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FIREDANCE
Owners: Bob & Caroline Shearer,
Mylor, Cornwall
Members of the SBA
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Open Launch - Trailable (based Carrick Roads)


Feb. 2016

SL Firedance has
now been sold.

SL Firedance (formerly 'Rockabill')

Woodbine logoHull:

  • "Tela" class Edwardian daysailer, based on the lines of a Pilot Cutter's boat. Moulded by Penryn Bridge Boat Yard, Cornwall, in 1993. Plumb stem, wine-glass transom.

  • LOA 16' 6", LWL 16' 0", beam 5' 6", draught 1' 11", displacement 0.5 ton (5.1 x 4.9 x 1.7 x 0.6 m, 500 Kg ).

  • GRP, white, varnished ply deck and interior, wheel steering, short canvas canopy.

  • Fitted out as steam launch 1994 by first owner David Ayers. Currently being rebuilt by present owner.

Woodbine logoEngine:

  • (To be fitted 2004). Built 2000-01 by owner using Cyril Taylor's T1 castings.

  • Single cylinder, double-acting, 2" bore x 2" stroke on four turned columns.

  • Stephenson Link Reversing Gear.

  • 5-blade fabricated SS propeller, 16" x 22". 1" SS shaft with ball-bearing thrust plate and two auto-type CV joints.

Woodbine logoBoiler:

  • (To be fitted 2004). Lune Valley 2-drum WT. Built 1992 by Roger Cadogan. Steel drums 6" od, 20" long. 17 copper tubes, 7/8" od. 150 psi., hs 7.5 sqft. with economiser and keel condenser. SS funnel. Originally parafin fired and fitted in Punch and Judy 1994-96.

Woodbine logoHistory:

  • Fitted out 1994 by first owner David Ayers. Called Rockabill.

  • Originally fitted with Ayers designed and built 2" x 3" single cylinder engine and Ayers designed and built Roberts 3-drum WT boiler.

  • Hull bought without engine or boiler by current owners in December 2001 and renamed Firedance.

Woodbine logo Further details:

  • Rockabill is mentioned in Funnel magazine issues:
    82, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 99, 101, 103, 104, 105, 107, 111, 112

  • Further pictures of Rockabill are available on the SL Elpenor website.

  • Sister-ship in steam - Black Pig. See SBA Steamboat Register.

  • The "Tela" hull is now built by Salterns Boatyard, Bursledon, Hants. (See a sailing version at Classic Marine).

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