I know this is a bit late in the day but thought I would contribute incase it is useful to someone.
Years ago when we bought our first small yacht she was in a bit of a mess. Her teak rubbing strake had been varnished and was badly peeling. We scraped back to bare wood then used Burgess Marine Wood Sealer., a simple application with a paint brush This looked good and lasted a couple of years then after a quick rub down with fine sandpaper another coat or two was applied. This product is still available and assuming it is the same formula is a product to be recommended
I really like the looks of the Winklebrig. She is such a pretty boat and with her twin lifting keels very practical also as they don't clutter the cabin with keel boxes etc. However, I have one or two three concerns and queries one of which concerns the keels.
Where I live we are all built around a courtyard so keeping any boat at home is not an option. Does anyone have experience of keeping a Winklebrig afloat, either on a mooring or in a marina. Do the lifting keels create problems with fouling etc when afloat all season or do they remain fairly clear and easy to swing up and down.
What are the sailing qualities like. From the waterline length she should have a hull speed of about 5.2knts which seems quite good. How does she point up into the wind. I accept she will not win a round the buoys race but that is not what I want. I am hoping she is a satisfying boat to sail and not something that will frustrate me.
Is it possible to retract or lift the bowsprit to reduce berthing costs. If so how is the mast supported from the bow. Do the shrouds support the mast without any additional stays being necessary.
I am hoping that the above questions will be able to be answered to confirm that not only is the Winklebrig a very pretty boat but one that I would enjoy the ownership of.
Thank you in anticipation of any replies to my queries.
Hi As a new forum member please be patient with me as I am sure I will have many questions. My first one is 'what is the maximum width when the boat is on its trailer'? I have a very limited width available to allow storage of a Winklebrig at home (I don't own one yet) and am wondering what the maximum width is when on the standard trailer. I am also guessing that the total length inc tow hitch would be about 20 to 21 feet. Perhaps someone could confirm this also. Many thanks Dave