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Sailing / Impressions
« on: July 23, 2021, 11:07:22 AM »
Hi you,

some impressions of our journey at the Northsea.

Only one comment - great!

Kind regards


Sailing / Changes
« on: June 16, 2021, 08:22:09 AM »
Due to ideal wind and weather forecasts with 3-5 wind forces and a tide suitable for the entire voyage planning, we have changed the destination to the Weser estuary and the East Frisian Islands.

The way from the East of England to here is full of rewards - maybe we will meet!


The Rig / Re: Rig Tension
« on: June 08, 2021, 04:58:12 PM »
Hey John,

I can add the technical drawing of the plate if it is interesting. In my Company I have the Option for water jet cutting, in a second step we optimised the profile of the panel slightly on our milling machine to get a little more streamlining.
I will stop here because centreboards do not fit "Rigging"  8)


The Rig / Re: Rig Tension
« on: June 07, 2021, 11:51:12 AM »

I thought the design with double shrouds and forestay made sense for my WB too, but after consulting with a local boat builder I decided against this conversion. I trust the original design and make sure that the relevant materials are in good condition. Measures such as these or trim changes due to additional weight should always be evaluated in the context of the physics of the whole boat and the planned sailing activities. And I have great respect for the individual experiences and appreciate them very much!

The centreboards on my WB were also made of wood with steel, I have replaced them with centreboards made entirely of aluminium (seaworthy).  They should not be too heavy, as the anchoring in the hull must not be mechanically overloaded. And two small M6 screws per axle are definitely not very resilient.


The Rig / Re: Rig Tension
« on: May 20, 2021, 04:03:33 PM »
Hello Gubby,

I don't know of any specific instructions or measurements for the pretensioning of the forestay or shrouds of my Winklebrig.
If you take into account that the mast is on deck and that excessive pre-tensioning acts on the deck structure via the mast, it quickly becomes clear that high pre-tensioning is not sensible. In addition, it depends on the sail position which shroud supports the mast, the windward side is then tensioned accordingly and the leeward side is relieved. For this reason, too, excessive tensioning of the mast via the shrouds is not necessary.
Several factors play a role in the forestay: Do you tension the forestay via a tack or via a tensioner? What form of furling jib do you use? These factors influence the possible as well as the necessary pre-tensioning. I set the forestay over a block, so I don't get the high pretension that would be possible with careless handling of a tensioner, for example.
In the end, I worked my way towards the "right" pretension. And the gaff rigging is much more forgiving than a Bermuda rig.

Kind regards


Sailing / Re: The WB 120 on the Ijsselmeer
« on: May 06, 2021, 06:51:10 PM »

easily open your picture with PAINT (a part of Windows) and choose the scaling function, save the reduced diemension with a new name (otherwise you will overwrite the original one) - ready!

Kind regards


Sailing / Last weekend on Duemmer
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:46:23 PM »
Appetisers: Scrappy rain, some hail, 5 force winds, gusts and cold as arse - but nice to sail.

Sailing / Once again in 2021 - The WB 120 on the Ijsselmeer
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:32:42 PM »
Hello gaff sailors, :)

this is just a little hint, the WB 120 is back on the Ijsselmeer! In the week from 19th to 27th of June 2021 we will be sailing between Enkhuizen, Lemmer and Makkum. It would be nice to see the masthead of another Winklebrig too!

The one who squats at the tiller 8)

The Rig / New mast and gaff
« on: August 04, 2020, 12:46:36 PM »

These are the last conversions on my WB 120. The long awaited conversion from mast and gaff to wood has been successfully completed. For the VHF antenna we have found a smart solution. I think it has become beautiful. And both are lighter than the previous aluminium solutions.


Sailing / Discarded WB37 'Jenyatan' for sale
« on: August 04, 2020, 12:37:20 PM »
What a happy development and wise decision! ;D

Sailing / The WB 120 on the Ijsselmeer
« on: August 04, 2020, 09:41:38 AM »
From 11.08.-15.08.2020 we are back on the Ijsselmeer and the canals between Lemmer, Heeg, Makkum and Stavoren. Maybe other WB's will be there during this time and you can meet.
Callsign UKW DH6377 or a short info here in the forum!


Miscellaneous / Re: Another choice to become a Winklebrigger
« on: June 29, 2020, 02:15:12 PM »
Hello Ken,
yes, you are right - approved safety equipment at the Duemmer is a safety helmet instead of a buoyancy aid  ;D 8).

But to be honest, it is a very nice area, the depth is between 1,20 and 1,40 normally. With a Winkle Brig not a problem. Last year we have had low waterlevel because of the weather, between at least 0,4 to 0,6 m depth and problems with foul smelling algae.

Actual we enjoy a depth of app. 1,50 m with excellent water quality - very good!

For sailing trips of several days I prefer the Dutch Ijsselmeer, allways thinking to realize a Winkle Brig meeting in that region.

Kind regards


Miscellaneous / Another choice to become a Winklebrigger
« on: June 28, 2020, 11:30:46 AM »
Just seen this: Another WB is for sale, located in Leeuwarden/Netherlands:

It is not my one and I am not related to this. Only for information.

The Rig / Re: Gaff and Boom Jaws - what wood?
« on: June 23, 2020, 10:04:38 PM »

I have replaced my old rigg inclusive Mast, Boom and gaff. The complete old gaff with jaw, an Aluminium tube with wooden top and wooden jaw is available. I have to have a look for the boom jaw, if still in my workshop. If you are interested I could send you photos. If you are interested to these parts we will find a way for Transport.


BTW I have an high peak gaff. Additional a brass gaff saddle would be available, this one is new and for sale because not compatible to my Rigging.

Sailing / Re: A fantastic Easter weekend
« on: April 29, 2020, 05:54:17 PM »
Hello Chris,
I have just seen your wonderful pictures and the beautiful text, thank you very much, it makes you look forward to the coming season.

Kind regards


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