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since the early 18th century, however steam
launches and boats reached the peak of their popularity around the
1890s. The advent of reliable petrol engines cost steam power it's
popular appeal. But steam is still in use today - for example in
nuclear powered ships and submarines. An unexpected advantage of steam
power is it's built in source of heat, which warms the boat and helps
to extend the boating season further into spring and autumn.
A revival of interest in steam launches began in the 1950's primarily among those who were interested in a mechanical hobby. A bit similar to classic car restoration but more interesting to the family, and more unique. In steam launches, the boat itself can be sometimes just a setting for the main interest - the steam engine. However at Marine Classics we design and build elegant hulls to complement a stylish power plant.