Caledonia Yawl
Reina del Llano (Queen of the Plains)

Designer:  IAIN OUGHTRED of Scotland
Builder:  K
Location:  Portales, New Mexico, USA

Rendering (in progress) of the Caledonia Yawl made from study plans published in WoodenBoat magazine number 101 (August, 1991).
Sail area (gaf)

170 sq ft
340 lbs

Boat Construction (click on images for more)

Part I: Building Frame, Moulds, Inner Stems, and Keelson


 Part II: Planking


Part III: Finishing Outer Hull


 Part IV: Hull Turning


Caledonia Yawl - Crazybird

An Australian adventurer, sailor, and owner of the Caledonia Yawl, Crazybird, has attracted an informal international group of Caledonia Yawl enthusiasts. His name is Nick Grainger. Please visit Nick's website, which is dedicated to many aspects of the Caledonia Yawl and other Iain Oughtred designs:

All about the Caledonia Yawl Crazybird

Nick's introduction reads:

Crazybird, a Caledonia Yawl, is an open wooden sailing boat just under 20ft long with two masts, three sails and no engine.

She looks like an old style fishing boat with her gaff rig, tan sails and traditional lines but actually she was built in 1993 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia by Richard Munt, Neville Roberts and Wei Ming Wu (the original Crazybird).

The Caledonia Yawl design is by Iain Oughtred, a popular designer of small wooden sailing craft based on traditional lines but recreated in modern materials. This site contains lots of information about Caledonia Yawls and Crazybird in particular.

Welcome aboard...
Nick Grainger

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