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David Schweizer

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David Schweizer last won the day on August 15 2016

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About David Schweizer

  • Birthday 09/29/1946

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    Bradford on Avon
  • Interests
    General Joinery, Cabinet Work, and Restoring Antique Furniture.
    Collecting and researching the history. of old Woodworking Tools,
    Agricultural, Social, and Industrial History. Model Railways.
    Canal History
    Genealogical Research.

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  • Boat Name
    Formerly Helvetia, Sadly now with new owners

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  1. Photos would be of assistance. The description "Captain's Chair" seems to have migrated these days to describe generically any upholstered or un upholstered bowl backed chair with arms, whereas traditionally a Captains Chair was unupholstered and made of beech and elm, very similar to a Smoker's Bowl on a swivel base. and used to command good prices as did Smoker's Bowls.
  2. I suppose it depends on what you mean by "modern" it certainly wasn't commonplace when I started in the 1960's, and even 20 years ago it was a rare incident, but over the last ten years or so it seemed to become far more prevalent, rather in line with the "Me First" attitude practiced by more and more peoplethese days. It is one of (but not the only) reasons why we decided to call it a day and sell the boat.
  3. I may be wrong, but what I think the OP is saying is that in order to get to the weedhatch, he needs to crawl through the engine bay, wheras most boats have an access door in the rear deck which would enable him to get down into the space over the weed hatch. Fitting one, with the appropriate drainage chanels etc would make life much easier, but I do not think it would be a good idea to extend the weedhatch up to deck level for the reasons already covered by others.
  4. The first one under one of the bridges near Salford Junction. The second one on the off side immediately below Uxbridge lock
  5. To be Honest, I cannot see anything in that picture that resembles the "fake funnel" we had on Pisces, which it aquired when operating as a trip boat. They were installed to contain the gas cylinder, apparently because the BW person in charge of Trip Boats believed it was unsafe to have gas inside the boat.
  6. Or Tim across the canal at Union Canal Carriers.
  7. We had a pair of traction Batteries in Helvetia, the first lot lasted more than 13 years, and the second lot were about 9 years old, and still holding their charge, when we sold the boat. What I have never understood is balancing, and as far as I know we never did it. However, I did always make sure that they were fully charged before we left the boat, even for a short period of a few days, and that regime does not appear to have done them any harm. perhaps i was looking after them correctly without knowing it!
  8. Of course they do , as you well know. As indicated to LadyG, this is a Canal Forum and the maximuim length on most canals is 72ft. As it happens my licence entitled me to captain any passenger carrying boat much larger than the one we were operating.
  9. What has that got to do with canals, or any non tidal rivers?
  10. Launching the Ground tackle suggests throwing it in, but when i did my Boatmaster Licence training, we were taught never to throw an anchor, but to lower it into thre water with the chain and rope neathly piled on the deck so that it will not foul on ther boat, or worse your feet/legs as it goes in, and being a 72 ft passenger boat we had a big anchor.
  11. The converse used to happen on our Mooring on the Northern GU at Napton Junction. We never ran the engine in gear whilst moored, but even after a few weeks not mooving we had to plough our way off the mooring over a ridge of silt thrown up by boats passing us too quickly, and if we were away for four or six weeks, the ridge spread across our mooring, requiring us to plough oy way back into the bank. I should point out that we also had a deep drafted boat but once in the channel, there was plenty of depth for two deep boats to pass without any grounding.
  12. Mike has about a two hour journey to his boat, I think we would prefer him to concentrate on driving rather than posting on his computer.
  13. Apparently the Chineses love oak furniture and flooring, but a few years ago, their Goverment placed a ban the commercial harvesting of timber, which has meant they have to source it from elsewhere, and France has been willing to sell it to them.
  14. Not as startling as you might imagine, the French forest owners have been selling most of their raw Oak lumber to China for years, to the extent that the supply is now becoming depleted. Perhaps they now wish they had imposed the same ban they put on French farmers more than 200 years ago forbiddingh them from selling their Walnut trees to English Furniture makers. The lack of nationally available raw materials also puts an interesting perspective on Macron's opportunist statement that the Cathederal will be completely restored within five years.
  15. I was not commenting upon the durability of the spire, but that it was only 170 years old and not Medieval, as some reporters have suggested. Mind you much of the BBC reporting about the age of the Cathedral is also misleading, with statements like "built in the 11th Century", That is not my understanding, as far as I am aware, it was started in the mid 12th century and not really completed until the mid 13th Century, with a significant amount of later additions and alterations, much of which took place in the 19th Century.
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