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Sailing / Re: Norfolk Broads
« Last post by rosswaddams on September 17, 2017, 12:29:53 PM »

This was the first time I've put my pride and joy in the water (in fact, the first time I've put any boat in the water off a trailer) so I chose the Norfolk Broads for its large bodies of non-tidal fresh water. Slipways with adjacent trailer parking are few and far between on the NBs so I based myself at Whispering Reeds boatyard on Hickling Water. There is a public staithe and slipway with parking only 100 m round the corner but this is for dinghies only and charges apply.

The charges at Whispering Reeds were:
Use of the slipway, 10 each way.
Trailer parking for one week, 15.
Car parking for one week, 15.
There was also a one week Broads Authority visitors license which I bought through them at about 25.

* Plenty of low overhead wires (see photo) means that you have to put the mast up immediately before entering the water and put it down again immediately after leaving the water. Fortunately the boatyard was, in mid-September, fairly quiet so this wasn't a bit problem.
* The boatyard is open from 8:30am till 5pm. There is no access to the slipway outside these times. However the parking area and pedestrian access to the private staithe is available at all hours.
* There's a very tight angle to get onto the slipway (about 70 degrees) (see photo). I didn't find it a problem with the front tow hitch fitted to my Land Rover Defender but another guy launching there took several shuffles in his brand new Land Rover Discovery to get it right.

* I don't have much experience but the prices seemed reasonable to me.
* The boatyard is very laid-back, it's quiet, and there's plenty of room to faff about getting sorted out. This results in low stress levels.
* 100 m from the boatyard and you're on the largest broad. There's a marked channel but I sailed all over the broad with both boards down and never ran aground.

Most important of all, I got in two launches and two recoveries with some good sailing in between.

Yes, it was a wet and windy week and I'd have liked to have done more sailing. But the boat is safely tucked up for the winter now and I can get on with a few minor jobs knowing that next season I'm all "good to go".
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by rosswaddams on August 14, 2017, 07:33:59 PM »
Thanks, Dave and Rick. I shall heed your advice and think of a suitably caution Plan B until I've seen the Markie Magic in action.
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by dave_cawston on August 14, 2017, 05:52:40 PM »
The only way to do it safely single handed is to moor up before and after the two Potter Heigham bridges.  There are dedicated moorings for yachts which are raising/lowering masts, west bank downstream (south west) by Herbert Woods quay and upstream (north east) on the east or west bank.  With experience, shooting Potter Heigham (with a motor) is no problem with two on board.  We do a lot of mast lowering and raising when on canals for bridges, power lines and tunnels and it only takes 5 seconds to lower and less than 10 seconds to raise with the boom and gaff jaws safely stored away from the mast.
Sorry my video has got well and truly lost with time, but it did show how holding the running forstay halyard with your teeth and taking up the slack whilst simply pushing up the mast comes in handy.  I will try and make a new video when we are next out on Markie, September in Northern Ireland. 
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by Rick on August 13, 2017, 10:54:03 PM »
Hi Ross - personally I wouldn't try shooting Potter Heigham bridge until you are absolutely certain you can do it! It's probably the worst bridge on the Broads.  :o

Acle bridge is probably the most straightforward - at least you can see a reasonable distance through the bridge  to see what's coming at you!  8)

Best of luck
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by rosswaddams on August 13, 2017, 07:34:33 PM »
Thanks, Rick and Dave.

I'll have a go with Rick's suggestion as I'm keen to be able to raise and lower when underway (the Potter Heigham bridges are between the Swallow Boats yard at Ludham and Hickling Broad). It sounds a lot simpler than my system.

I don't know why I didn't spot that "Page 2" - derrr. Heading over there next...

Dave - the link to your video doesn't work. When I saw this post originally I couldn't figure out how it all worked from the photos so that's when I got my Thinking Cap on. Have you got any other photos or a working link to the video?
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by dave_cawston on August 12, 2017, 11:04:15 AM »
Ross, have a look at an earlier subject, strangely enough titled 'Raising & Lowering the mast' on page 2 in 'The Rig' section.  Everything you would like to know has been posted there.   I still find it so quick and easy to dip the mast using my system, even with my advancing years.
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by Rick on August 11, 2017, 11:15:14 PM »
Hi Ross - I extended the forestay with some rope, lead it through a block at the end of the bowsprit and back to the cockpit. Then to raise the mast just push the middle of the mast up with one hand, pull the forestay rope with the other hand and up it goes, then cleat off when upright. Vice versa to lower. Can be done underway on a river to shoot bridges etc, and if at sea for extra security can use a bowsprit bottle screw in addition.
To avoid a rats nest of halliards etc I use quick release bungees as ties around the mast, I also use lazy jacks as I'm often single-handing.
Miscellaneous / 'Shadow' is 'For Sale' and looking for a new home
« Last post by Tony Fooks on August 11, 2017, 11:08:29 PM »
Ok Shadow is not a Winklebrig but a West coast 16 and we believe only one of two examples that have survived. The interesting point is that she was built by Berquist and Winter in the early 1980's with a fibre glass hull of similar dimensions and profile to the Winklebrig, apart of course from the centre plate.

More importantly she has given us many hours of very pleasurable and enjoyable sailing in and around the Fal Estury for the last 20 years. However I have now retired and we want to concentrate on European travel in our camper van while we can still enjoy the driving. Sadly there is just not enough summer time to follow both pursuits properly so we would like to find a new owner(s) who can continue to look after Shadow and enjoy the very special sailing experience that a small craft like this provides.

If you are intrigued then have a look at our advertisement on the web site and then please email or call me for more detailed information if you would like to know more.           
Trailers, towing & launching / Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by rosswaddams on August 11, 2017, 06:55:29 AM »
I'm sure I've seen a thread about this topic on the forum somewhere but annoyingly can't now find it. So I'm starting a new one.

WB25 is nearing her first (for me) launch so I'm practising whilst waiting for the September holiday on the Norfolk Broads to roll around. The first time I got the mast up, it took four of us, all cursing and swearing. The mast is the original heavy old lump of solid wood. I was rather disheartened because I'll be doing all my sailing single-handed. There had to be a better way. Thinking cap on; computer on.

Here is a video of my new method

I'm rather pleased with it. I don't claim any originality (we stand on the shoulders of giants) but I do want other newbies to know that it's easy when you know how.
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Lessons from my first tow
« Last post by rosswaddams on July 29, 2017, 07:51:25 AM »
It's obvious when someone tells you! I was wondering what was more important - the vertical vector or the horizontal. I compromised by using a diagonal, but now see that you simply do both.

Thanks for that.
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