CNN outlines 7 steamboats still plying the waters around the US – under steam power. I knew there were some riverboats around, but even the ones that "look" steam powered, most are really not. These are the real deal.
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 BoatDesign.net forums had a long thread whose opening post (and many others) covered the Whio. Its a very pretty, and apparently very efficient design.
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.
Since I ran across it in my Kitchen Rudder research, I wanted to pass this on… been a bit since its been updated, but a nice site of an interesting segment of the boating population. If you want to get into steam power, it certainly has history, and with some mechanical/machine skills, you can roll your own to a great extent.