>>> Steamlaunch

The Steam and Diesel Launch Page, build your own or buy ready to go!

If you at all like/appreciate the older, classic style boats, you owe it to yourself to check out this page. The Whio and Firefly designs are featured, with plans available. The forums had a long thread whose opening post (and many others) covered the Whio. Its a very pretty, and apparently very efficient design.

Watching a steam engine

The complexity and simplicity and beauty of these old steam engines (and newly made versions) is just fascinating to me… and some argue that they are still a good and viable powerplant.

This is certainly a nice looking installation on a pretty boat.

Found the link on the Backyard Boatbuilding mailing list. Quite a bit of discussion pointed out the danger to the child/by standers for the engine to run unshielded. I would agree that I would be concerned that a wave or whatever could cause the child to fall into the moving machinery, and hope that precautions are normally used. Anyway, pretty install and attractive craft.