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The Hull / Re: Bobstay eye
September 09, 2019, 08:04:07 AM
Hi Rolly.

As the eye-bolt is extremely critical when launching, recovering and towing I replaced mine with a larger one to be on the safe side. There is a fair amount of 'meat' in the fibreglass on the stem so I didn't think it was necessary to add a backing plate as I had done on a previous boat.

I am a bit surprised the nut is below the 'inner moulding' on your boat as it wasn't on mine, although it can't be very far below the plywood floor (which rests on foam), so it would be a relatively easy job to dig a small hole and find it. A bit messy but not risky!

Good luck!
Miscellaneous / Re: Dutch Winklebrig for sale
June 27, 2019, 07:48:55 AM
Hi Thea. Good luck with your Winkle Brig research. May I modestly suggest that 'The Winkle Brig Book' might be a good place to start!
The Hull / Re: Portholes, portlghts?
June 17, 2019, 09:38:14 AM
Yes. It is what I would use - as long as you don't ever want to get them off!
The Hull / Re: Portholes, portlghts?
June 14, 2019, 08:21:15 AM
I recommend using Sikaflex 295 UV Marine Adhesive & Sealant.  It  will last longer than the perspex so it may be worth replacing the perspex - maybe something thicker- at the same time. Mine lasted about 20 years and as far as I know is still going strong.
Hi Tim.

This is a very long shot, but a long time ago Roger Parish the former owner of 'Partan' used to have a spare wooden mast in his garage. I no longer have Roger's contact details but I think Dave Cawston may have kept in contact with him. Perhaps Dave could respond to this if he knows if Roger kept his spare mast.

Roger changed his original mast for a new hollow one to make raising and lowering easier. If I was going to have a new timber mast made for a Winklebrig I would definitely have a hollow one. Not only will it be lighter which will  improve the Winklebrig's 'tenderness', but perversly hollow masts are also stronger.

Good luck!
The Rig / Re: Wanted : Shroud chainplates
February 10, 2019, 07:54:43 AM
Hi Paul.
If you are having to have a rigid fixing of the wire into the bottle screw, I would suggest that this is even less suitable for a raising and lowering mast situation, as you are bound to get kinks and fatigue in the wire just above the bottle screw. Remember, it is difficult to see fatigue in stainless wire until it fails!
The Rig / Re: Wanted : Shroud chainplates
February 09, 2019, 07:46:14 AM
From experience I would advise not using the bottle screws with the stainless rigging wire on a Winklebrig unless you are leaving the mast up all season.

For a while I used this combination and with the mast going up and down the rigidity of the  bottle screws caused the wire to bend in unnatural places and stainless wire is not good if it is constantly being bent and straightened. I kept the stainless wire but dispensed with the bottle screws.(On an untuned gaff rig you don't want/need the tension provided by a bottle screw anyway).
Miscellaneous / Re: Buying advice please
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
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
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
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!
September 23, 2018, 11:12:58 AM
For sale:- Winkle Brig oil on canvass painting (1500mmx900mm) by James Dodds
Miscellaneous / Re: 'Winkle'. For sale.
August 06, 2018, 02:34:18 PM
Thanks David.
'Fair winds and following seas' to you and all Winklebriggers.
Miscellaneous / Re: 'Winkle'. For sale.
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
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.