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Sailing / Re: Anything Happening in 2018?
« Last post by dave_cawston on April 21, 2018, 01:45:41 PM »
Hi Graham & Melanie,

Meeting up would be great, it has been quite a few years since we sailed in company with another WB.
For starters we will be arriving at Swallowtail early afternoon on Monday 7th  May and depending on how quickly we rig and launch, we will either nip round to Hunters for the night, or possibly make our way towards Ludham Bridge.  We will be meeting up at some point with Roger & Cynthia Parish, former owners of 'Partan', they could be on their Freeman 22 motor cruiser.

Will make contact nearer the time. 

Cheers

David
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Sailing / Re: Anything Happening in 2018?
« Last post by Cockle on April 21, 2018, 10:25:10 AM »
Hi David

'Cockle is moored in a dyke just round the corner from Womack water at Bureside/Oby Dyke so would be easy for us to meet up and perhaps tag allong for a day sometime on your way up to Barton or back if you would like some 'Winkle Brig' company!

Best
Graham and Melanie
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Miscellaneous / Trailer Suspension for sale
« Last post by dave_cawston on April 20, 2018, 05:23:40 PM »
Hi,

After replacing my trailer suspension units last year as a precaution for our trip to Ireland, I want to give away the old suspension units (Avonride 1300kg) three wheels and 4 tyres, 2 x Avonride Supervan 6 ply rating 175R13, minimal tread wear,2004 vintage but no signs of deterioration and 2 x Hankook RA08 8 ply rating again 175R13, one on a rim, one unfitted, both unused and 2007 vintage.
The suspension units were working fine although the inside of the drums were corroded but cleaned up ok with emery cloth, not sure of their condition now.  Brake shoes recently replaced and bearings were fine, no overheating.  One good brake cable included.
Free to new home as long as they are used to transport a Winkle Brig.  You will need new mudguards if you are replacing 860kg units with 12 inch wheels.
New owner to collect or can possibly deliver if close to A1/A17/A47 Northumberland to Norfolk Broads. 

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Sailing / Re: Norfolk Broads
« Last post by dave_cawston on April 20, 2018, 11:24:02 AM »
Hi everyone,

Markie will be visiting the Broads in 2 weeks time launching on Monday 7th May at Swallowtail boatyard, Womack Water, Ludham and probably making our way up the Ant before returning to Hickling and Horsey later in the week.

Where abouts on the Bure are you Graham & Melanie?

David
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Sailing / Re: Anything Happening in 2018?
« Last post by dave_cawston on April 20, 2018, 11:21:47 AM »
Hi everyone,

Markie will be visiting the Broads in 2 weeks time launching on Monday 7th May at Swallowtail boatyard, Womack Water, Ludham and probably making our way up the Ant before returning to Hickling and Horsey later in the week.

Where abouts on the Bure are you Graham & Melanie?

David
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Sailing / Re: Anything Happening in 2018?
« Last post by Cockle on April 19, 2018, 09:50:09 PM »
Hi

Just Launched 'Cockle' WB106 on a mooring on the Bure, are you close, would be good to meet!

Best Graham and Melanie
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Sailing / Re: Norfolk Broads
« Last post by Cockle on April 19, 2018, 05:08:24 PM »
Hi

We have just become the proud owners of 'Cockle' Winkle Brig 106 and have moored her on the river Bure for the season, It would be nice to meet up with other WB's on broads to find out if were doing everything correctly, new to gaff rig as just coming from dinghy sailing!

Best
Graham and Melanie
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Miscellaneous / Re: Heligan for Sale
« Last post by Mike Seller on April 16, 2018, 04:46:40 PM »
Heligan has now been sold and is with her new owner in Shropshire. Hard to see her go but new adventures with another boat await.
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The Rig / Re: Bobstay
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on 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

Gerold

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The Rig / Re: Bobstay
« Last post by Martin on April 12, 2018, 09:21:10 AM »
Hi Matthew.

I think the chain was 6mm. To tension, I use a block and tackle arrangement wherby the chain can be slackened off from the foredeck if necessary (having first taken the strain off the forestay). I have very rarely needed to do this, but it allows me to retract the bowsprit if required.

To prevent the chain snagging on mooring lines when using a swinging mooring in tidal conditions, I use a primary line attached directly to the bow eye (almost at water level).

I know you shouldn't fit a stainless shackle with a galvanised chain, but in my Winkle Brig situation where the boat is kept on the trailer between outings it hasn't been a problem for me as the chain is not subjected to continuous salt water contact so galvanic action is minimal (and can be checked annually).  I find galvanised shackles to be much more problematical.

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