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".

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Another test

I've had a great day. I've had to sit my compulsory basic training certificate again. It expires every two years. So it's been a busy day doing figure of eights, emergency stops, u turns, clutch control etc etc. then two hours road ride through heavy city traffic.

But it is done and 'Stacey' our 1971 motovespa super 125 behaved impeccably. Phew!!


Rik said...

No no more wheelies with the vespa?

steve said...

Funny man! If only my friend. Sadly stacey is well capable of them...her owner on the other hand is not.......he'd embarrassingly slide off the end and plonk his ar..... On the road!
How is your sailing going?

Rik said...

The trick is to keep your feet on the pegs so u can break the rear wheel (if you feel falling backwards is imminent) and the weight of your legs stays in front. Never mind. Be safe.

Sailing is awesome. Travel is keeping me off the water too much. But if they did not fly me off the island i would not get any work done because I would be on the water the whole time.

I have added 25kg fixed ballast in lead form. Some water containers will be added when necessary. She is a very solid sailor.