Back in June 2020 we ran 1/2 a story on the 1931 Ernie Lane (Picton) built launch – Lady Ava (once named Miss Ava). The original story was about her sinking but due to the then owners situation it was decided to ‘dilute’ the story e.g. no photo of her demise. Link to the 2020 story below.
It is almost a year since I popped into the Panmure boat shed to check on the progress of the restoration of Steve and Colette Popie’s 38’ bridge-decker – Royal Falcon.So last week I accepted the invitation to view the 1934 Cox & Filmer built launch and woodys its a thing of beauty – check out the finish on the hull 🙂
Launch day is a few weeks away, then the final touches will be done on her berth. The attention to detail is 10/10 but in Steve’s words “its the best of both worlds – classic and modern systems, in terms of safety and ensuring she lasts another 80+ years. Links to previous WW stories below
For the petrol (diesel heads) below is a short clip of the Commer TS3 being fired up for the first time post re-build. Owner Steve commented that the puff of smoke is the residual lube oil from the new cylinder sleeve installation 🙂
Details on the Royal Falcon – Rootes TS3 engine below ex Mark Erskine:
Some basic engine info and specs are as follows:
The engine is a Rootes TS3 2-stroke diesel, model 3DB-215 as used in Commer Trucks from 1967 to 1972-ish.
Designed and manufactured by Rootes Diesel Engineering Division of Rootes Group, UK.
Commonly referred to as “Commer TS3” through their connection to Commer trucks.
Known around the world for their legendary reliability and extreme engine life, high power density and fuel efficiency.
This engine was extensively reconditioned and restored to new condition / factory specifications by Rootes Engine Services, Auckland (www.commer.co.nz)
This engine produces from 65 HP @ 1,000 rpm, to 140HP @ 2,400 rpm.
Maximum torque is 340 ft lbs at 1,250 rpm.
Most economical running between 1,200 to 1,800 rpm.
Rootes heat exchanger for engine oil cooling.
Water cooled exhaust manifold for marine use.
Lees type heat exchanger for engine coolant.
Savage heat exchanger for gearbox oil cooling.
Diesel fuel consumption (liters per hour) in “Royal Falcon” to be advised, but will be extremely low.
Maximum speed with current prop to be advised.
Designed as an “under-floor” engine for Commer trucks, these engines have a very low engine height above the crankshaft center line, allowing for a flat cabin floor with no engine box intrusion in the cabin.
Gearbox is a Borg-Warner Velvet Drive 26 spline 72C model (1.91:1 ratio).