Suitability for Purpose
by Tom Pamperin
John Welsford and the art and science of boat design
John Welsford has become something of a worldwide phenomenon over the past decade. His small boats are designed and built for small budgets, but they’ve carried their owner-builders on grand adventures. His 14′9″ lug-rigged Navigator design began the Welsford phenomenon, selling over 700 sets of plans. Newer designs are gaining similar notice.