Arwen's meanderings

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".






Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Another navigator approaches a launch date

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

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Somewhat to my amazement........

I managed to pass my CBT today for the scooter. The humiliation of failing given that number one son passed it last week would have been unbearable.
Phew!

Steve

Saturday, 9 February 2013

"Stacey" comes of age


His first big adventure

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!



Steve

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Navigator stingaree is for sale

www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/yachts-sail-boats/small-sailboats/auction-559353710.htm 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Forgot to add the sketches





Some iPad apps

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.

Steve



Friday, 1 February 2013

Well here is a moment we have waited for

Number one son on his very first scooter lesson
Steve