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dave moore

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dave moore last won the day on June 20 2016

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About dave moore

  • Birthday 01/06/1949

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  • Location
    West Midlands
  • Interests
    boating history and heritage
    working boats and boaters
    traditional music
    real ale and red wine
    all in no particular order!
  • Occupation
    boat decorator/signwriter
  • Boat Name
    Was Resolute

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  1. Absolutely sound advice., I’d take it….
  2. They are water cans, not “ Buckbys . Only cans bought from Long Buckby should be so called, otherwise a Preston Brook can or a Wolverhampton can and so on.
  3. It may well sag…tipcat(s) and button a much better option.
  4. As staunch traditionalist, I far prefer to keep the cabin top free of everything but essential bits of kit. Bags of fuel, planters etc are a no no for me. As far as the coal bags are concerned, unless they have air space beneath , are a prime culprit for causing paint failure. I’ve seen it more than once. Just saying….
  5. Mike’s solution is known as the Top Hat, used by many top end builders. Norton Canes used such a traditional system, incorporating a spiral milled groove into the rudder stock with a grease nipple on top . Never had a problem in 20plus years. I’ve never understood the need for a bearing.!
  6. I knew this boat in the 60s, then owned by the wife of a friend. I completely agree with Sarah about getting the “ right “ owner, hopefully someone has already reserved her.
  7. I’ve just paid a visit to Bratch, ahead of the rally there this weekend. I was told that the Stourbridge 16 are now closed to deal with the growth of Azzolla weed. Awful stuff, like a green carpet around the Merry Hill moorings above Delph.
  8. The prop shaft on our J3 used to move 3/4” when going from forward to reverse. We had to experiment with sprockets to achieve an easy change, about 4 turns from ahead to astern.
  9. Our traditional chimney was made by Dave Parrot in stainless steel, double skinned, in 2000. It is still with the boat today.
  10. From what I understand, scumbling was developed, in Victorian times or possibly before, as a way of transforming cheaper timbers I to more expensive ones, in the days when lower orders sought to emulate their “ superiors”. Thus, pine could be painted to look like oak, mahogany or other expensive hardwoods. Most of the cabins from working days were softwood, painted to look rather more expensive, often oak, sometimes with added mahogany details, though the boat yard men who did this were not highly skilled grainers who produced top class work. One, Kershaw if memory serves, exhibited grained panels at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace. He had to demonstrate his skills, the public not believing that it wasn’t the real thing. I’ve never aspired to such heights, although there are still those today with similar skills. Google wood grainers to see more.
  11. Over the years I’ve grained many cabins, until some years ago using Ratcliffes light oak or maple scumble. This fell foul of the VOC regs and was discontinued. An alternative is to use Polyvine oil based scumble glaze, tinted with one of their stains. As far as the knotting rubber is concerned I can only counsel a plea to use one sparingly….I’ve seen many pieces of work where there are more knots than at a Boy Scout jamboree to imitate timber that no self respecting woodworker would use. The late Chris Lloyd, boatfitter,once described the effect in Waterways World as “ rifle targets holding hands”……
  12. Hi Glenn Send me a message and I’ll give you my number. I first met David in the early 80s and did signwriting and decorative work there for several years.Lots of tales to tell!
  13. Indeed. A real character of the cut. He gave sanctuary to a good friend of mine, fender maker Alf Langford after he fell on hard times in the 80s. Have you seen his adverts in old issues of WW? Classic!
  14. I remember it. David’s workforce were often laymen rather than specialists with the skills to produce an outstanding job. Coming in at the end of a build, I was aware of customer feedback, not all of which was as favourable as it might have been . RIP Boffy!!
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