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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2014

The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival was fantastic.  My wife and I had a terrific time seeing all our old friends again and meeting so many new ones this year.  Here is a short video compilation that I made with just a few of the many sights I was able to capture when I was able to sneak away from displaying Ellie.


  1. What an elegant and creative film Joel. Love the camera work. An amazing event. As always extremely with envy.
    Out of interest, what was the rectangular silvery thing on Ellie's starboard or ward outside deck.


  2. It's easy to make a great PTWBF film. Just point the camera in any direction and press "Record". It's a magnificent festival, every year.

    The silvery thing is just a sign in a plastic page protector, taped to the deck. The sign tells the attendees a little bit about the boat, like the owner, designer, year built, length, beam, and history. Mine reads "Ellie is a John Welsford designed Navigator yawl built by Joel Bergen in Mukilteo, Washington. She sports a sliding gunter rigged main, roller furled jib and sprit-boomed mizzen, all rigged for easy access from the cockpit. Her anchor well and large watertight storage locker under the foredeck make her an ideal camp cruiser and daysailer"

  3. Very nice video. Now i get to enjoy the beautiful boats at the festival from this side of the world.
    Thank you Joel.