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

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Sailors canvas riggers ditty bag

As promised, version two is on its way. Scroll down the previous page of blogs to find all the details about how to make one, or look it up in the month of August 2019 on the right hand menu.

I have made a number of slight alterations from the first one and I discussed these possibilities in the previous blog posts.

But for now, here is a progress report - straighter stitching, better grommets, nicer design.

Just have to install the plywood base and tack it all together with copper tacks.

the first effort - not bad but not good enough either

the image model for the second effort!

Cloth cut to size - seams and fold lines marked on - accurately and folds done and creased

Pocket material cut and marked out to size, correctly folded seams

top seams stitched correctly, holes cut, correctly
and grommets stitched more accurately and neatly

Going for a toggle and loop handle affair

More updates and pictures to follow - hope to finish it in the next few days 

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