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

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 be it. 

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