She is in

I towed the boat from Jon;s garden in Beccles for an hour along the A12 down to Waldringfield. No problems with the trailer - although I confess that the spare wheel has yet to arrive so I was a bit nervous. I stopped at laybyes as soon as the tailback built up. I droive her into the yard at Waldringfield boatyard
where Maerk carefully lifted her into the water. He also bought the bermudan rig that came with Katie L. It will be good to sail the Deben while being able to stand up.


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

18 Responses to “She is in”

  1. 14 April, 2017 at 8:23 amGraham Tipple says:

    Good to see you afloat again D

  2. 14 April, 2017 at 9:42 amTed Timberlake says:

    She is looking very smart. Did you do much work on her while off the water? Hope that you have fun.

  3. 14 April, 2017 at 1:54 pmWarren says:

    KatieL is a redicluously interesting boat. The “Drone” like views hanging in the crane show things I never knew, that cool anchor well, the small and very useful bilge keels, the pretty canoe stern, the ‘oh so modern’ cabin top, the lovely raked bow, proper cotpit coamings in a wide cotpit.
    It reminds me a lot of a long forgotten yacht Racundra that later became Adlard Coles first boat Annette11 (Many diffferences really).

    I just heard about The loss this year of Douglass Reeman
    One of my favorite author growing up
    Just had to mention

    Enjoy the Easter weekend sailing!
    Cheers Warren

  4. 14 April, 2017 at 11:51 pmAquaplane says:

    Lilly M is still where she was. And she is in the right place, still. But it’s raining still. And it’s miles from Dylan still.


  5. 15 April, 2017 at 5:42 pmEd says:

    Ahhh….Spring. Birds are singing, boats are splashing, life is good again. Now, I just have to get down to my boat and clean the winter’s accumulation of crud off of her.

  6. 15 April, 2017 at 8:55 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    YAY!! A wet KatieL… I’m looking forwards to your comments on sailing her with the masthead-rig after years using the gunter. I would guess that she’ll be a bit closer to the wind going uphill. A taller, higher-aspect rig compared to the gunter?

    She does have a lovely underwater profile and shape…

    I’ve looked for something equivalent here in America, but the trailer-sailer market here is driven by different design-requirements. Instead I have my eye-out for one of these;

    Shallow-draft and beamy, with a full-height cabin and a decent displacement for carrying gear. The cat-rig was traditional for coastal and back-bay sailing in my local waters before WW2. Some carried a small 10-ft bowsprit and yankee-jibs for sail balance and easier tacking. In talking to knowledgeable persons, one key is not only trimming the sails, but also adjusting the centerboard. And 2 or 3 slab-reefs to control that massive mainsail. Generally around here you sail from a broad-reach to close-hauled. Rarely do you sail downwind for very long except in really-light winds, so Chinese gybes are less of an issue.

  7. 15 April, 2017 at 9:48 pmMalcolm says:

    Great to see you afloat Dylan hope to see you on the Deben. Was you in any of the races today?

    • 16 April, 2017 at 8:38 amdylan winter says:

      I think my racing days are done. The old blokes here race squibs

      I think I am too old for an OK dinghy – I might buy a laser and race that on quiet days.

      We shall see

  8. 16 April, 2017 at 11:36 amTim says:

    Dylan you (and others) are never old too to compete in this race.
    It’s not the winning but just finishing!

  9. 18 April, 2017 at 2:17 pmRoss says:

    Great to see you back afloat Dylan, here’s hoping for a “Sunny Suffolk” summer!

  10. 18 April, 2017 at 9:30 pmPaul Mullings says:


  11. 19 April, 2017 at 9:12 amDavid Claassen says:

    Nice to see you back in the water. I am pining away watching “Logan’s Run” sit on her trailer, waiting.

    • 20 April, 2017 at 7:47 amdylan winter says:

      yesterday the wind finally quit enough for me to raise the mast on the mooring and take Katie L for a sail for the first time this season – engine went bang but who cares – I used the little honda instead

  12. 23 April, 2017 at 12:19 pmHillary Corney says:

    Really glad to see you back on the water again Dylan happy sailing Hillary

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