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".

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Some photos from the last few days.......and some really good news

we have been out and about on our bikes. We visited Fowey a few days ago and then we have pottered around. Here are a few photos from the last few days.

Firstly, it was delightful to see my young friend Jenny's prints on display at the National Marine Aquarium. Jenny is extraordinarily talented and she does tapestries which are turned into prints. It is unique stuff and truly stunning. She has her own website and her work is also on display at the 
Kaya gallery on the barbican 
Jenny's website is 
Check it out. It is worth seeing.

These quick snaps just don't even start to do justice to her work. 
Wait until you see her mackerel shoal, turtle and octopus!

Fell in love with this lovely cottage at the head of  Readymoney beach below

All Fowey fans will recognize this beach. I was checking it out to see if it would make a great overnight dinghy camping stop off  in the summer

The adapted outboard bracket that I discussed in a previous post. The rust staining is irritating and comes from some 'stainless steel' washers I bought off ebay......that will teach me!
This is all a temporary fix until I can save up to buy a new properly made outboard transom bracket

It was nice to see this group getting a drascombe underway

although I am worried that this jib looks to be upside down....
but then I have few years experience so what do I know?

Trust me, Arwen is much more tidier than last year. 
I know its difficult to believe from this cluttered shot.........

String, way, way too much string. Great when the kids were young. Plenty to pull on but now?

She is a pretty boat.....but then I am biased! 

And the view from my table this morning, whilst having a cuppa down on the Barbican Wharves

And what is the good news? Well the Transat Race starts in a few weeks time and it is setting off from Plymouth and guess what...the boats arrive on a Saturday and they set sail on Bank Holiday Monday.....and I will try to be out on the water with camera and GoPro. I will also try to visit the Transat village each evening during the week which also coincides with the Barbican International Jazz Festival. Obviously I will post videos, photos and commentary here.
Quite exciting isn't it.


Anonymous said...

You cannot dry out on readymoney over the summer as they put a floating barricade across.

You could dry at polruan beach or I would sneak on the pontoon if not to busy and make for the lugger. ;-)

steve said...

Ah well another good idea bites the dust
Thanks for the heads up