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

Thursday 8 August 2019

New shrouds

Dyneema seems to be the way to go and the chandler assured me that 5mm diameter would be ample. So I went ahead and managed to obtain some end of reel cuts - slightly assorted size lengths but the same colour - they were bundled and on the 'off-cuts' table - discount price.

Of course, none of the lengths were the 'right' length and so some fiddling around was required.

On the other hand, when tightened up by lashings there was a rather satisfying twang to the shrouds - barely any give or slack at all and so I am assuming the slight sag in the fore-stay will now disappear.

It's a BIG assumption. But next trip we will find out.

New shroud telltales as well

Not pretty but I think they will work 

No comments: