Category Archives: Hull

Building a Strip Plank Hull
Below are posts concerning the building of the hull for Steam Yacht Befur. This hull is s strip-plank built design by Selway Fisher (see link on right of home page) and is constructed of Western Red Cedar planks clad in woven epoxy-impregnated glass-fibre cloth.

It’s the first boat I have built, so your watching a learner!

Getting to the end of the worklist

I’m falling behind! No progress update since January – sorry.

We have been working hard to get her ready for re-entering the water… This winter’s workslist has turned into quite a major refit.

The list below shows the work we are undertaking, and all is completed except installing the engine and the work on mast and rigging.

Maintenance

  • Varnish anchor chocks
  • Varnish side decks and tiller
  • Fill & re-paint the various dings & dents in paint work
  • Check / remake lower rudder pintle
  • Re-coat antifoul
  • Adjust masthead block locations
  • Inspect/fix paint bubbles at waterline
  • Complete inspection and maintenance of engine

Improvements

Engine & Boiler

  • Remove Worthing Simpson duplex circulating pump.
  • Fit new Jabsco circulating  pump.
  • Fit Alfa-Laval plate condenser.
  • Calibrate Vac gauge.
  • Make new LP Valve to fix timing.
  • Remake HP valve to fix timing and cure leaks.
  • Reset eccentrics, to fix timing.
  • Cross-head re-fit to correct clearances.
  • Re-furbish feed-pump seals & slow gearing.
  • Replace & improve scotch-crank pump drive.
  • Improve & tidy feed-pump plumbing.
  • Replace boiler clacks. (inspect and paint boiler drum internals).
  • Inspect and refit Air Pump piston & seal.
  • Install ancillary steam lines & valves for ejector, whistle, re-heater & kettle
  • Make improved oil filters for hotwell.

Electrical Systems

  • Add secondary battery and split charge relay
  • Install wiring for the circulating pump with fuse and switching from driving position.
  • Add electrical noise filter for NASA depth sounder.

Hull & Sail

Picture of new plate condenser & circulating pump

New bulkhead, plate condenser and circulating pump.

 

  • Install a new bulkhead on starboard side.
  • Make & fit Windermere Kettle to condenser brackets.
  • Add a Tack Line and cabin rood fixing.
  • Tidy Tack Parrel.
  • Fit Windex to masthead.
  • Adjust ballast towards the stern.
  • Fit guard around compass.
  • Fit Cam Cleat for sheets.
  • Improve sheetlet attachment to battens.

Winter Work

Befur home for winter work

Befur home for winter work

Well, Befur is back in the fells for some winter work.

The pull-out and trip home was uneventful, thanks to Simon and Dean’s help, and the garage finally finding and fixing the leak in the Land Rover’s turbo pipes! Much less smoke and much more go!

Work to do

We have a tentative list of work we want to do, and the game plan is to try to get back into the water before Heggerscale freezes (the lake is a milder climate to over winter in)! However, as I write this post, and document the work, it seems questionable if we will finish the work in 2022!!!

The work falls into several groups, some just inspection/maintenance and some fixing/improving: Continue reading

Update on a snowy day

Another snowy day in Heggerscales

As April begins the weather returns to snow and cold, so it seems a good time to provide a progress report.

We are working towards getting Befur into the water for 2019 – I was hoping for April 1st, but (as always) I am behind plan. However, it really is too cold to be on the water, so we will remained chilled about our position.

So, here is a list of the main activity of the last few weeks:

Engine/Boiler

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Late- yes, Embarrassed – some, Nearly There – maybe

I noticed that I had not written anything since the end of March, and I guess (unconsciously) this was because I had intended to have Befur ready for the water on the first of April, and that clearly wasn’t happening – and addressing that fact in print was a bridge too far!

However, we have been far from idle, and I actually do think we should be there for the first week of June (fingers-crossed). So here is a quick review of progress in April and May.

Checking the Solar Panels

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More Electrics, “Decks” and Woodwork

Having craned the engine and boiler into the hull we have now settled the position of the key components and can start to deal with some of the remaining fitting out tasks.

We are still aiming for an April Launch, but in true project planning style we had not said which day in April, so we have a few days left. The following items have been addressed so far:

Electrical Installation

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Engine Meets Hull

Just a note to commemorate another milestone. Yesterday we (neighbour Mike and I) lifted the engine into the boat! Hurrah!

We had spent a deal of time debating how best to do this, with the hydraulic bucket on the tractor being the initial option – but in the end we both felt a bit “windy” about working under the engine held up by an ageing tractor, and instead opted for the “trusty” Chinese chain-hoist strapped to an RSJ in the roof of Mike’s barn. We then picked the engine up, and manoeuvred the boat under the engine. To make it more interesting, we really don’t know how heavy it is – but the two of us could not lift it by hand to get it to the engine crane to put on a trailer for the trip to the barn (200yd push in light snow!)

The decision as to installation was to epoxy four M10 studs into the engine bearers and then use nuts on the studs to secure the engine bed down. Continue reading

Providing some Direction – Befur gains a rudder

Rudder ready for fitting and varnish

The rudder with pintles ready for varnish and fitting

One of the major outstanding jobs on the hull was to build a suitable rudder. As Befur is meant to sail (as well as steam) we wanted to make sure we provided some thing effective.

Researching the subject covering everything from historic articles on Chinese Junk development to the Steamboat Associations’ handbook and designers from Selway Fisher to Dave Gerr’s excellent book on ship design and lots of trawling of the Junk Rig Association’s web site we discovered some important facts: Continue reading

The Final Push to the North

Well, as I may have mentioned we have decided to relocate to Cumbria (330miles north of current location) – this of course means moving house and more significantly relocating the workshop and boat! This decision has resulted in the gap in posts and also a final push to get Befur in a state ready to hit the road.

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