Sea Minor, a John Welsford Navigator.

This blog is about Sea Minor. I'm not sure about the name but that is what she was been called by the man who built her and changing a boat's name is a tricky business because you have to avoid upsetting Poseidon the god of the sea.

Sea Minor is a Navigator, a boat designed by John Welsford. Her vital statistics are: overall length 4.5m (14ft 9in), beam 1.8m (5ft 10in) and design weight is 140kg (309lbs). You can read more about this design at http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/navigator/index.htm.

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

WBAQ Messabout at Caloundra

The title of this post might appear a bit cryptic to the unitiated so a few words of explanation. WBAQ is the Wooden Boat Association Queensland Branch of which I am a member. The WBAQ organise regular "messabouts" which are gatherings of people with wooden boats for the purpose of messing about in boats. As Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Graham's Wind in The Willows  "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing  about in boats; messing about in boats or with boats. In or out of  'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."

This was a 2 day messabout with around 15 boats, mostly sailing boats but there were rowing boats, canoes, put-put's and an outboard powered "tug". The weather was perfect, bright sunny days and enough wind for sailing, sometimes with reefed sails.

Lots of photos were taken by other people and I may add some of these later when I get my hands on them. In the meantime, here are a couple showing 2 of John Welsford's Navigators sailing in a stiff breeze. My boat is the blue hull. The other boat belongs to my friend Rick.


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