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Miscellaneous / Re: WB for sale
« Last post by andrew james quin on January 18, 2020, 02:52:44 AM »
Dear Ken, is Nutmeg still for sale ?

                        Kind regards  Andy Quin
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Miscellaneous / Learning from my mistakes
« Last post by John Burton on January 11, 2020, 10:33:02 PM »
Peter Cook once said that he learned from his mistakes and can now repeat them exactly. Hopefully I have learned from my mistakes during our first year with Cressy and can now not repeat them this coming season.
It was a steep learning curve coming from dinghies, but helped enormously by the Forum, Martin Cartwright's book and most especially the help given by David Bone.
So Cressy is now in my barn and I am enjoying working on her almost as much as sailing her.
What needs putting right after last year?
Firstly the rigging. The 3 strand halyards that came with the boat looked fine but twisted infuriatingly leading to several embarrassing moments when the mainsail was jammed half way up. However often I untwisted the ropes, they always conspired to twist again when I looked away. I have replaced all the running rigging with multiplait, I understand new 3 strand doesn't twist and certainly looks the part, but the cost put me off.
Secondly I had used the port aft locker for storing the outboard petrol tank and had "sealed" the locker by applying expanding foam to all the gaps. Unsuccessfully, a mistake. The cabin had a very strong petrol smell, so the aft locker now has all its joints and gaps sealed with glassfibre tape and resin, an awkward job but hopefully it will fully isolate the locker. I have also installed a ventilator just aft of the locker lid to encourage air flow.
Thirdly, the bilge slowly filled with water over the summer, a few gallons but surprisingly the bilge pump never removed any. The suction is good but presumably the hose end is curled up above the water level. A session with the hosepipe when Cressy returned home revealed a surprising amount of water trickling down into the aft lockers from the gallows tubes. Over the wet summer that had slowly accumulated. Now I found lowering the gallows at the start of a sail was a bit of a nuisance, but raising them up at the end to lower the sail was often awkward, sails flapping, trying to find the holes to insert the split pins etc. So now I am going to  bring the mainsheet attachment forward instead of behind the gallows and always leave the gallows in place. That means I can tape over the base of the gallows tubes where they meet the bronze deck fittings with self amalgamating tape and stop the water getting in. I couldn't find any other leaks and the cabin portholes were water tight. I use the cleats on the aft lockers for several purposes, so have attached two eyes near the front outside edges of the locker openings and will use a rope strop for the mainsheet attachment, although a traveller would look nice at some stage.
Lastly the bilge boards stick when raised up and just as we moored on the last sail of the season the port side board detached and surfaced by the side of the boat, still attached by its cord. luckily there was no damage to the hull, just missing bolts, but the board had obviously had a hefty bash in the past driving the pivot hole an inch backwards. Two new boards to make and I will be following David Bone's method off adding some lead ballast to increase the weight. It was interesting that the board floated when it became detached, I would like some extra ballast.
So some enjoyable fettling still to come and hopefully the little niggles and mistakes of our first season will be put right.
Happy New Year everyone!

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Miscellaneous / Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
« Last post by Ken on January 09, 2020, 01:32:58 AM »
Thanks Mathis and may you have many happy 2020 hours on Duemmer Lake :) . If you're ever wandering in the UK and fancy playing Winklebrigs on Kielder Water give me a shout  :D .
Ken
PS Would be good to see some pics of Leneken in the Gallery

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Miscellaneous / Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
« Last post by Mathis on December 22, 2019, 01:26:10 PM »
... to all WB owners. Safe sailing and good winds in 2020 to all of you!

Mathis (WB 69)
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Miscellaneous / WB100 for sale
« Last post by christanner on November 05, 2019, 10:40:38 AM »
After a wonderful season sailing WB100 "Wigeon", it's time for us to move on. She's now for sale in West Wales.

- In excellent condition. Spars and sails stored indoors all the time.
- Newer model (slightly higher coachroof I think) and well built. Built in 1992.
- Fibreglass gunwales.
- Mercury 4hp 2 stroke engine.
- High peak gaff, furling genoa. I fitted an inner forestay with (tan) staysail.
- Extra shrouds and compression post under mast.
- New 2-pack hull paint 2018.
- Roadworthy Indespension Rollercoaster 3 trailer with back winch for easier launching.
- Spare wheel and light board.
- LED nav lights, depth sounder.
- Lazyjacks for simple singlehanded sail management.
- Anchor, chain and rode.
- External fuel tank gives extended range under power.
- Sail cover and cockpit tent.

Plenty more photos available.

£6000

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The Hull / Re: Bobstay eye
« Last post by RollyDrifter on September 12, 2019, 09:44:19 PM »
Many Thanks ,
Will measure carefully and see how it looks
Thanks
Rolly
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The Hull / Re: Bobstay eye
« Last post by dave_cawston on September 11, 2019, 06:37:38 PM »
I have, like Martin, replaced the original with a beefier version and the inside nut on Markie is also above the plywood.
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The Hull / Re: Bobstay eye
« Last post by Martin on 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!
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The Hull / Bobstay eye
« Last post by RollyDrifter on September 07, 2019, 10:08:11 PM »
My WB bobstay eye is a single “eye-bolt” type , rather than a U-bolt type that I have also seen .
It turns , rotates, did seem to tighten to a stop , now seems to not ...

Overall, seems lightweight an therefore concerning.

Seems to be below the level of the inner moulding and not visible from inside, which isn’t ideal... I guess, to replace with something stronger means cutting through the inner moulding .... which sounds messy and full of risk...

Ideas, thoughts and experiences welcome .

Thanks
Rolly
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The Hull / Re: Higher Cabin Roof
« Last post by RollyDrifter on August 16, 2019, 07:15:44 AM »
Thanks
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