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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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    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. I had one once, luckily only a couple of hundred yards from the boatyard mooring. We craned the stern out of the water by the slipway and I set to work with bolt crops. 20 mins later and it was gone, I fear you may not be so lucky. Might Wyvern Shipping be able to help? Just a thought.
  2. I agree. It’s not about rushing, rather working efficiently and making decent progress. Many of the old timers, myself included, prefer to boat in this way while still observing old time courtesies which seem to be sadly lacking today.
  3. I can’t help but you may not know that Laurence died several years ago now, hence the website vacancy.
  4. My first hire boat experience was with Graham Palmer and his friend Howard, he hired one of the wooden fleet from Ernie Thomas at Calf Heath, an ex working boat hull with a square stern. Soon after I spent a few weeks with Lady Helen, a Gas St based hire boat, skippering it for a film crew. They were making a film about our canals, the trip was from Stoke Bruerne to the Anderton Lift. I never saw the finished film, if ever it saw the light of day. That was 1967.
  5. You may find that engineering or blue bricks have been used for ballast, they are superior to normal brick in that they are impervious to water, an advantage in a bilge.
  6. I’m afraid that these are the new normal for many. I’ve seen a good few in use by volunteer lock keepers. What can be done, I don’t know….
  7. As has been said, pictures are needed. The whole windlass thing has been on my mind for some time, there seems to be a dearth of anything decent available these days. Admittedly, I’m a dyed in the wool traditionalist with a few proper taper headed ones, mostly acquired years ago, a couple of historics more years than I care to remember. A while back, a Facebook post and photo showed wear to the corners of a paddle spindle, the poster laying the blame on the modern parallel plate things with laser cut holes. These only give minimal contact with the spindle and I think would easily slip. Curious, I looked online and found only those and some aluminium headed ones available from chandleries. The aluminium headed one seemed to have a couple of holes without a taper, again making for a poor fit. Both types seem to be in common use by boaters and volunteers alike. The exception if you can source one are the Dunton windlass, a very different kettle of fish. I find it disheartening in this day and age that this situation persists, an idea shared by my fellow old timers. I suspect that the cost of a decent forged or cast windlass with a proper tapered shank and handle set at less than 90 degrees would put many boaters off buying one. A shame. What think you?
  8. I remember it well. Who forgot to close the injector drains? I fitted an hour meter to ours to help tell running hours for an oil change. I’ve heard good things about Tom.
  9. If it’s only 300 hours since the rebuild, I wouldn’t have thought too much would need doing if it runs sweet and clean. Good luck with it. Lovely motors!
  10. I’ve been to Worcester today, with time to spare I went to Diglis Basin for a look around. A depressing mix of CRT restrictive signage along the approach to the first of the two locks to the river, some awful fat boats designed by those with little, if any, boating experience. A couple of boats lifted my spirits, the Pollock tug Swallow and Roger Hatchard’s lovely “ Lead Us”, a Northwich inspired short narrow boat. Boatless for the last 5 years, I’m not altogether sorry.
  11. I know. I helped you down Delph this morning. I would hope that most readers have a decent knowledge of what is where, Brum is some way away down the main line for me. I know the extension well, close to home.
  12. As a local, I think that Gosty is the dialect pronunciation of Gorsty. Gorsty Hill Road which runs from Blackheath towards Coombeswood and Hawne Basin, is spelt with the R.
  13. If that is your boat I saw yesterday moored above the Merry Hill Centre on the Dudley canal, you are not in Birmingham. This is the Black Country for sure!
  14. When we adopted our cat from Cats Protection we were advised to keep her indoors for at least a month. I sealed the existing cat flap with mount card and gaffer tape. A couple of weeks later she landed on our bed cold and damp. I went downstairs to discover the card hanging by a thread, she had worked out the barrier and clawed the tape away! Perhaps we’ve been lucky but in more than 5 years we have only had 2 birds taken. We keep feeders next to our patio, quite often the birds feed with the cat close by, unconcerned, on the furniture.
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