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.

Friday, April 29, 2011


I got the coamings done yesterday.

After breaking several pieces of 6mm ply in an attempt to bend the sharp curve at the front, I finally decided to follow John's directions and make the piece from 2 layers of 3mm ply. I was hoping to make this piece from the same 6mm ply I used throughout the boat so I could varnish the coamings, but no luck so I will paint them instead.

I trimmed the forward coaming a bit to allow better access to the storage locker.

And trimmed the aft coaming a bit to clear the tiller.

I also got the rubrails finished.

Next up: Deck paint


  1. Terrific progress on the hull and it's nearly ready for are your spars going?

  2. Hi Rob,
    I've got the main, mizzen, boom and gaff built but not varnished yet. I haven't started the bowsprit, boomkin or mizzen boom, and I have to make a new tiller. I'm saving all my varnishing work for later when the weather warms and so I can do it all at once.
    I'm enjoying your book, and your vids very much.

  3. Thanks- and I'm enjoying your build, partly because I miss building mine. I keep wandering up to the shed and find nothing pressing to do....
    although I'm really enjoying sailing while the weather holds.