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.
A vexing question. How do I best transport mast, mizzen and sails on Arwen when towing her?
Up to now I have had something similar to that used by Daveejay on his navigator 'korora' but I only made a rough set and they are starting to fall apart and need replacing.
At present I rest the masts on cushions on the coaming fore and aft and tie them down. It works but it takes time tying them on and off.
Dave's cradles and his lovely navigator can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/davejay/4414077191/sizes/l/in/photostream/ So do I go with something similar again or could I try this method which I have sketched on the iPad. It would rest across the coatings fore and aft and the front of he masts and sails would then rest on a similar cradle whose vertical post would slot into the mast hole on the front deck. I dunno.......so if anyone has some advice or tips on best way to carry mast etc; or which of the two methods I have mentioned he is best.......then do please let me know as I'd like to make the cradles ready in time for Easter........which is only two weeks away! Steve
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.
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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.