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Miscellaneous / Re: WB61 Martha for sale
« Last post by Martin on December 11, 2017, 12:42:57 PM »
.........But the good news is that 'Winkle' is still available and the price has been reduced to  7,000.00!!
This includes a substantially uprated 2005 Roller Coaster 7 Trailer and a lot of extras.
Miscellaneous / Re: WB61 Martha for sale
« Last post by Rick on November 29, 2017, 07:38:50 PM »
Joe tells me that Martha is now sold.
Miscellaneous / WB61 Martha for sale
« Last post by Joe Simmonds on October 22, 2017, 12:56:11 PM »
Martha is the standard 16ft gaff sloop with topsail rig and twin retractable bilge plates, but she is the 1992 Earls Court Boat Show model and so has various non-standard features. We are selling for 6500.

For full details of her equipment, the work we have done, and many more pictures, please go to:
With any further questions, please contact Joe via:

If you would just like to see her, Martha is available to view by arrangement with Ian Wells at Helford River Boats, Helford Passage, nr Falmouth, Cornwall, who has her in barn storage for the winter.
Contact Ian on tel. 01326 250770, or email:

Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by rosswaddams on September 30, 2017, 11:49:54 AM »
Gosh - that looks easy! Your mast seems to be made out of balsa wood compared to mine. But I shall have a go with your set-up and see how I get on - it's far better than all my tackles and A-frames.

Just for interest, I've weighed my mast and it seems to be just over 19 kgs with the shrouds and halyards.
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Breakback Trailer
« Last post by Martin on September 28, 2017, 08:54:27 AM »
Very neat David, and most unfairly, you are looking younger than ever!
Any chance of some other photos, descriptions of your Irish trip? I am sure others (like me) will be keen to hear all about it.
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Breakback Trailer
« Last post by dave_cawston on September 26, 2017, 08:15:25 PM »
Another video from our Ireland trip showing how easy recovering a Winkle Brig can be with a breakback trailer arrangement.  No wet feet and no dunking wheel bearings in water.  Also the tow car is kept well up the slip.
Search youtube for 'VID 20170918 101523'
Trailers, towing & launching / Re: Raising and Lowering the Mast
« Last post by dave_cawston on September 26, 2017, 07:00:40 PM »
We have returned from our Irish travels, Lower Lough Erne is a great place to explore with a Winkle Brig, some fantastic sailing in a fantastic landscape.
Our new mast lowering and raising video is now live on youtube.
Just search for 'VID 20170918 103744'
or search for 'winkle brig mast'
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. 
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