A blog about sailing a John Welsford
'Navigator' yawl around Plymouth Sound
in South-west England
Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England. Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".
My good friend Joel, over the pond, has posted about another navigator about to be launched. You can read Joel's post at http://navigatorjoel.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/another-navigator-nearing-completion.html Steve
My son has just completed his first big scooter journey; 20 miles across Dartmoor. At the other end, a pit stop to have a bacon Sarnie and chips with his good old Dad. "Stacey" did very well. She can reach 40mph, has a nifty turn of speed, handles well and feels well balanced and responsive. Not bad for a 50 year old. Sounds a bit like my missus!
I promised that I'd post on some iPad apps when I had had a play with them. Well I still have to test and evaluate the ones to do with sailing but I have been playing with one or two I like. One is called popplet. Essentially it is a simple mind mapping programme that allows you to add text boxes, photos and I'm not sure but will check, possibly video clips.
Another one is 'paper'. Now I do like this one because it allows you to do watercolour and pen sketches with merely a finger. I am no artist and not amount of practice will get to be one but he a a couple of attempts whilst out on Plymouth hoe last weekend. They are scenes from the Plymouth sound scenery; looking across to Drakes Island and also eastwards towards the Mountbatten pier and Jennycliffe bay. Forgive my amateurish attempts but it has been fun.
A welshman displaced to wonderful Plymouth in SW England; a novice sailor and boat builder with a passion for all things to do with the sea. My learning curve is vertical....but hey that's what makes life interesting isn't it! So follow my journey as I learn to sail Arwen,grappling with charts, tide tables and passage planning so that I can become 'a dinghy cruiser'
And by the way, just occasionally, little snippets about 'Stacey' our beloved 1968 motovespa super 125 scooter may feature along with odd insights into our family travels< but these will be kept to a minimum, I promise!
The 'Navigator' is a 14' 9" yawl with a beam of 5' 10". she weighs in at 309 lbs and has a sail area of 136 sqft. She has a standing lug sail. She has side, centre and front thwarts and space for six although she is an ideal single hander. there are a huge number of potential locker spaces. For more details about the design of navigators go to www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/navigator/index.htm