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Miscellaneous / A Winkle Brig for your wall!
« on: September 23, 2018, 11:12:58 AM »
For sale:- Winkle Brig oil on canvass painting (1500mmx900mm) by James Dodds

Miscellaneous / Re: 'Winkle'. For sale.
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:34:18 PM »
Thanks David.
'Fair winds and following seas' to you and all Winklebriggers.

Miscellaneous / Re: 'Winkle'. For sale.
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:48:35 AM »
'Winkle' has now been sold.
I will continue to take a keen interest in Winklebrigs and this website, allbeit as an ex-owner!
Many happy sailing days and kind regards to you all.

The Engine / Re: Electric outboards
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:21:58 AM »
That's a really useful posting David. Many thanks.

I purchased the Torqeedo a couple of years ago and have only used it as an auxilliary on a transom bracket (and on the Avon).

As I can't reach over and fit the battery to the unit safely, I bought a longer tiller connecting cable (a standard extra) and keep the battery in the rear locker. This means it is out of harm's way as it is quite an expensive and easily pinchable item. Also,  there are no problems with fitting the retaining pin.

One point to mention about the remote control unit. I bought one originally, but found it was very susceptable to sun damage and mine packed up within quite a short period of time. I recommend that if you buy one, you try and site it somewhere in the shade and put a cover on it when not in use.

The Rig / Re: Bobstay
« on: April 12, 2018, 09:21:10 AM »
Hi Matthew.

I think the chain was 6mm. To tension, I use a block and tackle arrangement wherby the chain can be slackened off from the foredeck if necessary (having first taken the strain off the forestay). I have very rarely needed to do this, but it allows me to retract the bowsprit if required.

To prevent the chain snagging on mooring lines when using a swinging mooring in tidal conditions, I use a primary line attached directly to the bow eye (almost at water level).

I know you shouldn't fit a stainless shackle with a galvanised chain, but in my Winkle Brig situation where the boat is kept on the trailer between outings it hasn't been a problem for me as the chain is not subjected to continuous salt water contact so galvanic action is minimal (and can be checked annually).  I find galvanised shackles to be much more problematical.

The Rig / Re: Bobstay
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:20:04 PM »
Hi Matthew.
Yes, I have used a galvanised chain for many years, (I wouldn't bother with stainless). In my view, a much better solution than wire as you can determine its condition visually much more easily. Wire, stainless in particular can give way without any visual warning and is nasty to handle when it gets damaged. Chain is also much more resilliant when (not if!) you get snarled up  on a mooring!

The Hull / Re: Long Wood
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:28:53 PM »
I had the same problem Ken a few years ago and ended up with a scarf. This is not the end of the world, as I found the bending on of the timber quite a struggle (without steaming), and doing it in two halves made the operation a bit more manageable. The scarfs haven't opened up after several years of sailing.
Good luck!

Miscellaneous / Re: The Winklebrig Book
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:40:55 PM »
That's great Barend. Many thanks.
How about the rest of you ?!

Miscellaneous / The Winklebrig Book
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:38:42 AM »
I am currently thinking of updating and revising 'The Winklebrig Book' and would like to add a bigger section  on cruising grounds. I will be giving some information on my knowledge of the UK's south east coast (Ipswich-Southwold), the Norfolk Borads, and the festivals at Venice, Morbihan, Brest and Douarnanez, but it would be really good to include some of your favourite haunts. As well as the sailing attractions, I will be incorporating things like where to launch, where to park, where to anchor, good pubs and anything else of peripheral interest (eg places to visit nearby).

If any of you would like to make a contribution to the book, if you post your pieces in the sailing section of the website I will pick them up there. I would love to hear about  David Cawston's visits to Ireland and his canal voyages. It would be great to hear from our Dutch friends about sailing in Holland. The UK's south coast and Scotland would also be fascinating.

Look forward to reading your postings if you are interested.

Miscellaneous / Re: WB61 Martha for sale
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:42:57 PM »
.........But the good news is that 'Winkle' is still available and the price has been reduced to  7,000.00!!
This includes a substantially uprated 2005 Roller Coaster 7 Trailer and a lot of extras.

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Breakback Trailer
« on: September 28, 2017, 08:54:27 AM »
Very neat David, and most unfairly, you are looking younger than ever!
Any chance of some other photos, descriptions of your Irish trip? I am sure others (like me) will be keen to hear all about it.

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Lessons from my first tow
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:07:13 PM »
Just a small point Ross. It would be better to lash the bow eyebolt vertically down to the trailer to prevent the boat 'jumping' as you drive over bumps.
To stop the boat sliding backwards (if the winch fails), I use the boat's painter attached to the cleat on the foredeck through the fairleads and around the winch post. In this way you have belt and braces if the eyebolt fails.

Sailing / Re: Wind strength and comfort
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:33:43 AM »
Good to hear you are having a good season Gerold.
For sea sailing I found the bulward was a little low and had a stainless steel rail made. Quite expensive and not for everyone I know, but it does the trick and has kept me safe in some quite big seas here on the North Sea coast. (You can see the rail on some of the pictures on the web  site.)

Miscellaneous / Re: The Broads advice needed
« on: July 14, 2017, 05:12:02 PM »
Hi Matthew and welcome!
If you go to the 'sailing' section of the website there is thread under 'Norfolk Broads' heading, and much of the information  still holds good I think.
There is good beer at most places (Woodbastwick micro brewery - Northern Broads- in particular) but food is pretty average everywhere I am afraid once you have tired of chicken and chips, burger and chips, and fish and chips! However, there is one exception and that is the Dukes Head Pub at Somerleyton which has excellent food.
Have a great trip.

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Support for mast whilst towing
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:17:17 AM »
I agree. I am sure you will be fine, Ross. The only advice I would give regarding an unknown trailer is to check the brakes and bearings as you won't know how much salt water they have been subjected to.

I towed with my original trailer for several years. However tempting (in terms of spreading the cost), I wouldn't go down the route of uprating all the components of the original trailer piecemeal as you will spend a few bob and still end up with an 1100kg trailer. Some years ago, when I realised that my boat was weighing far more than the original owing to numerous additions and live aboard 'stuff', I bit the bullet and traded in the old trailer with Indespension for a new Roller Coaster 7. I have never regretted it, but I suppose it depends how many miles on the road you intend to cover. I have done a few!


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