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.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

More SCAMP news

Remember the notice I posted a month ago about how you can build your own Scamp with John Welsford himself?  This opportunity has gotten even better. Renowned small boat adventurer and Small Craft Academy teacher Howard Rice will also be a senior tutor along with John. Howard will also be available to take participants sailing in the evenings. So not only can you learn to build a Scamp from the designer himself, you can learn some of the tricks and skills of sailing it from Howard. More info here.

A quick look at the Scamp Registry shows that 134 sails have been registered to date. Nearly 20 of them are right here in the Puget Sound area.  Sail #131 belongs to Julie, who just started a blog to document her Scamp build.  Julie says she fell back in love with sailing while vacationing in Maui, and fell in love with Scamp when she returned. She promptly ordered the plans and just started construction. Julie says she's obsessed, misty-eyed and has a bad case of the "buildies".  Welcome to the club, Julie! I know exactly what you're going through!  Check out Julie's blog here.


  1. Thanks for the shout out, Joel! It's good to know that I'm not alone with this boat building affliction.

    Hope to have more updates on the boat building soon! This week's weather forecast looks amazing, should be the perfect week to make some decent progress.

    1. My pleasure Julie. Building my Navigator was one of the most enjoyable projects of my life. I know yours will be too. I think a lot of potential Scamp builders are looking forward to following your blog. Thanks for sharing it with us all.
      Wishing you joy with your build.