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.

Thursday, 28 June 2018


Scratch the overnight at Torpoint mentioned in the post below. Having hit a submerged log up river above Calstock (despite keeping a sharp eye out ahead), I've managed to put a split across the transom bracket and taken a chunk out of the rudder. It sets me back a couple of weeks worth of repairs. For those of you saying 'will teach you to row', the channel was narrower than I expected and rowing Arwen long distances or for a long time is tricky!

Anyway, I will post blog diaries over next few days and video vlogs will appear in the next few weeks.

Suffice to say it was an excellent trip. I met the crew of one of our MOD police boats who came alongside for a ten minute chat; some Royal Marines in their ribs as they went woodland camping and training; a visit to two lovely old boatyards and an old Victorian quayside.  The new galley box got its on-board christening as well.

And, better still, I only used the motor twice and spent much of my time ghosting along under sail 3 or 4 m off the mud banks. Kingfishers, herons, egrets, ducks, moorhens, salmon, salmon netters, buzzards, water voles, gig rowers, a barge community, old boats, restorations and much more to come.

Now, time to clean off the river residue off Arwen and to go repair the transom bracket..............and check the damage underneath the hull.

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