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The Hull / Beaching legs?
October 03, 2016, 10:47:41 AM
Despite the claim in the sales blurb that the WB would dry out upright, this is clearly not the case as the keel is several inches deeper than the bilge boards.  Has anyone addressed this issue?  Has anyone fitted legs, and if so where and how?  Dinghy cruisers simply pop a fender under the bilges to keep their boats upright, but I'm not sure I could lift her up to do that.
Miscellaneous / Winkle Brig for sale!
July 01, 2015, 10:46:17 AM
Winkle Brig 48 Partan is for sale.  She has a blue hull, Mariner 4 engine and Rollercoaster trailer.  She is located in the South West.  Please pm me with your email or other contact details and I will send a full spec and photos.  Paul
Winkle Brigs are tough to separate from their owners and I have now decided to keep her for the time being.  Thanks for all the recent interest.  I live a long way from my preferred sailing areas, and should really exchange her for something I can keep on a mud berth and sail in the Bristol Channel, but I do like her.
The Engine / Spares and servicing for Mariner 4
May 20, 2014, 11:55:32 AM
From the forum it would seem that many owners have replaced the original engine.  Partan still has her original Mariner 4 (2 stroke) which is in very good condition, however, I would like to service the carburettor by replacing the gaskets.  The best quote I have obtained was £85!!! for a few flimsy bits of paper.  Given that this is one of the most mass produced engines of its type in the world I can't help thinking there should be a better deal than that somewhere.  I was bracing myself to pay a fiver for them.  Does anyone know who can supply these for a sensible price?  I will make them if I have to, but they are a bit fiddly.