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Miscellaneous / Re: 'Winkle'. For sale.
« Last post by philshimmin on June 22, 2017, 07:16:07 PM »
I'm sure many other 'brig sailors will be sorry to learn we are at the end of an era. We have read your numerous postings and your book, with great interest. Thankyou Martin. Best of luck with the sale, and  best wishes for the future.
The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on June 22, 2017, 04:11:16 PM »
Hello Paul,

at my trailer (Roller Coaster 3) I have enough space to replace the bilgeboards if the boat is still on the trailer.  ;)

By the way, the new bilge boards worked excellent at my trip to the baltic sea last week. The additional weight regarding to the ones before made of wood/iron feets gave more stability not only under strong conditions  ;D

I will check the bilge board housings next winter because they looked in need to renovation.

Kind regards

The Hull / Re: New bilge boards
« Last post by Paul Thomas on June 22, 2017, 01:45:01 PM »
Hello Guys,

I always read these posts with interest, but you have me puzzled.  The boat is kept either in the water or on the trailer.  How do you access the bilge boards for maintenance/removal?
Miscellaneous / Re: 'Winkle'. For sale.
« Last post by andrewg149 on June 21, 2017, 01:37:51 PM »
Sorry to hear you are selling. Any chance of some photos of the mod's just to give us all inspiration and Brig envy!.. and hopefully some inspiration.

regards Andy
Miscellaneous / 'Winkle'. For sale.
« Last post by Martin on June 21, 2017, 09:32:24 AM »
‘Winkle’ will be going on the market shortly. After 15 years of sailing adventure (mostly single handed), I have decided the time has come to pass her onto younger hands.

‘Winkle’ and her trailer have been extensively modified for long distance and more challenging trips, and she turns heads wherever she goes. She was bought as a standard high peaked gaff rig and converted to lug rig, although all the original sails and spars for easy reversion to original rig are included.

Amongst many other minor improvements, the following modifications have been made:-

1.   Replacement extended bowsprit with larger jib and a staysail. Twin bobstays. Roller furling.
2.   Chain locker with 20 metres of chain. Bronze deck pipe.
3.   Second set of shrouds and optional running backstays.
4.   Brass Navigation lights and 12 volt battery, charged by Totatsu 6hp (4 stroke petrol). Separate 12 litre fuel tank in converted rear ventilated fuel locker.
5.   Teak strip hatch cover and rear locker covers.
6.   Replacement extra wide teak rubbing strakes.
7.   Two additional cockpit lockers.
8.   Sprayhood.
9.   Oak transom beam.
10.   Stainless steel guard rail and pushpit.
11.   Mizzen mast with reefable lugsail and bumkin.
12.   Auxiliary engine transom bracket.
13.   Auxiliary electric Torqeedo engine unused. (Price subject to negotiation if required).
14.   Avon Redcrest tender with oars and pump.
15.   Yuloh sculling oar.
16.   Mahogany rudder stock with retracting aluminium rudder blade.
17.   Cabin converted to two comfortable berths and built-in (dry) toilet. Water storage (20 litres), food and clothing lockers. Teak cutlery/crockery/wine rack storage. Gimballed Brass oil lamp. Clock and antique barometer.
18.   Trailer:- Roller coaster 7 with keel rollers and 3 pairs of rollers each side on swing beam with stainless steel spindles. 3x 950kg tyres new last year. Extra long jockey wheel for elevating for launching. Spare wheel.
19.   Launching device for car tow hook for shallow slipways if required.

‘Winkle’ is in good condition for her age having been wintered in a barn and annually ‘buffed up’ for her appearances at various European Festivals. (Venice, Morbihan, Brest, Duarnanez, and Wales). Locally I have sailed  most of the East Coast rivers and estuaries and in my opinion ‘Winkle’ provides the perfect touring vessel both on and off the road.

She is a fine little ship, all ready to take her new owner safely on their next adventure together.   

£8,000 complete.

The Rig / Re: Second foresail
« Last post by Martin on May 31, 2017, 05:54:53 PM »
Hello Gerold. Thanks for your kind words.

My foresail arrangement has developed over the years, so I am afraid my present setup has evolved into  rather a complicated arrangement, although it doesn't need to be.

If you fix further forward than the stempost  as I have done, in order to maximise the size of the foresail, you have to have a way of centralising the foot of the sail (as the bowsprit is off-centre), if you want the boat to look symetrical. My solution is best shown by photos, but as I am away from my boat at present I will post some in a couple of weeks when we are reunited again.

The Rig / Re: Second foresail
« Last post by VROUW KIRSTEN on May 19, 2017, 09:04:00 AM »
Hello Martin,

I think your book Needs no plugging - it is excellent! ;)

Could you make a photo of the way you fixed the staysail at the boat? I am undecided if I should fix the staysail at the bow sprit or direct at the bow of the winklebrig.
I believe the bow itself would be the right place, but I am not shure which equipment would be the right, f.e. a hull plate or an eye bolt or eye plate. 

Thanks a lot for your help!

The Rig / Re: Mast security
« Last post by Martin on May 15, 2017, 04:58:35 PM »
Thanks Andrew.
Sorry I misunderstood. Sounds like a good idea. Post some pictures if you go ahead.
The Rig / Re: Mast security
« Last post by andrewg149 on May 15, 2017, 03:07:51 PM »
Hi, Martin,
Thanks for the prompt response.    I have your book( which is excellent by the way) and the stay sail is definitely on the   to do list.  I have the wooden tabernacle so wasn't going to risk any more load on it - what I was thinking of was a removable wooden stop fixed to the foredeck to prevent  the base of the mast kicking forwards - fixed like the cleat for the removable bowsprit.

That way I could add a stiffening batten to the underside of the foredeck to help taking the strut load from the shear stop back into the stem, rather than just using the foredeck itself.

It seems to make  sense but I could be fooling myself, so if any of the more experienced members can see an obvious flaw, please let me know.
The Rig / Re: Second foresail
« Last post by Martin on May 15, 2017, 10:38:38 AM »
Hello Gerold.
At risk of being accused of 'plugging' my book! I have written a section there about this.
At the time I added a staysail, I took the opportunity of lengthening and strengthening the bowsprit and enlarging the jib. So altogether, I have more sail ahead of the mast (to help with the weather helm) and the added advantage of a more flexible and stronger  (two forestays) rig. In high winds, I furl the jib and sail with the foresail and reefed main, or in even higher winds, the  staysail and mizzen sail (another adition!).
I know you can go on forever modifying the Winklebrig (and I am probably the worst culprit!), but I think a second foresail is a valuable and easy  addition.
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