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".






Thursday, 26 May 2016

A new video from Roger Barnes President of the Dinghy Cruising Association

Roger Barnes has posted another in his excellent series of dinghy cruising videos. This one is about a recent DCA rally on the River Exe which sadly I wasn't able to attend due to weekend work commitments.

The YouTube link is here https://youtu.be/ySY4O3XAwCQ

There was also an interesting discussion of sorts on the DCA Facebook page about the merits or otherwise of having an outboard on a dinghy. A variety of views were fairly expressed for and against them.

I use the outboard more than I should and it does prevent me from learning valuable skills. On the other hand when I sail, I need to know I will get back before the end of day. Most Sunday's I have to work. When I retire I will leave the motor behind and develop those skills I currently lack. Latestness back won't be an issue then. I don't see the outboard as a safety thing. Safety is a state of mind, an alertness to the role of weather, tides, topography, traffic and many more things. As I have oft discovered, an outboard can get you into trouble faster than oars or sail! And they aren't always as reliable as one would hope.

Until then, it's a compromise. I try to use it as little as possible but when needs must......so be it. 

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