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Repair Yards / Forton Lake Boatyard
« Last post by Rick on October 05, 2018, 10:43:57 PM »
With over 10 years of sailing and maintaining our own Winklebrig, we are now pleased to be able to offer a bespoke renovation service to all Winklebrig owners to keep your pride and joy on the water

Based in Gosport, our highly skilled shipwrights offer a Douglas Fir replacement to the aluminium mast, refurbish or replace bulwarks, gratings and cabin hatches, supply mast hoops and varnish, antifoul, paint or polish your Winklebrig.  We also undertake GRP repairs using eco resins and natural fibre cloths to support the minimal environmental impact of sailing a Winklebrig. We are able to either visit you or for a complete refurbishment transport your boat to our yard.

As we are in an area with an impressive boatbuilding heritage and which is home to both high tech and traditional yacht companies, we are also able to recommend and liaise with many other specialist providers to ensure that your project is successfully completed in time and within budget.

We are always more than happy to talk Winklebrig and look forward to speaking to you about your boat.

Contact details:

Cedar Craft
Forton Lake Boatyard
50 Ferrol Road
PO12 4UG

Mobile: 07758829674
Miscellaneous / Re: Trailer Suspension for sale
« Last post by dave_cawston on September 26, 2018, 03:22:50 PM »
Hi Rick, yes they are still available, just sitting in my garage taking up space.  I have PM'd my phone number to you.  David
Miscellaneous / Re: Trailer Suspension for sale
« Last post by Rick on September 25, 2018, 03:04:25 PM »
Hello Dave - are these still available by any chance?
Miscellaneous / Re: A Winkle Brig for your wall!
« Last post by Rick on September 25, 2018, 03:02:57 PM »
Interesting! Not sure about the decorative scroll under the bowsprit though!
Miscellaneous / A Winkle Brig for your wall!
« Last post by Martin on September 23, 2018, 11:12:58 AM »
For sale:- Winkle Brig oil on canvass painting (1500mmx900mm) by James Dodds
Miscellaneous / Re: Would like to see a Winkle on my way to Scotland
« Last post by philshimmin on September 10, 2018, 10:11:58 PM »
Welldone Chris, hope you recd the 2 parcels..Rgds. Phil
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Back winch
« Last post by Ken on September 09, 2018, 02:16:05 AM »
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Back winch
« Last post by Ken on September 09, 2018, 02:05:26 AM »
Mmmm ...  am doing something similar on mine but using the original trailer winch which could save others getting an extra winch.
I found a forward facing bracket in the middle of the axle with a rotating metal pin.  I tried taking the hook and webbing from the winch round the pin and back to the bow eye. That's been working for around four years now.

Problems found and solved to one degree or another :
1.  I had to find where to stop just before the balance point  else the boat's off with no restraint which is not  good on shallow incline as the stern can hit  the slipway under water before floating.  Solution - Stop just before balance point. Retrieve webbing and hook. spool in webbing and attach hook to bow eye with a small amount of slack. Lift bowsprit till boat rolls back a few inches and "hangs" on webbing(make sure the winch is locked !) . Control the decent of boat with winch break or winding handle. Sounds a hassle but is not too bad with practice.
2.  The webbing is inclined to wander slightly on the pin and sometimes folds a bit of the edge . This will produce wear over time but there's nothing significant after four years 30+ launches a year and is easy to watch.
3.  The hook marks the boat when pulling backwards. Solution - my hankie.
4.  I need to put wellies on when operating winch. Solution - put wellies on :).

Problem not solved :  Short boat on roller coaster trailer .. mostly will need to sink hubs. I know the bearings are sealed but I suspect the breaks will complain eventually especially in salt water.
I'm getting this vague recollection I've seen a video that addresses this. Praps I should have looked for that first  ::)
Miscellaneous / Re: Would like to see a Winkle on my way to Scotland
« Last post by christanner on September 08, 2018, 09:06:05 PM »
Thanks to the various forum members that have been in touch and offered me a sail or a peek at a WB up north. I ended up buying WB100 which is now happily sailing down here in West Wales, introducing my three year old crew to the wonderful world of boating! She loves it. Sailing down to the Jolly Sailor from Lawrenny and then sleeping aboard on the estuary last night was a great adventure.
Trailers, towing & launching / Back winch
« Last post by christanner on September 08, 2018, 08:55:06 PM »
Over the last week I've had great success with a new back winch added to my Indespension Roller Coaster 3 trailer. I added it to make it easier to self launch, especially on shallow slipways. With a 1200lb winch working on a 2:1 set of pulleys, 8mm dyneema and some galvanised/SS parts from eBay and now I can pull her off backwards to tipping point without trouble. The dyneema is fixed to the axle at the middle, runs fwd to a pulley on a detachable strop connected to the bow eye, back to a pulley on the axle, and then fwd to the winch hook.

On a shallow slip like we have here in Cardigan (as per photos) I found it better to unhitch the trailer (with wheel chocks on) and let the front rise a couple of feet both when launching and recovering. I tie the trailer to the car anyway just in case.

I launched at Lawrenny on the Cleddau this weekend which is a much steeper slip and found that I could manage fine with the trailer still hitched to the car. There's a fair bit of upward pull on the tow hook but it all feels perfectly safe.

Now I'm ready for single handed trips :)
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