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2 Southford Road
United Kingdom

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2010 Kungslena Steam launch

£100,000 (Listed price: US$161,330)


Saloon seating looking forward
Saloon looking aft
Underwater shape
  • Boat Summary
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30' steam launch. Built Sweden 2010. 2-cyl steam engine. Wood fired boiler. Bronze fittings, paneled mahogany joinery, beveled glass windows

  • Designer: Olsson Harald
  • Builder: Kungslena Cabinet Makers, Sweden
  • Year: 2010
  • Location Sweden
  • Length on deck: 30'4"
  • Beam: 7'7"
  • Draft: 2'
  • Tonnage(TM): Dead-weight 4.4 tons approx

Boat Details
Fuel OtherHull Material Wood 
Beam 7 ft 7 inMax Draft 2 ft 
Draft Board/Drive Up 2 ftLength on Deck 30 ft 4 in 
Cabin Headroom 6 ft 1 inNumber of Engines 1 
For Sale by

Wooden Ships

2 Southford Road
United Kingdom

Fax:  +44 (0)1803 833899

Full specification

This wonderful steam launch, built in Sweden between 2005 and 2010, has only had 2 seasons in the water, wintered under cover in a shed and can be considered as a new boat in new but in fully trialed and proven condition.

The story of this fine steam launch began about 2005 when the Swedish owners came across a few small steam boats on the Gota Canal.

In the autumn of 2005 Bernt Breding, maker of the B2 steam engines and boilers sent a drawing to the owners of an 1892 steam launch designed by Harald Olsson of Vanersborg.

A new hull to this design was commissioned from Lars Qvist from Kungslena Cabinet Makers, the first boat to be built to this vintage design.

This very sweet classic steam launch design has a straight full length keel, a straight stem and a short counter stern with good freeboard.


The Hull

The construction uses the epoxy resin saturation method with Oregon pine strip planking, edge glued and coated inside and out with resin and glass cloth.

Steam bent oak timbers added after the hull skin construction with close-spaced transverse oak floors in the bottom which also form the supports for the cabin sole.

The sheer is emphasised by a deep bulwark plank painted red cut with waterways to drain the narrow side decks, varnished capping above with bronze capped rubbing strake below with gilded carving at the bow.

After very careful filling and fairing, the hull was painted externally with a linseed oil based paint and varnished on the inside.

The superstructure is built to an equally traditional design to give shelter over most of the length of the boat and standing head-room all through. Built in African and S American mahogany  with large opening windows down each side to give plenty of light to the interior and excellent all round visibility, one doorway each side for side entry and all finished in 12 coats of Tonkinoise varnish.

The cabin roof is built of Siberian larch on oak beams, covered with canvas in the old way with varnished moulded mahogany margin boards round the edges, again soaked in Tonkinoise varnished oil. A sliding hatch at the after end allows ease of access through the after doors.

Twin, gull-wing lifting hatches at the forward end allow ease of access through the forward doors.

A traditional opening sky-light over the after end of the cabin roof with a pair of opening hatches midships.

Large classic spot-light on the roof forward end.

Nav lights in light boxes on the forward corners.

Bow mooring lines pass either over the stemhead fitted with magnificent polished bronze chain rollers or through bronze fairleads in the gunnel to heavy duty bronze bollards each side of the fore deck.

Spurling pipe on deck for the chain rising from the chain locker below.

All windows are in bevel-edged toughened glass.

All fittings are in bronze supplied by Davey & Co of London or Toplicht of Hamburg. Other unobtainable fittings were custom made in Sweden.

Blakes bronze sea-cocks.



Hydraulic wheel mechanism to a ram on the rudder stock under the aft deck.

Stainless steel rudder mounted vertically in a stainless steel shoe extension to the keel.

The wheel has two positions in the cabin, either on the starboard side forward or against the forward bulkhead to starboard.


The Cabin

Steps up aft to twin glazed double doors open to the  Oregon pine laid deck over the counter. Sampson post takes the lines. Spurling pipe to take aft anchoring chain.

Below the counter the space is open to the cabin behind the steps and contains the hydraulic steering ram on the rudder stock.


At the forward end, steps up to deck with two glazed doors open to fore deck laid in Oregon pine on oak deck beams and finished in Tonkinoise varnish.



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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