Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises and click subscribe.
On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

'Stacey' update

Get this........'Stacey' is just about to pass her M.O.T. You have no idea what a huge milestone this is unless of course you have been following our two year journey trying to restore a 1971 motovespa 125 super scooter. 'Our' means me and my son! It is his scooter. We knew nothing about scooters when we took this on. We still don't! However, through the help of the vespa forums and Granddad (well done Granddad); along with tonnes of support and encouragement from our school caretaker Kev (who owns many pieces!) we have finally made it to the end.

from this.................
We sent it to a place called 'Two wheel Technics' here in Plymouth where Rodney has been a gem. He checked 'Stacey' all over. Then he sorted out the flywheel, the lighting and the gear cables for us because we had got them wrong. 'Stacey' now starts; idles correctly, sounds good and has been driven at 20 mph with no problems. The speedo works too. Rodney is a master technician and a very patient and understanding guy! this coming back from sprayers

The end is in sight!  Now we have to do our CBT tests and get the head gear! Then, of course, we have to learn how to ride her!!

to almost finished

I hope we have done the old girl justice in our restoration of her



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