- 09/09/2021 at 12:23 pm #35016
Im new to the UKWA. I’ve recently sold my Sadler 26 as, for us, it was no longer the best option with a young family. I’m looking forward to family dinghy sailing and hope to buy a Wayfarer soon. I’m just waiting for a tow bar fitting beginning of next month, and then I’ll be looking in earnest for a good condition Wayfarer, set up primarily for day sailing. I hope to do some racing and maybe camping too. We’re in North East Scotland but I’m happy to travel for the right boat.
I’m impressed with the UKWA so far. It looks like it’s very active with lots of resources and events.
Ben.11/09/2021 at 7:19 am #35042
Welcome aboard, Ben!
I’m sure you soon will find the boat rightly fitted to your plans.
You are right; UKWA is really dynamic and alive, and the forum is the heart.
There are so many archives in the forum; it is hard to make a complete tour in some clicks.
We need to wake it up a bit!
Most of the members are gone on Facebook’s page, and the forum seems on a sleepy way.
It is damageable for folks like me that don’t want to go back on Facebook.
Let us know when you will found the perfect boat!
Jérôme11/09/2021 at 8:01 pm #35046Jonathan FergusonParticipant
Welcome to the association! Wherabouts in that corner of Scotland are you based? I was up there earlier this year…13/09/2021 at 7:42 am #35056
Thank you Gents,
I’m in Moray. I’ll keep you updated on the boat search. Hopefully straight forward as I’m happy to travel.
Were you in the area sailing Jonathan?
On another note, I’ve read by some that a Wayfarer is too heavy for one person to pull up a slip on the trolley. I know they’re heavy and on some steep or slidey slips it could be an issue but I was surprised that some suggest it’s a big problem. What’s your experience?15/09/2021 at 7:31 pm #35159john1162Participant
When I was young and fit with a young family I could manage a Wayfarer by myself. It was a bit of a struggle at times but I did manage it. My youngest Daughter is now 30 and she doesn’t need much help from me to pull the boat up the slipway. It is a big dinghy and it is very easy to load it up with all sorts of extras and here might be the problem. Keep it light and do not take the barbecue would be my advice.22/09/2021 at 8:53 pm #35181Jonathan FergusonParticipant
Sorry for the late reply Ben – been out sailing!
I was further north, we set off from just North of Wick.
R.e. the weight – it really depends on the steepness and condition of the slipway. I can’t do it on my own at my club – mind you, it’s very slippery in the first bit and pretty steep in the latter, and I’m nowhere near as strong as Kate is. On flat ground I’m fine on my own.18/10/2021 at 1:44 pm #35336
I’m really chuffed to say I’ve bought W10454 and towed her home from Liverpool.20/10/2021 at 10:28 pm #35348
What fantastic news, Ben!
In what condition is the boat? Ready to sail? Or it needs some care?
Jérôme27/10/2021 at 3:56 pm #35381
Yes, really chuffed!
She’s in generally very good condition. I haven’t been sailing in her yet but i’ll get her rigged up and sailing then think about optimising the set up to suit us.07/11/2021 at 3:49 pm #35415
Do not hesitate to share pictures with us.
Jérôme13/11/2021 at 4:59 pm #35476CorinthianParticipant
Hello Ben and welcome.
Just noticed that that you have bought a boat and are based in the North. We are in the Borders but also sail from Fife.02/10/2022 at 8:48 am #37187
Thought I’d follow up. We’ve had a tremendous season and I’m really pleased with my decision. The Wayfarer has been perfect for us, single handing and family day sailing and racing (at the back of the fleet). Can’t wait for more of the same and planning some camping trips next year. For us the Wayfarer is low maintenance, affordable, capable, incredibly versatile and a real joy.04/10/2022 at 9:04 pm #37197
So happy for you.
Is your Wayfarer in good condition?
Jérôme04/10/2022 at 9:17 pm #37199
You might consider attending the next International rally in June 2023 in the northwest of Ireland.
I attended the International Rally in France (Brittany) one month ago.
It was incredible to sail all together and get so many tips.
Did you see my topic in the Cruising section of the forum?
Jérôme08/10/2022 at 12:18 pm #37222
She is in good condition although I intend to invest in a new suit of sails this winter as the current ones are original and fairly baggy. First time in >20 years sailing that I’ll have indulged in new sails:)
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