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.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises and click subscribe.
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

Friday, 18 May 2018

The sun is shining and the winds are good

I feel a day sailing trip coming on.....Arwen is packed and ready


Enrico said...

Everything looks ready for a great day Steve! And I see Arwen in a very good shape.

steve said...

Thanks Enrico - blogs and videos to follow
Take care

tmaccabe said...

Steve, I see oars but I can't imagine where one sits to row. I assume you did the centerboard option, so is there enough room for you butt/back when rowing? Any mods to support?

steve said...

TM, i remove the steering compass on the centreboard top, and put a big cushion on it. Then there is sufficient room to get rowing. Navigator was never designed for rowing long distances, so i tend to row short distances; if longer, then I motor. Many in the UK dinghy cruising association success a yuloh oar off the back of the transom - but with mizzen mast, boomkin, rudder head and motor - it already feels crowded!!