2001 Custom Built Paddlewheeler
|Engine Description||The CLYDE. boasts a mighty 35 HP, four-cylinder, Kubota diesel engine drives two hydraulic pumps. The largest is an Eaton...|
Full DescriptionThe Rafter CLYDE is modeled after a 1870s steamboat of the type that towed rafts of first-growth Wisconsin Pine on the Upper Mississippi. The CLYDE is undoubtedly the most authentic and finest-proportioned sternwheel steamboat replica anywhere on the Western Rivers.
Sorry, but there are no props hidden below the water. Instead, one of the most authentically built wooden paddlewheels in existence shoves the CLYDE through the water. Every White Oak part is individually crafted, and except for the Wheel Arms radiating out from a central shaft like spokes, no two pieces are exactly alike.
Within the engine compartment inside the steel hull, a mighty 35 HP, four-cylinder, Kubota diesel engine drives two hydraulic pumps. The largest is an Eaton VS primary drive pump and the smaller is an accessory pump for the steering and the bow-thruster.
The CLYDE has a thirty-gallon holding tank for the head. The fuel capacity is twenty-eight gallons in each of the two bow tanks and a twenty-five-gallon engine day tank, located under the deck next to the engine. The potable water tank holds fifty-gallons.
The paddlewheeler boasts of a full galley, alongside an oak dining table. A complete “head” with toilet, shower, and a sink are as lovely as any boat owner could want. Three twin-size beds, two of which are in the spacious Captain’s Quarters allows for overnight comfort on extended trips or just when spending a relaxing night onboard.
In the nearly seven years since CLYDE completed a 1,300-mile river trip from Alma to Aurora, Indiana, she’s been practically rebuilt from the top of the twin stacks to the bottom of the keel. But understand, above the recently repainted steel hull with the addition of a new bow thruster tube, the wooden superstructure always has some touch-ups to keep a classic boat enthusiast occupied. Everything about the CLYDE closely resembles a steamboat of the 19th Century except it’s smaller and a diesel engine powers the sternwheeler rather than steam.