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, 19 March 2016

A bit more house keeping.......

the front hatch is now operational as is the under deck storage. This now contains stove, cooking gear, food box, spare cushions, sleeping roll, collapsible bucket, a spare clothes bag, a beach foldaway chair and wellies.  Far less clutter about but I still have both anchors stored in trays on the floor either side of forward centreboard area.

Everything else is in drybags in various hatches. If you ignore all the dents and dings, Arwen looks far more ship shape than in the past. I also managed to attach four large stainless steel eyes, two on each coaming, just forward of the rowlock blocks. Why? Well they hold a 3m 15mm diameter stiff but flexible gas pipe which forms a nice hoop over the cockpit. This, I hope, will help spread out the tarpaulin tent when I recut it in the next few weeks.

Every little bit, it all helps. Now all we need is some sun so I can sand down and paint the cockpit dents and dings and some coats of varnish on the mast. 

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