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The Rig / Re: Rig Tension
« on: July 10, 2021, 06:57:37 AM »
Going back to the rig tension question, the "Old Gaffer" way of doing rigs is to make it look tight, but feel slack!

Miscellaneous / Winkle Brig Wanted
« on: March 09, 2021, 03:44:27 PM »
I am returning to UK sailing. My previous UK sailing was in the North Norfolk coast and Deben river. I want to get back to coasting and creek crawling. The Winkle Brig is my ideal choice for this. So if you are thinking of selling your boat and would like it to go to a home where it will be cherished please drop me a line.  tel 07929913766.

Miscellaneous / WB81 Bittern For Sale
« on: February 21, 2021, 07:16:25 PM »

The Hull / Re: Bulwarks
« on: February 06, 2021, 06:20:17 PM »
Hi Derek,
For what it's worth, I've never been in favour of using anything other than something easily removed for treating wood above the waterline - if it gets damaged could be fun and games to get it looking good again! How about good old Deks Olje?

Miscellaneous / Looking for a Mark 2 Winkle Brig
« on: November 25, 2020, 04:21:14 PM »
Hello I am looking for a mark 2 winkle brig if anyone is thinking of selling at some point, regards Robert Letts, Email:

Miscellaneous / WB46 Peggoty for sale at Derwentwater Marina
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:16:22 PM »

The Hull / Re: Bulwarks
« on: June 26, 2020, 09:03:32 AM »
Must admit I'm not a fan of any form of "hard" coating, particularly to any area that might get damaged - it makes it very difficult to repair. So personally I'd always use an oil type protection so that it just needs a quick lick rather than a scrape back and revarnish/epoxy.
Olio is always good!
However, having said that, if it's an area that's not seen - eg drop keels, epoxy sounds sensible!

The Rig / Re: Gaff and Boom Jaws - what wood?
« on: June 24, 2020, 06:44:03 AM »
I was posting the original question on behalf of a member, and I asked him about how the forestay broke - his reply was "The lacing gave way – our fault for not checking. We have sourced Columbian pine."

Personally I have never been too happy with the concept of using a lacing lanyard on something as vital as as a forestay - so if I'm in an area of not needing to drop the mast (somewhere like Poole harbour) I use a bottle screw (galvanised, not stainless), but if I'm on the Broads it's replaced by a block on the end of the sprit with a line leading from the forestay back to the cockpit, enabling lowering the mast whilst underway so as to shoot bridges. Works quite well, but be careful you know which rope does what!

Why a galvanised bottle screw? I never trust stainless, I've had them fracture on me (not on a Winklebrig, but on a much larger boat) - with galvanised I know where I am!

The Rig / Gaff and Boom Jaws - what wood?
« on: June 21, 2020, 05:21:54 PM »
Request from David Wood - Our fore stay parted and the mast fell down smashing the jaws of both gaff and boom which need to be replaced. What wood should we use and where can we source it. With thanks David

The Rig / Re: Bronze pulley block
« on: June 06, 2020, 02:31:35 PM »
I've usually found that the blocks line up reasonably if you use the central sheave for the tightest line - which is usually the main throat halliard and the jib halliard - depends exactly how you run the lines. That way the lines hold the blocks reasonably correct

Miscellaneous / Cockpit Cover
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:37:25 AM »
Could any body help me please with suggestions as to if or where I could get a off the shelf cockpit cover for Coomb?.It is needed quite urgently!.Many thanks John Green.

Miscellaneous / Re: Racing Handicap
« on: July 28, 2019, 09:23:51 AM »
Alternatively, would anyone like to measure their WB for the handicappers? I've attached the form pages in case someone would like to have a go.

Miscellaneous / Racing Handicap
« on: July 27, 2019, 07:58:01 AM »
Gilbert Hayward is organising a South West Gaffers rally on the River Dart on 10th August as part of 'Ditsum Regatta'. He has an annual gaffers race using the OGA T(H)CF handicap with 1 and possibly 2 Winkle Brigs entering. Does anyone know if any Winkle Brig has been measured for this handicap?

There seemed to be a problem with the "Captcha" code (the bit where you enter some characters to show you are human). I've temporarily removed the code so the Contact page should now work. If I get swamped by junk I'll find a way around the problem!
Regards to all and sorry for the confusion!

Forum Information / MOVED: Water below cabin floor
« on: June 25, 2019, 03:06:22 PM »
This topic has been moved to The Hull.

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