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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Ellie

It was one year ago today when Ellie was launched. What followed was a magnificent year full of adventures, like Ellie's four day adventure camp cruising to Sucia, a mere week after her first launch. Winning a trophy. Her exhibition at the Port Townsend wooden boat festival.  Sailing with her designer, John Welsford.  Wonderful daysails to favorite places like Blake Island, Cama Beachoyster feeds, paloozas and nowhere in particular.

How do you top a wonderful year like that? Maybe you can't.  But sometimes you can repeat it.
The agenda this year will be every bit as wonderful as last year.  Once again, my Son and I are headed to Sucia for the Sucia Small Boat Rendezvous.  It's less than two weeks away! If you have a small boat, any sort of small boat, join us! Check in at the Sucia yahoo group for details.

Ellie will be on display at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival again this fall. And her designer John Welsford will be at the festival again this year too.  I'm looking forward to seeing a Welsford Pathfinder "Gunvor" which will be on display at the festival.

Here's to you, Ellie. I've owned many, many boats over the years, but I've never enjoyed a boat as much as you.

Happy Birthday Ellie!


  1. hey happy birthday 'ellie'.
    joel where has the year gone?

    i checked my logs - Arwen will be five years old in August - wow!!

    have a good birthday celebration sail - will be thinking of you

    arwens meanderings

  2. They say "Time flies when you're having fun". It's true!

  3. Awwww, happy birthday, beautiful Ellie! Congratulations on such a fine year! I'm looking forward to sailing with you one day- you, on your beautiful Ellie, and me, on my stubby little SCAMP.