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The Rig / Re: Bronze pulley block
January 15, 2019, 12:42:55 PM
 :D I'm impressed !  Post a Q one day and get a same day response.

Thanks Rick and Phil !

.... and yes it is the two sets of three on the roof front I'm replacing.
I just started loosening the nuts when I thought - the fixing is fairly solid so maybe the pins would drive out on the boat ... but only having done that job on mild steel I thought I'd ask the experts about how easy or otherwise bronze was to shift so thanks again both for your inputs.

And, Phil, if you find any spares you're happy to see getting used do let me know.

The Rig / Re: Bronze pulley block
January 14, 2019, 01:53:35 PM
Hi Phil (and anyone else who's replaced sheaves in the bronze block)
I'm about to change my sheaves and am wondering how much driving is needed to shift the pins. In particular is it ok to knock them out in situ on the boat or does the block need to be taken to my workbench ?
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Back winch
September 09, 2018, 02:16:05 AM
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Back winch
September 09, 2018, 02:05:26 AM
Mmmm ...  am doing something similar on mine but using the original trailer winch which could save others getting an extra winch.
I found a forward facing bracket in the middle of the axle with a rotating metal pin.  I tried taking the hook and webbing from the winch round the pin and back to the bow eye. That's been working for around four years now.

Problems found and solved to one degree or another :
1.  I had to find where to stop just before the balance point  else the boat's off with no restraint which is not  good on shallow incline as the stern can hit  the slipway under water before floating.  Solution - Stop just before balance point. Retrieve webbing and hook. spool in webbing and attach hook to bow eye with a small amount of slack. Lift bowsprit till boat rolls back a few inches and "hangs" on webbing(make sure the winch is locked !) . Control the decent of boat with winch break or winding handle. Sounds a hassle but is not too bad with practice.
2.  The webbing is inclined to wander slightly on the pin and sometimes folds a bit of the edge . This will produce wear over time but there's nothing significant after four years 30+ launches a year and is easy to watch.
3.  The hook marks the boat when pulling backwards. Solution - my hankie.
4.  I need to put wellies on when operating winch. Solution - put wellies on :).

Problem not solved :  Short boat on roller coaster trailer .. mostly will need to sink hubs. I know the bearings are sealed but I suspect the breaks will complain eventually especially in salt water.
I'm getting this vague recollection I've seen a video that addresses this. Praps I should have looked for that first  ::)
The Rig / Re: Bilge pltes
August 26, 2018, 01:20:24 AM
Hi Ericthelate
Did you get anywhere with your bilge plates ?
Mine stick sometimes but drop after a bit of sailing. I find they make quite a difference when close hauled.
If you've not yet done so .. put "bilge" into the search box on the forum you'll get quite a lot .
The Hull / Re: Long Wood
April 06, 2018, 04:24:32 PM
Thanks for info. Martin ...  maybe I'll make them a bit thinner for bending as they hardly get "used" as rubbing strakes so they're mostly cosmetic cover for hull to lid join.

A couple more "bits" out of the long story:  While searching "5.1m hardwood" I eventually rooted out 5.1m Balau decking fascia form Goole. Standard shipping cost made it a bit pricey for one item but I bit the bullet and ordered.  When it turned up it was in two pieces  >:( . Supplier agreed to exchange then said it's no longer stocked so will collect and refund(yet to happen).

Spurred on by getting so close I decide to spend one more day scouring "decking" as no wood yard  would supply 5.1m.  Eventually I hit the jackpot  ;D. Chiltern Timber could do me .... And they have it in stock ... I checked with a real person who looked  :) .  So guess what little detour I'm making on the way back from Oxford in a couple of weeks.
The Hull / Long Wood
April 05, 2018, 10:11:57 AM
A short bit from a long story goes :
I can't find anyone who can provide 5.05m of hardwood strip to replace my rubbing strakes. I've spent ages failing to persuade any woodyard to produce either two strips at 33x16mm section or one about 33x38mm for me to split. The originals are complete so I'm trying to avoid a scarf. I've been pretty open about which wood  .... "iroko or similar"  .. but still no joy.  :(

Ideas welcome   
Sailing / Winklebrig Race
April 06, 2017, 10:17:52 AM
I hear there's another WB (22) coming to live at Kielder Water but my winter fettling's been delayed so I might not be first on the water  >:(

Any more WB's interested in swelling the Kielder WB floatilla for shorter or longer periods let me know as there are a variety of ways of accessing the water for brief or extended stays.

Rick has kindly just added some pics of WB91  wandering around Kielder last year (first 7 and last 6 in the gallery)

Must go and do the last varnish coat then I can start putting the boat back together.
Miscellaneous / Re: 2(U)B or not 2(U)B ?
March 08, 2017, 06:25:43 PM
Thanks to Paul and Gwilym for extending my Winklebrigian education  :)

Paul, do you know of any websites that show the " style of East coast open fishing boat " you mentioned ?

Gwilym: I'm off to look for Mersea Island Winkle Brigs .. suggestions welcome.

Both + anyone else : Do we know if Winkle Brigs of yore had anything to do with winkles ?

Me: Were you sober when you titled this "2(U)B or not 2(U)B ?"  ?
Miscellaneous / Re: Coming along nicely
October 27, 2016, 12:45:04 AM
Mmmm ... looking very smart.
Maybe consider checking the coffee mug matches the livery well enough ?
Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
October 07, 2016, 02:07:29 AM
Quote from: Paul Thomas on October 03, 2016, 10:26:12 AM

  I gleaned this info online, but I don't know which issue of Watercraft it was published in or when. 

You lost me . What info ?
The Hull / Re: Bulwarks
October 07, 2016, 02:00:50 AM
Is Burgess Marine Wood Sealer anything like Danish oil which is v easy to apply and refresh ... produces semi gloss finish ?
Any pics of Burgess Marine Wood Sealer results?
The Hull / Re: Interior construction
September 14, 2016, 12:01:04 AM
Hurray! for the Winkle Brig forum and  Hurray! for Dave Cawston who spotted my mention to Gerold about a roller clip and contacted me to say he could post me one !  As he lives less than ten miles from me I collected the one I need and a bonus spare  ...  what a gentleman!
Hope to get the roller fixed and one or two days sailing this week :)
Thanks Dave !    ;D
The Hull / Re: Interior construction
September 12, 2016, 01:01:11 PM
Hi Gerlod
I've been away a bit and have only just got to your Sailing area link.It works ! Thanks. I'll explore that info a bit later as I need to organize a clip to fix a roller that's come adrift on my trailer  before I sail again this week (I hope).