This blog is devoted to my John Welsford designed 15' Navigator yawl Ellie. I built her in my garage over a period of 18 months and launched her in 2011. She sports a sliding gunter main, roller furled jib and sprit-boomed mizzen. Her construction is glued-lapstrake over permanent bulkheads and stringers. This blog is a record of her construction and her voyages here in the Puget Sound area and (hopefully) a useful resource for fellow Navigator builders.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2012, day 3

Final day of the festival.

Without a doubt, the hit of this year's festival has to be James McMullen's "Bar Tender" dinghy.

I caught a glimpse of James towing his keg laden dinghy on the way into the festival on Thursday, then gladly accepted a brew after we had set up, but it wasn't until now that I had a chance to fully appreciate it in all its glory.  Beauty, brilliance, utility, usefulness, hops, barley.  It's got it all.  Well done James!


  1. With commentary by John "Mother of All Maritime Links" Kohnen!

  2. Um! I'm thinking if I build one like that over the winter , I'll finish it just in time for the Plymouth Classic boat show!! I could tow it around the Barbican alongside all those lovely old - now that's a cool idea!

    nice reports Joel; still GREEN with envy


    1. Jim said it only took him like 4 days to build. The design was originally a baby cradle.

  3. "Displacement is 20l of Newcastle Brown ale.." hahaha, fantastic!