I really like the looks of the Winklebrig. She is such a pretty boat and with her twin lifting keels very practical also as they don't clutter the cabin with keel boxes etc. However, I have
Where I live we are all built around a courtyard so keeping any boat at home is not an option. Does anyone have experience of keeping a Winklebrig afloat, either on a mooring or in a marina. Do the lifting keels create problems with fouling etc when afloat all season or do they remain fairly clear and easy to swing up and down.
What are the sailing qualities like. From the waterline length she should have a hull speed of about 5.2knts which seems quite good. How does she point up into the wind. I accept she will not win a round the buoys race but that is not what I want. I am hoping she is a satisfying boat to sail and not something that will frustrate me.
Is it possible to retract or lift the bowsprit to reduce berthing costs. If so how is the mast supported from the bow. Do the shrouds support the mast without any additional stays being necessary.
I am hoping that the above questions will be able to be answered to confirm that not only is the Winklebrig a very pretty boat but one that I would enjoy the ownership of.
Thank you in anticipation of any replies to my queries.