I have mentioned the presence of one of Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawls at the festival. I had previously only seen the design in pictures and it was a thrill to get a up-close-and-personal with the boat, one of my favorite designs. This one is REBECCA ANN, built by Geoff Kerr in 2002 and owned by Dale Davenport of Linville, VA. Some observations:
- The Caledonia is much bigger in real life than she seems on paper or screen. That isn’t a bad thing at all – she seems more substantial for cruising or going out in a little weather than I expected.
- She looks even better up close. I guess many boats look better in the water with sails flying, but she was exceptionally so to my eye.
- The interior layout just screams adventure. This is a boat you could load up and go somewhere with a few people. She could take you into shallow-draft waters and out across some open water.
- I need one.