Monday, December 20, 2010

Winkle Brig

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Eric Bergqvist designed and moulded my Folksong 25 which I finished from a GRP hull and deck. Shortly after building Folksongs in 1984, Eric turned his hand to manufacturing 16 ft Winkle Brig trailer-sailers. He manufactured about 120 of them before production ceased in 2002.

They are quite a bit smaller than the coastal cruisers I’ve considering over the past three days, i.e., BayCruiser 20, Drascombe Coaster, and the Cornish Shrimper. Therefore they are probably more suited to estuary cruising, lake sailing and exploring inland waterways like those of Holland and the Broads.

Here’s what Alan of BoatShed Wales has to say about a Winkle Brig he is brokering* at Neyland:

“It is often said "the smaller the boat, the bigger the fun" and I subscribe personally to this mantra - however, I have not tried a Winkle Brig - yet! But I bet she's a whole lot of fun; a real 'Swallows and Amazons' pocket cruiser ……………………………. A sturdy little craft of exceptional build quality she has very spacious and traditional comforts in her homely cabin. She can be trailed behind the family saloon to different cruising grounds and will sit happily on a drying berth. This example has, it is true, seen some better days, but there is nothing to scare off a keen amateur DIY'r. A couple of warm weekends with scraper and varnish, a hull polish, maybe even a re-spray , then head off up some deserted creek, light the oil lamp and dig out Riddle of the Sands - go on, you know you want to!

*Winkle Brig 16 for Sale £3,999 (as at 20.12.10)


Length 16 ft – with bowsprit 20 ft

Beam 6 ft 8 in

Draught 1 ft 2 in – with twin keels down 2 ft 6 in

Disc 650 kg

Mainsail 104 sq ft

Jib 42 sq ft

Topsail 26 sq ft

Other Links

Winkle Brig Owners

Winkle Brig Photos

Winkle Brig Photo Gallery

CreekSailor Blog on the Winkle Brig (Detailed Article)

Winkle Brig at Wikipedia

Winkle Brig "Mary Ellen" on Kielder Water

Winkle Brig Partan sailing on Windermere

Going to windward off St Mawes

My Folksong ‘Zeta’

‘Zeta’ Transformed by Julian Mustoe to become ‘Harrier’


Unknown said...

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