|Length||19 ft. 6 in.|
|Beam||6 ft. 4-1/2 in.|
|Approx. Weight||575 lbs.|
|- Lug Yawl||164 sq ft.|
|- Gunter Sloop||160 sq ft.|
|Capacity||1-6 adults, or a cub scout troop and leader - dog optional|
Play the short (about 90 seconds) video and see a Caledonia Yawl tack and jibe.
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This open beach cruiser was designed by Iain Oughtred to be easily rigged and sailed single-handed, yet also be suitable for bringing the whole family, too.
The double-ended hull is based on the traditional lines of Norwegian open boats. She is seaworthy and comfortable, with a spacious interior. She is capable of carrying large loads yet light enough to be easily handled in the water or on a trailer. Her shallow draft allows her to navigate shallow waters under sail or by paddle or oar.
The generous sail area of the balanced lug rig means she will perform exceptionally in light winds, still sailing in gentle breezes that have forced lesser boats to resort to oars or the outboard. With her reserve buoyancy, full ends and strong sheer, she will take a bit of heavy weather in relative comfort and safety. When the wind builds, three reefs are available in the foresail and two more in the mizzen to improve performance and comfort.
The balanced lug rig is easy to set up and handle for the single-handed sailor. It is easily reefed, and in a sudden squall can be dropped altogether quickly and easily. The mizzen helps balance the boat and assists in sailing to windward and tacking. It is also useful for keeping the boat head to wind while stowing gear and raising or reefing the foresail.
With a beaching rudder, and easily raised centerboard, the boat can be sailed in shallow waters, right onto the beach. This is one of the many features making this boat ideal for day sailing, exploring and picnicking. The floorboards are easily removed without tools to allow for easier cleaning of the interior.