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 2 April 2020

Boat magazines

Some of the boat magazines have generously discounted their publications during the coronavirus crisis. Two worth taking a look at are

Small craft advisor - a lovely magazine and they are offering a period of time for free subscription and download of some back copies and then a years discounted subscription fee by 50% - see their details at

Contact them and see if it still being offered.

Another one is small boats monthly, an online magazine

Contact them for details as well

Meanwhile - the Dinghy Cruising Association journal is held at the printers, for obvious reasons ad so the DCA committee arranged for it to be sent as a PDF. I was really keen to get this edition - part two of my article on cruising the Tamar and Lynher rivers is in it. Nice to see it in print. Too long, too wordy but you have to start somewhere I guess.

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