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, 23 January 2016

To lash or not to lash......this is the question

I had to seek advice during a fit of paranoia and as normal John Welsford had the patience of a saint and answered. My dilemma, how to attach the clew to the aft of the sprit boom. Three options came to me as I walked past some boats the other day

Option one: just attach it to an eyepad with a stainless steel carabiner.
Option two: lash the clew to the eyepad using three or four mm white braid
Option three: have it on an outhaul which runs back along the boom to a jam cleat

For years it has been lashed to the boom as per John's plans and this has worked well so I really don't know what bought on a fit of uncertainty. However, after a chat with John I concluded that possibly the best of two worlds would be better i.e have a lashing of braid onto a carabiner which can then be attached to the clew.

Of course I then implemented this action which took a pleasurable twenty minutes to fulfil and then twenty minutes later realised it was a futile gesture because I can't detach the sail anyway because of the reefing system.

Still as 'her indoors' said, it kept me busy and out of her hair for a bit.

I think I have said before that if God had given me a brain, I would have been dangerous!


Paul Mullings said...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, or, if it isn't broken don't fix it!

steve said...

Paul, there is so much truth in that statement. How are you...well?