Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to build a boat?
Once we get started, it usually takes six to eight months to a year to build a fully-outfitted boat, depending on what else I am working on, and on what I am to build.

What kind of payment do you require?
Generally, I like 25% down to get a project started. And then 25% twice more during the project as it progresses and the last 25% after I'm finished.

Where can I get a boat trailer?
We can get you a trailer at a local supplier, or you can furnish one. We usually have to adjust the bunks to fit the boat, plus once the boat is upright, we like to put it on the trailer to work on the inside. So, we need to have it here in our shop about halfway through the project.

What other steam boat options should I think about?
Some of the options you might want to consider are the floor and seat configuration, storage compartments, whether to have a brass strip on the keel, whether to have wood or brass rub rails, how the steering should work and where the steering wheel(s) will be located. As for the steam equipment, the location and configuration of the engine and boiler, whether to condense or not, etc. We can provide all the steam equipment or, if you already have an engine and/or boiler that is suitable, we'll be glad to use it. I can build you a ready-to-run boat or, if you're interested in doing this yourself, I will work with you to make sure you get the appropriate matching equipment for your boat so you will be successful the first time out.

Do you sell machined, ready-to-run engines?
We usually machine engines to order and occasionally have some in stock. Those we do have will be listed under Finished Engines.

What kind of documentation comes with your engine kits?
Our kits only come with blueprints. We don't currently provide exploded views of engine parts or narratives on how to build engines or boilers. We assume a certain level of knowledge of machining and of steam engine and/or boiler design and operation.

How much skill does it take to build your engines if I haven't done any machining before?
You need to be reasonably proficient at using a lathe and milling machine. We'll machine the more difficult parts for you if you like, for a small charge.

Can I buy engine castings individually, or do I need to buy the entire kit?
You can buy any individual castings you need. We try to keep everything in stock.

How long will it take to get my order?
We generally send out orders the same or the next business day after we receive your order. If you have given us your e-mail address, we'll notify you when your order is sent.

How are orders shipped?
We ship U.S. Postal Service when possible. Additional shipping and handling costs may apply if you want faster service or a special service. If you live in Canada, we prefer to use the U.S. postal service so that you can minimize customs fees on incoming packages. Orders weighing more than 150 lbs. will show no shipping charges, and we will call you to arrange shipping. You can also pick up orders at our address, of course. Or we will be glad to bring your order to a show or a steam meet we happen to be going to so you can save on shipping.

What payment types do you accept?
We accept Visa and MasterCard, checks (made out to "Tiny Power") and cash. We can't process American Express or Discover right now. Sorry.

I see that you accept credit cards via the website. Is this secure?
Yes, it is very secure. The payment portion of the ordering process is via a standard, secure internet process (SSL) on our web server. In addition, credit card numbers are altered to a different number before they are sent and then altered back to the original number upon receipt. This, in effect, double-encrypts the number.

Do you charge my card immediately when I order off your website?
No. We don't charge your credit card until your shipment is ready to mail.