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

Friday, 17 December 2021

winter maintenance on a wooden dinghy

The two previous posts outline the saga of the wet rot on part of the coaming and the subsequent repairs i have had to do. 

Today it was sanding and tidying up the plywood patch and giving it another twenty four hours curing time. Tomorrow, the first of the undercoats and pre-kotes will go on. There need to be around 10 coats of paint to build it back up to the paint layers either side. 

Off come the clamps and protective tape strips 

Everything seems to have held and cured correctly despite it only being 10C or so 

Might actually be able to get away without having to do any fairing compound stuff! 

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