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".

Monday, 14 May 2012

Some regular readers will recall that I am giving considerable thought to installing righting lines on Arwen. You can see my first musings at

Well, having read this article which was posted on 'Duckworks' June 'webwatch' page.......I'm giving considerable thought to righting lines.  However, what really caught my attention was the discussion about wearing life jacket vs. buoyancy aid when on extended coastal cruises. I also mused on this some time ago

Although this essay is 1999, the lessons I suspect are still valid even if clothing technology has advanced somewhat in 13 odd years. It's worth a read - so go to but remember I found it posted on the Duckworks site so be sure not to miss this amazingly useful website at


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