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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. The gaps between VNC crashes are getting shorter each time, only three weeks since the last time it was fixed. Good job I don't find very much of interest on the forum these days.
  2. Phil's castles are usually a lot more detailed and colourful but he has been known to copy other decorators work on occasions. Here is one of Phil's typical castles:- And this is one he did copying Frank Nurser's work, similar to, but not the same as yours.
  3. Who painted your Cabin Block Rob? The castle looks very much like those painted by Frank Nurser.
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  5. You aren't shown on the Members map, presumably because you have not given a location, but you are on the "members" list
  6. I don't recall ever running the engine on Helvetia at full revs, not even going upstream on the Thames when there was a swell on. We didn't have anything special for power, just a BMC 1.5 with a PRM 2:1 reduction box, but the shaft was about 17" below the waterline, which along with 15ft swims, gave the 17" prop a good grip on the water.
  7. The BCN was certainly like that, where you had to get a key from the lock keeper to open the bridge doors to get off the towpath, but I don't remember London being quite so inaccessible.
  8. I certainly remember it as being quieter in the sixties but "nice" isn't a description that immediatly sprung to mind about the surroundings. Paddington Arm in 1968 :-
  9. I knew John in the 1960's when he was a lad on the piling boats Aynho and Ayr with his mom Dolly, Billy Brown, and about 12 siblings. I met him again in the 1990's at Cowley when he was working on a BW maintenance gang. Apparemntly he was known on the GU as "Knuckles" Based upon his enthusiasm for impromptu boxing. Ruislip is a lovely tug, I used to pass it regularly when I was moored a Birdingbury, does Rex Wain still own it?
  10. I assume that you are being ironic. Although it will not normally apply to the towpath, Common Law does actually determine priority on shared public routes and single track lanes, which is based upon changing modes of transport over the centuries. The priorities are :- 1st people on foot, 2nd Horses, 3rd Bicycles, 4th motorised vehicles although motorized wheelchairs are normally considered to be in the "people on foot" catagory. Somewhere I still have my old British Waterways Towpath Cycle Licence, and I seem to recall that amongst the conditions, it required a cyclist to give an audible warning of approach to walkers, and to give walkers priority where there is insufficient space to pass easily.
  11. I remember a much younger Hugh McKnight in the mid 1960's. He was photographing boats in those days and on occasions sat on the bank below Uxbridge lock opposite our mooring, I was there when he took this one of Roger and Raymond. The tall gate to the right of the bridge was the entrance to our mooring which was on the outside of the old FMC yard.
  12. I used to live in the High Peak District of Derbyshire, which officially is, as you say, in the East Midlands, but being less than fifteen miles from the Yorkshire border, it certainly felt (and sounded) like we were in the North.
  13. First of all, many marinas will allow you, or an external tradesman, to work on your boat without their approval. I have never moored anywhere that did not allow it, so it is worth checking your contract with them. Secondly you might try contacting Mike Bryant, who used to be a regular on here, his main business is with heating boilers but he spends most of his time living on one of his boats so will certainly understand their vagaries. he is worth contacting, his base is in Berkshire , but he does travel quite widely. He has a website here:- https://www.miketheboilerman.com/
  14. On the BMC 1.5 you can use the cab heater connections, which is what most people seem to use, we connected both our calotifier and radiators to the cab heater connections and the water flow was fine. The subject was covered some years ago for the BMC 1.8 which is very similar.
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