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, May 13, 2014

Pull and be Damned Small Boat Messabout

This weekend's messabout is one that I've been looking forward to for quite some time.  I'm really excited.  It's called Pull and be Damned and it will be held at Seafarer's Memorial Park in Anacortes, WA.

Looking over the posts on the Woodenboat forum, it looks like there will be an impressive selection of drop-dead gorgeous sail and oar boats to drool over.  There will be a potluck bar-b-que, and an optional overnight campout on nearby Saddlebag island.

The event is organized by legendary sail and oarsman James McMullen.  I'm looking forward to hearing firsthand about his recent epic capsize off Port Townsend.

Hopefully the weather will hold out because I plan on taking lots of photos and videos!


  1. Love the title of it!
    I remember reading about James McMullen. An awesome capsize which set me off thinking in all directions about stormy weather sailing in a dinghy. He should be excellent listening! if you get any tips let us all know won't you.
    Have fun Joel
    Soooooooooooo green with envy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You lucky, lucky man!!

    Arwens Meanderings

  2. Hoi Joel,
    Tell James his tale made me decide on aluminum spars. I thank him for telling it.
    Have a awesome time.

  3. Will do, guys. James is probably the most knowledgeable sailor and boat builder I've ever met. It's hard to walk away without learning something new from him.

  4. Looks like a good time Joel. Keep an eye out for Barry's blog entries on our annual camp sail. This year 11 boats & 13 guys.

    Kevin B. on Slip Jig

    1. Looking forward to hearing about it Kevin. Thanks for the heads up.