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

Monday, 24 September 2012

Tiller tamers on small dinghies

I've posted before about using a tiller tamer on Arwen. I used the design from the Dinghy Cruising Association and if  you look back through the list of posts on the right hand side you will find several references.

Robert, another navigator builder has also been using a tiller tamer and he has posted some useful video clips on you tube. You can see these below:

Robert's video clips show the tiller being used on different points of sail. He was sailing in 6 - 14 knots on a 30 mile round trip which lasted some 5.5 hrs with an average speed of 4.5 kts.
These are really useful videos, showing a well balanced and well crafted boat. my congratulations and thanks to Robert for taking the trouble to create and post them

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