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The Hull / Re: Long Wood
« Last post by Ken on April 06, 2018, 04:24:32 PM »
Thanks for info. Martin ...  maybe I'll make them a bit thinner for bending as they hardly get "used" as rubbing strakes so they're mostly cosmetic cover for hull to lid join.

A couple more "bits" out of the long story:  While searching "5.1m hardwood" I eventually rooted out 5.1m Balau decking fascia form Goole. Standard shipping cost made it a bit pricey for one item but I bit the bullet and ordered.  When it turned up it was in two pieces  >:( . Supplier agreed to exchange then said it's no longer stocked so will collect and refund(yet to happen).

Spurred on by getting so close I decide to spend one more day scouring "decking" as no wood yard  would supply 5.1m.  Eventually I hit the jackpot  ;D. Chiltern Timber could do me .... And they have it in stock ... I checked with a real person who looked  :) .  So guess what little detour I'm making on the way back from Oxford in a couple of weeks.
The Hull / Re: Long Wood
« Last post by Martin on April 05, 2018, 12:28:53 PM »
I had the same problem Ken a few years ago and ended up with a scarf. This is not the end of the world, as I found the bending on of the timber quite a struggle (without steaming), and doing it in two halves made the operation a bit more manageable. The scarfs haven't opened up after several years of sailing.
Good luck!
The Hull / Long Wood
« Last post by Ken on April 05, 2018, 10:11:57 AM »
A short bit from a long story goes :
I can't find anyone who can provide 5.05m of hardwood strip to replace my rubbing strakes. I've spent ages failing to persuade any woodyard to produce either two strips at 33x16mm section or one about 33x38mm for me to split. The originals are complete so I'm trying to avoid a scarf. I've been pretty open about which wood  .... "iroko or similar"  .. but still no joy.  :(

Ideas welcome   
The Hull / Ongoing preparation for new season
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on March 24, 2018, 10:03:00 AM »
Good Morning to you,

After bad experiences with wooden cushions at the cockpit seats and a funny arrangegement of two big cleats at the seats I discussed a more traditional design of the cockpit and my esteemed boatbuilder realized the result of this discussion.

Maybe it is a suggestion for some othe Winklebrig owners.

Kind regards

Miscellaneous / Heligan for Sale
« Last post by Mike Seller on March 05, 2018, 11:36:09 AM »
Heligan (sail number 95) is now for sale at 6000 ono. She comes with a roller coaster trailer, Yamaha 4hp outboard, seago inflateable and an extensive inventory. The boat is currently  at her mooring in Cookham however in the coming weeks she will come home to Penn Street Village near Amersham in Bucks for viewing. Any interested purchaser can contact me on my email address
The Hull / Preparation for new season
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on February 24, 2018, 05:57:03 PM »
Hello Winkle Friends,

the new season comes closer, at the first of April VROUW KIRSTEN will be back in her element. Not many time left to do all the things she requires: renewing varnish on bulwark and baseboard, cleaning the hull and renewing anti-fouling after two years, the top-light have to be replaced because of leakage which was caused by a little  crack in the body and some more little jobs.

Nothing big, but it needs time and have to be done until beginning of March. In March a professional boatbilder will coat the seats in the cockpit with oak  :)

Photos will follow.

Remember - Preparation for the new season - it is not far off!

Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
« Last post by dave_cawston on February 15, 2018, 04:41:49 PM »
Getting the hang of this, some more photos
Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
« Last post by dave_cawston on February 15, 2018, 04:26:21 PM »
Hopefully, here are some pictures from our trip to Lower Lough Erne
Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
« Last post by dave_cawston on February 15, 2018, 04:09:04 PM »
I think it is about time I reported back on our trip to Lower Lough Erne.  The road and ferry journey over went very smoothly, no problems at all.  Manor House Marine is a superb base for exploring Lower Lough Erne but because the weather was so (unusually) unpleasant, it was great that we were staying in a chalet overlooking the lough and we day sailed if the weather allowed.  Some days it was blowing a gale and/or pouring with rain but there is plenty for landlubbers to see and do in the local area.  Enniskillen is a lovely town, but a bit of a pain to drive through in the rush hour.
The facilities at Manor House Marine are near enough perfect, an excellent slipway that goes down in to the marina main basin, so well sheltered, plenty of parking for cars and trailers with/without boats on-board.  And we had our own private floating jetty, a little tight for getting in when it is blowing a gale, but we managed it (a few attempts needed on one occasion).  To top it all we did not have to pay a single penny for any of the marina services used (as we were staying in one of their chalets), fantastic.
As for sailing on Lower Lough Erne, it is paradise for a Winkle Brig, lots of islands with (deserted at that time of year) jetties to visit and open water sailing to the north.  A lot of fetch built up one day but we motored through it and found very quiet overnight moorings at Castle Archdale and up the River Kesh.  You do need a good chart as it is very easy to mistake one island for another and there are some areas with a lot of rocks but they are mostly well marked with buoys and markers.  Only once was I worried and decided to retrace my tracks and take the long route round.  But it was great fun navigating through the channels and going ashore and exploring.
There are a few public slipways with parking and facilities that are available free of charge and water is available at a lot of jetties.  If you want to do some serious inland sailing, or just potter around some islands, Lower Lough Erne is perfect, well worth making the trip.
Miscellaneous / WINKLE ONE FOR SALE
« Last post by jimhr6 on February 11, 2018, 02:59:24 PM »
Sadly, "Winkle One" will be moving on. There has been some discussion about whether she is the first Winkle Brig, but she proudly carries the sail designation WB1.

She is in good condition, ready for sea and pretty much stock with a gaff rig, a Mariner 4 outboard and inflatable tender. She has the original highly serviceable gas cooker, ample fenders, two anchors (a Fluke and a Bruce), VHF, depth gauge  and is on a Roller Coaster trailer. Two adult life jackets and a child's are included as is a custom made cockpit tent and a heavy duty cover.

She has spent almost all of her life based on Loch Torridon, a sea-loch in the Western Highlands of Scotland, the previous owner having bought her direct from the builders. She is at present in Torridon village and may be inspected there.

Yours for 6,000.
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