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Sailing / Winklebrig Race
« Last post by Ken on April 06, 2017, 10:17:52 AM »
I hear there's another WB (22) coming to live at Kielder Water but my winter fettling's been delayed so I might not be first on the water  >:(

Any more WB's interested in swelling the Kielder WB floatilla for shorter or longer periods let me know as there are a variety of ways of accessing the water for brief or extended stays.

Rick has kindly just added some pics of WB91  wandering around Kielder last year (first 7 and last 6 in the gallery)

Must go and do the last varnish coat then I can start putting the boat back together.
Miscellaneous / The Website
« Last post by Rick on April 03, 2017, 08:27:53 AM »
Please note that the main website ( has been updated to allow easier access by tablet/phone etc.
All the data should be as before (except for the usual updates), and hopefully everything should be straightforward.
However, as ever, if you notice any errors, omissions or you'd like to see anything else, do please let me know.
Thanks, and good sailing for 2017

(Web Admin)
The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by David Bone on March 29, 2017, 08:26:33 PM »
Hello Gerold,

Thanks for the information.
Good sailing.

The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on March 29, 2017, 04:23:54 PM »
Hello David,

you are right with the weigth, 24 kgs per board is correct. I did not use any coating because normally I am sailing in freshwater and corrosion may be a problem in a few years. Only 1 or 2 weeks a year we are visiting saltwater. The only thing I added was a PTFE sleeve between the stainless steel retaining pin and the blade  to avoid electrochemical corrosion.

I have reduced the weight of each board a little chamfer each blade a little like a wedge. But at least I only lost 2 kgs per side because I want to save the width of the boards for guide in the housings. To avoid scratching in the housings I rounded the edges at the upper side on the whole length.

VROUW KIRSTEN will be back in her element in the second week of April. After my first trip I will add my personal experience with the new boards.

Kind regards

The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by David Bone on March 19, 2017, 07:22:50 PM »
Hello again Gerold,
I am very interested to learn how your new aluminium drop boards have worked out.
I currently have 25mm ply boards with approx. 5kg lead inserted in each, a protective brass keel band on the lower edge and a metal shoe at the after end, giving a weight of 18.5 kg. each.
Because the ply has warped a little, hindering free movement, I may rebuild the boards next year and your approach with dimensioned aluminium plate looks well worth consideration.
I am estimating your weight per board as approx. 24 kg?
Have you left them at this weight or faired the edges to reduce same?
From Martin's handbook, I understand the steel encapsulated plates fitted to earlier models weighed around 27 kg each.
Lastly, what protective paint coating program have you used.
Miscellaneous / Re: 2(U)B or not 2(U)B ?
« Last post by Ken on March 08, 2017, 06:25:43 PM »
Thanks to Paul and Gwilym for extending my Winklebrigian education  :)

Paul, do you know of any websites that show the " style of East coast open fishing boat " you mentioned ?

Gwilym: I'm off to look for Mersea Island Winkle Brigs .. suggestions welcome.

Both + anyone else : Do we know if Winkle Brigs of yore had anything to do with winkles ?

Me: Were you sober when you titled this "2(U)B or not 2(U)B ?"  ?
Miscellaneous / Re: 2(U)B or not 2(U)B ?
« Last post by Gwilym on March 05, 2017, 07:39:57 PM »
This is photographed at Benfleet on the Thames estuary. I know the boat well. In  fact I might be the old grey haired geezer in the third photograph. There is a class of Winkle Brig on Mersea Island which is very similar. Basically a fisherman's boat. This one is fibreglass and cutter rigged but I do believe the traditional Winkle Briggs were sloops. This boat was sold on by a friend of mine some years ago.
The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on February 19, 2017, 11:17:21 AM »
Hello David,

thanks a lot, but I have the bilge boards ready  :-\ . During installation I will add your tip with the rubber parts.

Kind regards

The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by David Bone on February 16, 2017, 07:41:16 PM »
Hello Gerold,
If you haven't already made new boards, I suggest you check out their length.
On my boat, (#107) with standard 1,300mm length boards, I found the hauling line spigot in the top of the case was 50mm aft of the lead from the board, making it difficult to bring the board fully home.
As there was sufficient free length in the board casing, I lengthened the boards to 1,350mm, aligning spigot with line lead, making housing easier.
To stop me crashing the boards against the top of the housing, with new found enthusiasm, I screwed a rubber door stop to the top edge of the boards, near the aft end.
The Hull / New bilge boards
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on February 14, 2017, 01:45:07 PM »
after several problems last year i have made an inspection of the bilge boards. Both made of epoxy coated marine ply with iron legs. I found the coating was fractured so water could break into the ply.  :o
I decided to renew both boards using a water resistant alumina. Because of the higher specific weight I have to optimize the shape on my milling machine.
Please find enclosed, if interested, the technical drawing for the raw shape of the biilge board. Photos of the new boards will be posted later.

Kind regards

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