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    For those who were not able to make it to Hobart in early February, here is a sneak preview of a very small number of the craft on show at this year's AWBF.

    No doubt more photos will be available on the AWBF website later, presumably when the staff and volunteers recover from a very busy four days.

    The photos show some of the workmanship, some unusual designs, some historic vessels and some brand new ones, and an ingenious means of propulsion. Who would have thought that adding a steam engine to the drive unit of an outboard would work?

    The last photo shows my own small contribution to the festival. The two kayaks in the foreground are my latest low volume sea kayak and my very stable racing K1. Built from Paulownia strips, they weigh 11kg and 8kg respectively.
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    Good stuff.
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    Hi Allan,

    Thanks for the photos. Some of the craft in the backgrounds are great too. Your own skills don't seem to be deserting you. Your latest craft look even more spectacular.

    John

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    What is the engine mounted on the back of the Diablito?

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    Thanks for the photos. I live in Hobart and have never been to the festival. Next time I will certainly go along. Your work and dedication is inspiring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari2 View Post
    Thanks for the photos. I live in Hobart and have never been to the festival. Next time I will certainly go along. Your work and dedication is inspiring
    I live 3,700Kms away & I've been a couple of times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christos View Post
    What is the engine mounted on the back of the Diablito?
    It seems to be a home made steam engine attached to the bottom part of a normal outboard.

    As with most steam setups, very little of what you can see is the engine itself. Most of it is the firebox, boiler and associated pipes, valves, gauges etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anewhouse View Post
    It seems to be a home made steam engine attached to the bottom part of a normal outboard......
    I was sort of guessing that direction as well just not seen one attached to a boat like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anewhouse View Post
    For those who were not able to make it to Hobart in early February, here is a sneak preview of a very small number of the craft on show at this year's AWBF.

    No doubt more photos will be available on the AWBF website later, presumably when the staff and volunteers recover from a very busy four days.

    The photos show some of the workmanship, some unusual designs, some historic vessels and some brand new ones, and an ingenious means of propulsion. Who would have thought that adding a steam engine to the drive unit of an outboard would work?

    The last photo shows my own small contribution to the festival. The two kayaks in the foreground are my latest low volume sea kayak and my very stable racing K1. Built from Paulownia strips, they weigh 11kg and 8kg respectively.


    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for your pics from the AWBF.

    Your photo IMGP1322 is the interior of my 16' Suffolk Beach Punt, Savannah. Here are a few more of Savannah at the festival with her little sister Miss Mouse, my 10' Oughtred Puffin, sitting right next to her. These photos were all taken early in the morning before the doors opened. It was very hard to take photos once the crowds arrived as both boats generated a lot of interest over the whole four days and there were people everywhere.

    I have also thrown in a photo of Savannah on her first sail just a few days ago. (At the time of the festival she had not yet hit the water)

    I had a look at your kayaks. Although not my sort of boat I recognise the workmanship that has gone in to them - well done. That Paulownia looks like nice clear timber, I hadn't seen it before, or at least not knowingly.

    Thanks for making the commitment to travel down and bring boats with you. There were many other interstate visitors, and some from overseas. Actually, I would say that 80% of the people that stopped to have a look at my boats and have a chat were not locals.

    The festival is a wonderful event but wouldn't exist without the boats, and I thought it was a bit light on this year, for small boats in particular. There were several larger boats that didn't make it down due to atrocious weather conditions the week before, but this doesn't explain lower numbers of smaller boats like ours, especially local ones that I know are about but were not entered like they usually are for some reason.

    Anyway, hope you enjoyed the festival.

    Cheers, Cameron.
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    Hi Cameron

    She looks just as good from the outside as she does from the inside. Hope she sails as well as she looks and that you get as much satisfaction sailing her as you obviously did building her.

    Whitewood

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    Oh gawd the steam engine! I must have walked past it a dozen times but only ever saw the boat. First time at the festival and I must admit I was expecting more small boats. Hopefully next time.
    I had a ball.

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    Now I have seen (almost) everything.
    A steam outboard !!
    Who'da thunk it?!

    Just quietly, I think it's wonderful.
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