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, December 6, 2011

A little Reminiscing

What a wonderful summer 2011 was! "Ellie" was launched in July and it's hard to believe we had so many wonderful adventures in only half a summer.  The sailing season here is over, but as winter approaches we look forward to next spring, and more adventures to come, with great anticipation.  I've gone through my photo collection and selected my favorites to help me reminisce.  I hope you will join me.
Maiden voyage and my Son's first sail
At anchor in Fossil Bay, Sucia Island State Park

 Beached at Sucia, with engine trouble!
Giant clump of seaweed sucked into the engine.
Moored at Matia Island while we head off to explore
My Daughter Heather's first sail.  Returning from Blake Island
"Ellie" rests at anchor as Mike "Doryman" Bogoger snaps
photos of John Bigelow in the William Garden "Eel" behind her.
On the opposite side, Rick and Judy's Welsford Houdini "Gertrude"
Around Sucia "Race"

John Welsford at the helm, Port Townsend WA

My wife Cindy and I aboard Ellie.
Howard Rice, Denny and John Welsford aboard Scamp
The "Grand Sail By", Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
 Here's wishing you all Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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