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Miscellaneous / Re: Buying advice please
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:25:28 PM »
Congratulations on becomming a Winklebrigger. I wish you 'fair winds and following seas'.
Many thanks for buying the book and for your kind remarks. The book is a bit amateur and subjective, but I hope there isn't too much which is contraversial or wrong! If in doubt, check on this excellent forum - there is a wealth of experience and generosity here.

Miscellaneous / Re: Buying advice please
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:55:34 PM »
Hi John.

I haven't looked at the two boats in detail, but in general my advice for a boat being sold for less than 5,000 would be as follows:-

1. Have a good look at the engine and trailer. A new trailer and engine would cost about 4,000, so that dwarfs the value of the boat. Don't forget to look at the tyres. If you need three new ones straight away it would be annoying.
2. Personally I think a 2hp engine is  too small - But it really depends where you are going to sail.
3. For boats of this age the fibreglass colour is likely to be getting cloudy. A professional hull respray will be  expensive so go for the one with the shiniest hull - It will last you longer.
4. Although the fibreglass can easily be repaired/strengthened, look for stress cracks. Around the base of the mast. Rear cockpit lockers. Sagging cockpit seats.
5. Original sails are likely to be quite misshapen by now. Have a good look at them. These are relatively expensive items to replace, but sailing with baggy sails is quite depressing!
6. I wasn't able to check the rig on the two alternatives, but be aware that some have a high peek gaff and some have a topsail. Both have their merits but be aware of what you are buying.

I am sure there is much more than this to look for and others will be able to add to my list.

Good luck. You won't regret being a Winklebrigger.


The Rig / Re: Wanted : Shroud chainplates
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:31:07 AM »
Personally, I would place the second plates sightly aft of the mast rather than exactly in line with it. In this way you get the added advantage of fore and aft mast support if you were to lose the other shroud on that side. Particularly important in heavy weather when you are running with foresail(s) only.   

The Rig / Re: Wanted : Shroud chainplates
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:14:02 PM »
The ones I fitted for 'Winkle' were stainless steel from a local fabricator. Quick and easy and not expensive.

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.

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