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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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    Formerly Helvetia, Sadly now with new owners

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  2. An old Masthead light is unlikely to be of much assistance with navigation at night, their main purpose was for other ships to see them. If you want a useable parffin lanp, may I suggest a Tilley Search light , we had one on Pisces and it enabled us to navigate at night. They come up on ebay from time to time but are not cheap.
  3. One thing that hs occured to me, a 1005 alternator belt is quite short for a BMC1.5, unless you have misquoted the size in your original post. A larger crankshaft pulley wheel would increase the revs of the alternater at a slower engine speed. (or a smaller alternator pulley - not illusrated) Does yours look this size ?
  4. Have you always had a 70amp alternator, or is it a recent more powerful replacement? I replaced the original 35 amp alternator on Helvetiia with a bigger 70 amp one, still using the original 10 x 1050 belt, and experienced a lot of squealing under load. After tolerating it for a while, I arranged for Jonathon Hewitt at UCC to open out the crankshaft pulley V groove, fit a wider alternator pulley, and fit a 13.5 x 1050 belt - problem solved.
  5. In the twenty years that we had Helvetia, I can recall very few occasions where we had anything serious caught on the prop, and I always assumed that it was probably because there was something like seven inches between the edges of the prop blades and the Uxter plate. Most modern boats only draw a few more inches than the diameterof their prop, consequently there is only a small gap for debris to pass through. Sometimes we would pick up a sizeable log, only for it to bump the uxter plate several times before it floated off behind us, if the gap had only been a couple of inches it would have probably jammed.
  6. It is quite hard work to use, probably owing to the six blade cutter rather than the more conventional four blade machines. The JP Maxees was introduced in 1938 and continued in production until the late 1960's, they are brilliantly engineered and were probably the most expensive manual push mower ever made. I have had my mine for more than thirty years, it was made in the 1940's.
  7. I have been using a low carbon emission Lawnmower for years.I used it today, and it gives me exercise as well :- People (especially children) regularly stop and watch my "Amazing Machine" so much that I am considering charging for people to watch me cut the lawn!!
  8. I agree. PRM stands for Percy Riley Motors set up by Percy Riley, unsung engineering genius behind the design and manufacture of Riley cars from 1913 until his untimely death in 1941.
  9. The PRM 260D on Helvetia was strippeed and inspected when we had the engine re-built at 23,000 hours. The engineer could not find anything that needed replacement, so apart from new gaskets and oil seals it was simply re built. Prior to the rebuild I spoke to PRM who assured me that with the set up and boat I had, the gearbox would outlast me (even if I was only 21)
  10. Very good, I actually remember them filming that scene at the entrance of the Slough Arm on the GU in the 1960's.
  11. What a surprise, a response to a post by John Orentas, one time forum moderator, and prolific poster who suddenly ceased posting nearly ten years ago. He once accused me of being able to start a fight in an empty room, which was a bit rich from one of the most challenging posters on the forum at the time. Nevertheless we actually got on well and met up a couple of times in Bugsworth Basin in 2006. I had imagined him to be tall and rather an academic type, but he was not a bit how I imagined him, more like Fred Dibnah, complete with the strong Lancashire accent. He sold his boat some years later and then suddenly stopped posting, I wrote to him but never received a reply, and often wondered what happened to him.
  12. I had a similar experience some years ago in Braunston. Travelling at a gentle pace past the Toll House towards the lock, a small cruiser launched itself out of the marina entrance less tha an hundred feet in front of me. With boats moored along the towpath, I had nowhere to go, other than straight into the cruiser. My immediate reaction was to yell (and I have loud voice!) "get that XXXX plastic and plywood out of the way". Whether he heard me or suddenly saw me, I do not know, but he franticly reversed back in to the marina entrance, missing our bow by only a few feet. I did not engage in conversation with him as we passed.
  13. About 8 1/4 pints about 4.7 litres, assuming it jqas a standard sup, and not a deeper one, as fitted to some engines designed for non vehicle use. A word of warning - do not try and run the engine without a dipstick in it, oil will spit out everywhere, don't ask hopw i know!! Edit: Alan de E beat me to it
  14. From your initial description of the noise it sounded very much like a disintegtrating drive plate. Left uninterupted they can carry on for quite a long time - mine lasted for a couple of years, but it fell apart when removed! However, as you have removed it, it may not survive being re-installed for long.
  15. I bought one of their cans from them in the 1960's, I seem to remember them being a short walk from Farmer's Bridge locks. I cannot recall exactly how much it was, but I am sure it was no more than a couple of pounds.
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