Journeyman dinghys have been designed and built by Graham Cross and Megan Ward, who set sail from South Africa in 2015 onboard S/V Onyx a 1972 Phoenix 42 sloop which was home built by Graham's grandfather H.E Cross. At some point on their voyage they realised that their inflatable was not long for this world. Graham wanted to build a nesting sailing dinghy, and started looking at the options. Having 10 years working experience in boat design in cape town, nothing quite satisfied his desire for a tender with maximum stability, high load carrying capacity and utmost simplicity. He designed the Journeyman while cruising the Eastern Caribbean, and upon arrival in Panama in 2018 they ordered the CNC cut sheets of plywood from the United States for the first 3 Journeyman dinghys, one for themselves, one for some boat buddies and one to sell to cover the costs. the first dinghys were built behind the bathrooms in the Bocas del Torro marina amid clouds of mosquitoes and chitras (no-see-ums). After they were completed he was convinced by some jealous cruising friends to build more, and so made the mold for the fiberglass version.