Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The Navigator by John Welsford

We have this on our cut files already,so a fast delivery is possible of this seaworthy small craft that can be towed to your sailing destination,no club fees and if kept at home,no yard fees either! the plans are U$220 or around R1818 with postage,they are in stock I think too,as we keep a selection of Johns plans on our shelf year round.A kit price is on application as material prices vary.

I have just checked,we have the Navigator  plans in stock,also the Sherpa,Rifleman,Joansa,Truant,Walkabout,Houdini,thats a decent selection of Johns plans.


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Cruiser — daysailer — race trainer

Navigator has turned out to be the surprise package of the whole bunch, 300 plus sets of plans in today’s market is a lot! Navigator was designed for Boat Books Auckland’s proprietor Tim Ridge as a race trainer to serve the needs of a local club!

Originally she had the rig shown on the study print below, a crew of three teenagers totaling about 150 kg was intended, with its big sloop rig and shallow draft centerboard, to reward good sailing technique in a fairly open and windy club venue. There have been quite a few of these built, and I am told that they are very good boats, much enjoyed by their owners.

But, the surprise came with my friend Bob Jenner who came to me wanting a long range cruising dinghy just a little bigger than his Rogue.

We sat down for a browse through my drawings for some inspiration and Bob was very taken by the hull and internal layout of Navigator but wanted a rig with very different priority.

We took the standing lugsail that Bob had liked from Rogue, powerful but very simple and easily handled this is a good sail for a cruiser, we then looked at a means of balancing the boat in severe wind conditions as well as trying to make the boat as easy to sail as possible

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