Caledonia Yawl

Caledonia Yawl

LOA: 19’6″ | Beam: 6’2″ | Draft: 11″

This fine boat is for sale on for $10,550.  Seems a little pricey to me, but I admit I don’t know a lot about these boats. She sure is pretty.  I’m sure this sliding gunter (or is it a high-peaked gaff?) rig with tanbark sails gets attention wherever it goes.

I don’t know much about this design, and there was a surprising lack of information I could find through Google, but I did find this bit of history.

Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawl was inspired by the Shetland Foureen, a traditional Shetland four oared sailing fishing boat, which itself has its origins in Norway.

Traditional Shetland Foureens are a very rugged boat indeed, built of solid timber, clinker style with a full length dead wood keel and often carrying 500kg of internal stone ballast. With no trees growing in the Shetlands, and thus no wood for boat building, they were supplied to the Shetlands in kit form from Norway during the last century.

Here is a YouTube video of a Caledonia yawl with standing lug rig on the main.

Such a stout hull.  Proud and seaworthy.