How to reef a Broads yacht

these are some instructional videos put out by Martham boats on the Broads - we used to rent one of these each year with the kids when they were five and seven - diamond days.

This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

9 Responses to “How to reef a Broads yacht”

  1. 20 July, 2017 at 9:36 amStephen Mundane says:

    Beautiful boat and I love the “pop top”. I once suffered the ignominy of bumping in to a classic Broads wooden yacht while failing to stern moor at Ranworth Staithe — luckily there was no damage or anyone at home at he time! Almost as good as the time I ran aground on Hickling Broad trying to get a closer look at the thatched boat houses…was towed off by a kind man from Whispering Reeds boatyard down the road after being rescued by a retired Colonel in a reed lighter — not quite diamond days but all grist to the mill eh.

  2. 20 July, 2017 at 4:43 pmEd says:

    Great vid demonstrating why jiffy reefing was invented.

  3. 20 July, 2017 at 11:00 pmdylan winter says:

    it is a bit of a faff – but well worth it I reckon.

  4. 22 July, 2017 at 2:43 amChuck says:

    Is that the boat one would find at Hunter’s Yard?

  5. 22 July, 2017 at 7:46 amdylan winter says:

    it is – they have a fleet of eight or nine yachts

  6. 25 July, 2017 at 5:49 pmDave Barker says:

    I don’t think so, Dylan. Hunters and Martham yards are two different operators. Hunter’s fleet all have a dark varnished finish, Martham’s have white topsides and it is their boats featured in these videos.
    When I was nobbit but a lad I went sailing with the Boys Brigade on the Norfolk Broads every Easter and have sailed boats from both yards. Great to know they are still going strong and amazing to see that some of the boats that I sailed on in the 60’s are still with them.
    Dave B.

  7. 25 July, 2017 at 8:57 pmPete Bragg says:

    Started on keel boat “Hustler”…2 Berth after watching your film of the 3 rivers race Dylan. Hunters is such a special place, not an engine in sight They have 12 cabin boats and half dozen half deckers. Dodging the plastic “stink boats” or not on the twisting narrow rivers is good sport. I have 2 scalps in 4 years hehe. Take a look at the “instructional” videos and listen to that boootiful Norfolk aakkcent. Pete

  8. 26 July, 2017 at 8:08 pmTed Timberlake says:

    Besides the Hunter boats being without an engine, just sails and a quant, they are also without electricity, with lighting by oil lamp and cooking on a gas stove, the later their one concession to a more modern means. Great experience for young and old, and those in between!

  9. 20 August, 2017 at 4:28 amTed B. Charging Rhino says:

    They present the mast evolution as being as easy as raising an umbrella. The counterbalanced mast and tabernacle is a brilliants adaptation. No muss, no fuss…

    And an excellent, lucid explanation of reefing. I’m continually amazed when talking to sailors who thing it’s some arcane black art. Its not…

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