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 www.youTube.com/c/plymouthwelshboy to find our most recent cruises together.







Tuesday, 10 April 2018

spring launch time approaches

so...here are some winter reflections.....of a sort.............lots got done, if not done well!


from this CAD

to this..........

and the finished thing......a galley box for Arwen




The rudder got some TLC






as did the mast and the mast fixings



Frayed ropes and halyards got rewhipped


A new sleeping platform was made, Danish oiled and varnished




Life jackets and PFD's were checked and cleaned




Square spars were rounded



varnished, painted and had leather bindings put on 

and halyard rings were lashed in place



The outboard bracket was repaired and refurbished. Let's ignore the fact that I put it on back to front!!



All that remains is the attaching of eyes and setting up of re-boarding loops; and the installation of two knotted righting lines under each side deck

and some extra strengthening blocks in construction to reinforce where these eye bolts will go 

and of course, that ever nagging issue,
the painting of interior and exterior hull!!

Phew. Nearly there!

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