Wooden ships commens on this Winkle Brig
Built by Everson of Woodbridge in 1937 as a sailing boat fishing for winkles and oysters, known as a Winkle Brig.
This local design from the backwaters of the Essex coast evolved to be immensely capable in her home waters. This one had a reputation for being quite a fast boat, doing well in the annual working boat races of the time.
There is a delightful book on the extensive travels of a winkle brig and her owners – A Winkle Brig Tale.
Alice still has her original builder’s plate on the transom.
Clinker planked on an oak back-bone with steam bent oak timbers, all copper fastened.
Many of the fittings replaced in bronze – fairleads, cleats etc.
An engine is believed to have been installed in the 1950’s. She now has a Petter single cylinder 6hp air cooled diesel with water cooled exhaust. Starter motor rebuilt 2 years ago.
Gaff cutter rig. Varnished pole mast stepped on the keel forward of the engine.
The loose footed mainsail with one line of reefing points and a long gaff gives a powerful sail with a low centre of effort.
A new 2010 topsail adds to the drive.
Staysail and Jib.
All sails in red terylene and in excellent condition.
Hempex cordage looks very authentic.
All blocks beautifully varnished.
Anchor chain and warp.
Full mast up/mast down cover
12v bilge pump on a float switch
Stripped to bare wood and revarnished 2010.
New sole boards in top grade marine ply with non-slip paint
Snipe road trailer with winch. New bearings 2011