of about 5.5kts and an apparent fastest speed of 6.2kts.
No obvious problems, and the seagull started on the first pull going home!!!!!