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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ellie's Second Voyage

Ellie, my Son and I had a spectacular sail today!  We sailed 17 miles, consistently sailed at over 6 mph upwind, and hit 8.5 mph on a reach!  We circumnavigated Hat Island.  A remarkable sail on a remarkable boat. This video is a bit long, but we hope you enjoy it!

Note:  The speeds noted in the video say Knots but they are really Miles Per Hour. I discovered afterwards that my GPS was set wrong. Oops!

(double-click twice for fullscreen)


  1. I really enjoyed that Joel, thanks.
    She sure is a wonderful boat.

  2. Wow Joey I am so proud of you. Your boat is so beautiful and I was so excited to see my Godson Timmy and Cindy. give them both a kiss from me.And your website is wonderful and alot of fun thank you. your sister Brenda