Thursday, November 12, 2009

John Welsford Navigator

I like to check in from time to time with Steve and Bruce and their adventures in Spartina. They have made the Pathfinder, from the board of John Welsford, seem a worthy and sound boat for camp cruising. The lines of Spartina are impeccable!

A similar offering from John Welsford, is the Navigator, the original smaller design that the Pathfinder is based on. The Navigator was designed as a race training boat, and by all accounts has exceeded expectations.

A local Coot, Dave Hayden, is building a Navigator and recently shared some photos of his progress during the last year. He seems to think he's running behind schedule, but it looks like quite an accomplishment to me.
Check out Dave's Flicker site.

I love this stage in building a boat, when the shape first presents itself. Better than any sketch, is the concept first viewed in it's physical dimensions.

Navigator by John Welsford
LOA 4.5m (14ft 9in)
Beam 1.8m (5ft 10in)
Weight 140kg (309lbs)
Sails 12.6sqm (136 sq ft)

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