Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
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On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Monday, 29 January 2018

Dinghy cruising: building a sleeping platform for my Welsford navigator dinghy

Thanks to Joel Bergen for this design which he did for his navigator 'Ellie'.

I now have a semi completed sleeping platform for my aft port cockpit side. The sleeping platform slips under the thwart 3cm coaming overhang and then rests on the slotted uprights. The whole lot can be taken part and collapsed into the floor well where flat straps hold them secure.

So a bit more sanding and then several layers of varnish. finally some thin neoprene strip will be stuck to edges to act as 'cushioning'.

I look forward to testing it come Easter!


Enrico said...

This is a great idea! You increase the range of your sailing voyages and have more fun!

steve said...

It was Joel's idea - brilliant concept

Joel Bergen said...

Looks great, Steve! Nice and sturdy. I need to re-make mine out of thicker plywood.

steve said...

hey Joel, belated happy new year - how is retirement going? I may have done overkill- 12mm ply but we'll see; just finished Danish oiling it all. Now waiting for weather to improve so can go camp cruising