The first and second years that we (Alan and Carole Ellicott) owned Barbary Spirit we couldn’t really afford a cradle so I asked a long time structural engineer friend of mine (Andrew Allan) to design an economical alternative.

You can see the result below. All the structural timbers are 47mm x 75mm with galvanised straps to prevent them springing out. She didn’t move an inch and Rhyl actually had storm force winds twice that first year. Spirit actually weighs over 8 tonnes but she sits on her keel and so long as we have her restrained pretty vertical, we only have to worry about the wind forces.

Below is our new cradle

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