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 an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises together.

Monday, 29 January 2018

A sleeping platform for my welsford navigator

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