A blog about dinghy cruising a Welsford 'Navigator' around the coastal waters of SW England
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 www.YouTube.com/c/plymouthwelshboy 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.
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. 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 our travels and adventures. Subscribe on this blog and at www.youtube.com/c/plymouthwelshboy for videos about dinghy cruising. I look forward to hearing your comments, tips and thoughts.
Is a clever little tool. It was given as a present and has been used a few times now. I am in the 'still getting used to using it' ...
John Welsford's 'Navigator' design
The 'Navigator' is a 14' 9" yawl with a beam of 5' 10". She weighs 309 lbs and has a sail area of 136 sq ft. Rigged with a standing lug sail, she has side, centre and front thwarts and space for four although she is an ideal single hander. There are a huge number of locker spaces. For more details about the design of navigators go to www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/navigator/index.htm
I have added two portable galley boxes, a collapsible sleeping platform, boom tarp tent and outboard bracket along with re-boarding straps. Details of all these adaptations can be found in various blog posts. Use the search blog facility.