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Titan
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Joined: 9:29 PM - Jul 19, 2006

11:40 PM - Nov 05, 2017 #1

Well last weekend was a momentous occasion, the first time I have steamed my steam launch. I was hoping to have her in steam at the last STL, but leaking tubes put paid to that! So after a retube the boiler is back in the boat, and plumbed in, so I had to light a fire in it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuyUahD7qGE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXpCc4oJw00

A few minor leaks to attend to, plus the safety valve needs adjusting, but she runs nicely! 
It's a Mamod Jim, but not as we know it!

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Roly Williams
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9:26 AM - Nov 06, 2017 #2

Nice one! Looking forward to seeing it in the water :-)
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Mehltheuersteam
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4:03 PM - Nov 06, 2017 #3

Very nice. A overview about the boat would be great :-)  I whish save yourneys with it!
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mrborinator
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4:12 PM - Nov 06, 2017 #4

Congrats good job, and you have a very nice running engine.
Cheers, Rob.

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Killian Keane
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8:48 PM - Nov 06, 2017 #5

I wonder where you got that name from 😁
Blokes with tea can build anything. :brew:
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Titan
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11:08 PM - Nov 06, 2017 #6

Who knows? ;)
It's a Mamod Jim, but not as we know it!

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Killian Keane
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11:23 PM - Nov 06, 2017 #7

Titan wrote:Who knows? ;)
Spoilers sweetie 😂
Blokes with tea can build anything. :brew:
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Titan
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Joined: 9:29 PM - Jul 19, 2006

12:12 PM - May 15, 2018 #8

A long overdue update! I have finally got the boiler certified! Yay! She will be making her maiden voyage/debut at the Moira Canal Festival on the Ashby Canal this weekend!

See here:

http://www.moiracanalfestival.co.uk/

If anyone fancies coming along you are welcome to a short cruise on the boat, and/or a cup of tea if I get the Windermere kettle sorted out, although it will have to fit around the festival activities. Looks like the weather may still be good!
It's a Mamod Jim, but not as we know it!

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Titan
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11:33 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #9

Well unfortunately she did not make her debut at Moira because the car broke down and I could not find anything to tow her with.

However the car is now fixed and she has finally had her first test run!

A very successful test run, she seems quite lively!

[youtube][/youtube]

A very small list of snags - one small water leak on a feed pipe, and the coupling was not clamped on to the propshaft tightly enough. Started to slip when the prop got wrapped up in weed...

I suppose there are a few glands on the engine which could do with sealing better too, but for the moment they add 'character'  :D

It is the Rutland water steam show this weekend, and she will definitely be there for that!
It's a Mamod Jim, but not as we know it!

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txlabman
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11:40 AM - Jun 19, 2018 #10

Congratulations on the maiden voyage of your steam launch. 

Good luck at the Rutland show.  

I hope you can post a longer video when you steam it at the show. 
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