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Miscellaneous / Re: WB61 Martha for sale
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:38:50 PM »
Joe tells me that Martha is now sold.

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:54:03 PM »
Hi Ross - personally I wouldn't try shooting Potter Heigham bridge until you are absolutely certain you can do it! It's probably the worst bridge on the Broads.  :o

Acle bridge is probably the most straightforward - at least you can see a reasonable distance through the bridge  to see what's coming at you!  8)

Best of luck

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:15:14 PM »
Hi Ross - I extended the forestay with some rope, lead it through a block at the end of the bowsprit and back to the cockpit. Then to raise the mast just push the middle of the mast up with one hand, pull the forestay rope with the other hand and up it goes, then cleat off when upright. Vice versa to lower. Can be done underway on a river to shoot bridges etc, and if at sea for extra security can use a bowsprit bottle screw in addition.
To avoid a rats nest of halliards etc I use quick release bungees as ties around the mast, I also use lazy jacks as I'm often single-handing.

Sailing / Re: Wind strength and comfort
« on: April 23, 2017, 02:58:49 PM »
The only answer is whatever you feel happy with! The wind strength alone is not the only factor - wave height is more important, flat water with high wind can be marvellous, but rough water with little wind is awful!

The other thing is that the stresses on the boat and rigging is dramatically increased, so beware chafe and any weaknesses - breakages can be dramatic and expensive.

So I suggest you just start safe and gradually work up to where you feel unsure. Also try sailing with someone else in a larger boat to get experience of heavier weather.

Miscellaneous / The Website
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:27:53 AM »
Please note that the main website ( has been updated to allow easier access by tablet/phone etc.
All the data should be as before (except for the usual updates), and hopefully everything should be straightforward.
However, as ever, if you notice any errors, omissions or you'd like to see anything else, do please let me know.
Thanks, and good sailing for 2017

(Web Admin)

Miscellaneous / Re: Winkle Brig for sale
« on: December 27, 2015, 06:42:06 PM »
Excellent advert - well worth anyone keeping a copy in case they want to sell theirs!

Miscellaneous / Re: New WB owner
« on: July 27, 2015, 11:40:04 PM »
Hello and welcome Gerold - any photos of Vrouw Kirsten - particularly of any rebuild will be good for other owners.


Miscellaneous / WB 114 for sale
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:47:24 PM »
Constantine Falkovich (one of the site visitors from Belarus) reports that he has found adverts for Winkle Brig 114 for sale in Holland.

For details see

For non-Dutch speakers, Google translate works well!

Miscellaneous / Re: WB58 For Sale
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:10:26 AM »
Now been sold.

Miscellaneous / WB58 For Sale
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:09:22 AM »
Our much cared-for Winkle Brig Skylark is up for sale. Lovely condition. Complete with 4hp Mariner engine and well maintained Roller Coaster 3 trailer. Includes mooring cover and many extras.

Ready to sail and available immediately. 6500. For further details and photographs please call Dr Tim on: 07980360578 (Norfolk).

Also see photos on main web site.

Miscellaneous / Happy New Year from Eric
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:24:37 AM »
Email received from Eric:

to all you WB owners Happy New Year & safe sailing  in 2015

Miscellaneous / Is it a Winkle Brig???
« on: August 26, 2014, 03:49:22 PM »
One of our readers found this advert - is it a Winkle Brig hull?? It looks like it could be, but does anyone know?

The Hull / Re: Rudder bearings
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:06:17 PM »
Hi Paul - I'm fairly sure it's just a simple nut on the bolt, it's just a bit awkward to get to. Anything other than a nut wouldn't spin so easily. As to what size spanner to use - anyone's guess! Have you tried looking via a mirror and torch?

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Hand Brake Replacement
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:51:24 PM »
Hi Clint,

I'd be tempted to give it some gentle persuasion with a large hammer, the pawl should engage fully in the teeth - I'd still suspect a bit of corrosion - if the brake is fully "off" then the pawl is held up a bit, and it may have set in this position. Certainly worth trying before shelling out!


Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Hand Brake Replacement
« on: May 30, 2014, 08:13:25 AM »
Hi Clint - I see you have the normal trailer brake problems! Unfortunately salt water and trailers really don't go together too well, and probably the weakest point is the brakes.

Usually if the handbrake ratchet doesn't work it's because the push-button rod going down inside the handle has rusted in and stuck in the release position. If you're lucky you can free it off by plentiful oil, working it up and down, wire brushing and patience. Alternatively, replace it! The eBay link looks ok to me, but 70-odd quid!

Also with trailer brakes, it's usually wise to start at the wheels and work your way forward rather than the other way round, otherwise you end up having to re-adjust everything afterwards.

Best of luck, Rick.

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