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  • #35016
    Ben Fraser
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    Hello,

    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.

    Happy sailing,

    Ben.

    #35042
    Jerome FR – W447
    Participant

    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!
    Welcome again!
    Jérôme

    #35046
    Jonathan Ferguson
    Participant

    Hi Ben,

    Welcome to the association! Wherabouts in that corner of Scotland are you based? I was up there earlier this year…

    #35056
    Ben Fraser
    Participant

    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?

     

    #35159
    john1162
    Participant

    Hi Ben,

    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.

    #35181
    Jonathan Ferguson
    Participant

    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.

    #35336
    Ben Fraser
    Participant

    I’m really chuffed to say I’ve bought W10454 and towed her home from Liverpool.

    #35348
    Jerome FR – W447
    Participant

    What fantastic news, Ben!
    In what condition is the boat? Ready to sail? Or it needs some care?

    Jérôme

     

    #35381
    Ben Fraser
    Participant

    Hi Jerome,

    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.

    #35415
    Jerome FR – W447
    Participant

    Fantastic!
    Do not hesitate to share pictures with us.

    Jérôme

    #35476
    Corinthian
    Participant

    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.

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