Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in review – Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawl

Caledonia Yawl at sail

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. Caledonia Yawl insideThis 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.

If interested, the web site The Caledonia Yawl Crazybird has Dale’s story of coming to own the boat, as well as his and other cruising stories.

1 Comment for “Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival in review – Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawl”


Tim, you are right! What a shame we didn’t connect. In fact that could be me in the upper left corner of the picture of Rebecca Ann. I too was struck by the size of the yawl, especially the beam. But my aesthetic favorite is still the Arctic Tern. Send me an email and I’ll let you know if I’m coming down your way for an event. You should meet Rick and ELF. Great piece! It was my first time there, next year I’ll try to go on Friday and camp, or hopefully bring the little daysailor. If you get an Oughtred please let me know.


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