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The Rig / New mast and gaff
August 04, 2020, 12:46:36 PM

These are the last conversions on my WB 120. The long awaited conversion from mast and gaff to wood has been successfully completed. For the VHF antenna we have found a smart solution. I think it has become beautiful. And both are lighter than the previous aluminium solutions.

Sailing / Discarded WB37 'Jenyatan' for sale
August 04, 2020, 12:37:20 PM
What a happy development and wise decision! ;D
Sailing / The WB 120 on the Ijsselmeer
August 04, 2020, 09:41:38 AM
From 11.08.-15.08.2020 we are back on the Ijsselmeer and the canals between Lemmer, Heeg, Makkum and Stavoren. Maybe other WB's will be there during this time and you can meet.
Callsign UKW DH6377 or a short info here in the forum!

Hello Ken,
yes, you are right - approved safety equipment at the Duemmer is a safety helmet instead of a buoyancy aid  ;D 8).

But to be honest, it is a very nice area, the depth is between 1,20 and 1,40 normally. With a Winkle Brig not a problem. Last year we have had low waterlevel because of the weather, between at least 0,4 to 0,6 m depth and problems with foul smelling algae.

Actual we enjoy a depth of app. 1,50 m with excellent water quality - very good!

For sailing trips of several days I prefer the Dutch Ijsselmeer, allways thinking to realize a Winkle Brig meeting in that region.

Kind regards

Just seen this: Another WB is for sale, located in Leeuwarden/Netherlands:

It is not my one and I am not related to this. Only for information.
The Rig / Re: Gaff and Boom Jaws - what wood?
June 23, 2020, 10:04:38 PM

I have replaced my old rigg inclusive Mast, Boom and gaff. The complete old gaff with jaw, an Aluminium tube with wooden top and wooden jaw is available. I have to have a look for the boom jaw, if still in my workshop. If you are interested I could send you photos. If you are interested to these parts we will find a way for Transport.


BTW I have an high peak gaff. Additional a brass gaff saddle would be available, this one is new and for sale because not compatible to my Rigging.
Sailing / Re: A fantastic Easter weekend
April 29, 2020, 05:54:17 PM
Hello Chris,
I have just seen your wonderful pictures and the beautiful text, thank you very much, it makes you look forward to the coming season.

Kind regards

Repair Yards / Boatyard Schlick - Lembruch/Germany
April 29, 2020, 04:36:42 PM
Hello, Winkle-Brigger,

I know that most of the boats are in Great Britain but as a hint for the boats based in Holland and Germany here is the link to my favourite boat builder. Jens Schlick is a qualified boat builder and has a special knack for the needs of sailing boats, made of wood or GRP. He works very precisely and attaches great importance to a perfect end result.

Jens did the following work on my WB 120:

- Making a new oak bulwark.
- Manufacture of oak seat coverings
- Making a new tree from oak
- Manufacturing of mast and gaff from Spruce
- Making a new tiller from oak

In autumn 2020 we will jointly sand down the entire underwater hull at his small shipyard and build a completely new paint structure.

In addition to boat building, the Schlick family offers moorings for boats on the Dümmer, (including crane facilities), sailing boat rentals, very nice holiday apartments and gastronomy.

Hello Tim,

This is a nice idea, which I would like to join with my WB 120. At the moment it might be a little inconvenient as "Corona" probably doesn't allow meetings. But I think that such a meeting has to be prepared for a long time anyway.

Maybe we should plan such a meeting for 2021. In my opinion, the Ijsselmeer (Netherlands), for example, the area between Makkum, Hindeloopen and Lemmer with its inner canals and large lakes would be a particularly suitable area.

For example, in Koudum there is a spacious harbour, which allows trips on the Ijsselmeer or on De Fluezen and has a very good infrastructure. One could also organize a round trip over several days.

I am curious to see the reactions of the Winklebrig´ers!

I would like to participate in an organizing committee.

Dear greeting

Miscellaneous / Re: Dutch Winklebrig for sale
July 04, 2019, 09:46:02 PM
Hello Thea,

I have paid 9.000 € for my WB 120 including the trailer and some additional goodies. Starting renovation I had to state a lot of things to do, including some very expensive ones, at least it may have been cheaper to buy another boat, but the Winkle Brig is a very special one. As I see, comparing to other boats, app. 6000 Euro should be more than enough for a Winkle Brig in good state. Really.

The Hull / Ready for season
May 01, 2019, 09:35:59 AM
WB 120 VROUW KIRSTEN hast left the boating yard of Jens Schlick , Lembruch, and is ready for the new season. All wooden parts are refurbished, anti-fouling completely renewed and the hull polished.
In the middle of June we will be for 8 days in Holland at the Ijsselmeer.

Wish you a great season, Winklebriggers!

Hello John,

Thank you very much for this report, I enjoyed to read it. Is it possible to add some more photos because my english is not as good as it should be and photos make it easier for me to understand.

Last winter my job didn't gave me a chance to work at my WB, so renewing anti-fouling and repaint all wooden parts will be made at a local shipyard.

I am still looking for a little workshop to rent so I have time and space to go on work at the boot during the winter.

Now it is time to spend the weekends at the water!

Kind regards

The Engine / Re: Electric outboards
June 22, 2018, 12:55:21 PM
Hello David,

looking quite good! To lift the motor position avoiding grond contact is a good idea. I didn´t until yet because of the depth in the Duemmer lake, there ist normally no problem with this.

I have made the experience that during sailing with app. 2,5 to 3,0 knots the Torqueedo starts to rotate because of the water streaming past to the propeller. It sounds as if the motor still running, a very annoying sound. Because of this if I plan to sail a little longer I prefer to remove the Torqueedo until I plan to land again.

Last year I´ve sailed at Baltic sea, I prefer a 6 PS Petrol outboard because of power and available operating time.

Kind regards form Germany


The Rig / Re: Bobstay
April 14, 2018, 09:50:56 PM
Hello Matthew,

Traditional at large sailing vessels the bobstay was made of a chain, my WB is fitted with a 6 mm stainless steel bobstay, I would recommend this strongly.

Chain material should be 1.4571 (because of corrosion resistance) or if you prefer areas with saltwater 1.4462.

Unfortunatly it is difficult to get fittings, turnbuckles a.s.o. made of high grade stainless steel. I have chosen AISI316 because it is easier to acquire.

At least I think, if a system is as strong as its weakest element AISI 316 (1.4401) will be the practical choice for chain and elements.

Kind regards


The Hull / Ongoing preparation for new season
March 24, 2018, 10:03:00 AM
Good Morning to you,

After bad experiences with wooden cushions at the cockpit seats and a funny arrangegement of two big cleats at the seats I discussed a more traditional design of the cockpit and my esteemed boatbuilder realized the result of this discussion.

Maybe it is a suggestion for some othe Winklebrig owners.

Kind regards