Monday, April 6, 2015

The benefits of blogging

I took the opportunity today to take Beth out for a sail at my local lake and wonder when I had last taken her out.  Turns out my last sail blog was 18th October 2014 and I was preparing the boat for a busy summer of sailing.  Oh well.  Today was very light breeze but beautiful and sunny and so very relaxing.

I will claim five hours at the helm but some of that was sleeping.  That brings my total to 153 hours and surprise, surprise past my self imposed 150 hour induction.

Now I feel qualified to sail the boat.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stove number three

It is "Pablofest" this weekend which means I have a full weekend in the workshop with no scheduled interruptions.  I could have done any number of useful jobs but I chose to practice my welding and use up some of my scrap.  If I don't use up my scrap some one may mistake it for rubbish and throw it out.  I have had a compressor tank I found on some ones hard rubbish pile some time in the 90's.  I had always meant to build a compressor but that didn't eventuate so I tried to sell it on ebay but no luck.

Rather than throw it out I decided to build another wood stove.  This one has a vertical fire box leading into a horizontal cook top.  The tank sits on a tripod so it is nice and stable and has an air intake and ash ash dump controlled by simple gate valves.  There is a removable hot plate which can be used to load fuel and a couple of small holes so you can watch the flames flicker.  I have a removable fire grate that sits in the base at 45 degrees to maintain a good air flow.

Seems to work well.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wally Mounster

There were a number of very nice small steam launches at Hobart but I had never seen or heard of a steam outboard motor.  This particular example was was for sale and was designed and built by Wally Mounster.  Wally was a local Tasmanian who seems to have been a bit of an engineering legend and deserves a mention in the Tinkerers Hall of Fame.  The other steam launches were also very nice but a bit more conventional.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rolling lift bridges of the world - 2

Imagine my surprise on arriving at Hobart to find a rolling lift bridge almost identical to the one in Auckland harbour.  In Auckland I had no idea how the bridge worked but this time I had a basic understanding so I made an effort to photograph the important details.

Side elevation showing the concrete counterbalance in the elevated position.

The drive shaft and pinion.

The rolling rack mechanism.

The photo of the steam crane is gratuitous.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Steam Yacht Preana

Riding in the luxurious saloon of the steam yacht Preana is not the boating experience I am used to.  For me it was almost claustrophobic but a fascinating opportunity to see a steam launch in action.  The boat was originally commissioned in 1896 by wealthy Tasmanian flour miller and parliamentarian William Gibson.  She is a 55 foot launch originally powered by a 60hp triple expansion engine but has been restored and fitted with a 40hp E compound engine from 1905.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Yukon of Copenhagen

My personal favorite of the Hobart festival was the Yukon of Copenhagen.

A Danish fishing ketch she was bought, as a wreck, for a case of beer and then rebuilt with Danish oak and Swedish pine.  As luck would have it she is now for sale so if I had a spare $490,000 I would consider buying her.  The Yukon web site shows her as 17 meters but the boat sales site says 24 meters so I guess she is between 17 and 24 meters.  I enjoyed hearing her story from the captain but I didn't think to ask how a Danish vessel got the name Yukon.

Hopefully I'll get another chance to get on board and ask.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival 2015

Im back from three days in Hobart with enough photos to keep blogging for another twelve months.  It would be a tough call to name the prettiest boat in the festival but this Herreshoff pram would be a contender.