For Etna we have gone for a hull shape which is very much not the steam launch 'norm'. With her modern reverse counter stern and pronounced tumblehome home in the aft sections changing into a flaired bow sections, she has a hull that will turn heads.
The construction is for 15mm (5/8") strip Cedar planking with a diagonal veneer of 3mm (1/8") Kaya but she could be built with a single thickness of 18mm (3/4") Cedar sheathed in glass/epoxy. The bilge stringers and engine/boiler beds are fitted before planking commences so that there is no awkward fitting later.
The standard fit-out is for a large aft cockpit, central steam plant space and forward cockpit.
Look out for her sister launch 'Michelle' which is a similar design but with a more raked bow.
26' 8" Etna Particulars
|Hull Mid Depth||3'||0.91m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||3970 lbs||1800 kg|
|Engine||15 + IHP steam/34 hp diesel|
|Hull Shape||Round bilge|
|Construction Methods||Strip plank|
|Major strip wood requirements for hull||2790' of 5/8"x1 1/4" (850m of 15x33mm) WRC + 28 sq.m. of 3mm (300 sq.ft. of 1/8") Kaya veneer (maybe single thickness of 18mm (3/4") WRC.|
|Guidance Use||8+ adults|
|Drawing/Design Package||7 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction/spec sheets|
|Additions and alterations included with the plans|