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

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Making a canvas 'sail ties' storage bag

Sail ties? What to do with them after unfurling your sail?
In the past mine have been dropped somewhere in an 'out of the way' corner of the cockpit - a crumpled heap of tape, ready to trap the unsuspecting foot.

But now, they won't! Instead they will be quickly stored in a new, convenient 'sail ties storage bag' that will hang from the inside of the front starboard side coaming - within easy reach since I always unfurl my sails from the starboard side of the boat (don't ask me why - no idea).

30 cms long, 25 cms high 
two sides simply stitched together
1.5 hrs work whilst listening to afternoon Radio 4 programmes 

Having run out of waxed thread, probably a good thing, I am now planning a sea man's duffle bag and maybe a new wallet. In the meantime, I have no excuse for not tackling the three steep lawns and trimming back the hedges and woodland area. Rats!


Lester Searle said...

Hmmnn,I do all my sail handling on Leighton from the starboard side also - odd isn't it? Doesn't matter what the wind is doing I find myself standing on the starboard bench beside the centreboard case.

steve said...

Hi Lester. Glad it isnt just me :)