The second Caledonia Yawl has recently been launched. She is modified from the plans slightly as her owner has some specific plans for her. She is going to be used for some long distance cruising, and so with that in mind we decided to build a deck at gunnel-level with a spacious, but dry cockpit in the middle. The side benches have been replaced with boxed in tanks to provide yet more storage/ and reserve buoyancy. She will carry the 3-sail Gunter Yawl rig, giving an easier rig to handle if sailing single handed. She has also had a number of re-enforcement’s made in key places to help her deal with the rougher conditions she is likely to encounter. With this rig she really sails very well, she points very high for a traditional boat, and really gets moving in a breath of wind!
Some kind words from the owner of "Rascal"
“It was a big day when Jonny handed over “Rascal” the Caledonia Yawl that he’d spent most of the previous nine months building. Jonny, Ben, Ed (my son) and I spent a few minutes sailing in the upper reaches of the Clyde before Ed and I took over the boat and headed for Tarbert. We reefed as it was blowing much harder than we would have liked for a first sail – it was the sort of fresh breeze where, in a brand new boat, you might expect something to crack or fail, but we needn’t have worried; we pressed the boat hard but she felt solid took everything in her stride.
We took the last of the ebb to Greenock, slept for a few hours then took the first of the ebb to Toward Point early the next morning. The wind had eased overnight so we shook out the reef and on a beautiful broad reach the boat skittered across to Bute and down the East Kyle – fantastic, fast sailing. With light headwinds it took us the best part of twelve hours to get to Tarbert and we had to get the oars out on more than one occasion (no hole in the hull for an outboard motor on this boat!). On the final approach to Tarbert the wind picked up and, with it being right on the nose, we short-tacked briskly through the harbour’s narrow entrance and sailed up to the dock.
With its red sails, varnished hollow spars, grey hull, ivory decks and interior and the most beautifully varnished cockpit coaming and brightwork, Rascal looked stunning – everyone loves this boat!
With Rascal, Jonny set himself the highest standard. The boat’s been built to be pressed hard in open water and Jonny and I would be surprised if there’s a more strongly built Caledonia Yawl. Wherever you look the quality of Jonny’s workmanship is breathtaking; whether it’s the leatherwork on the oars, the sprit or the gaff throat fitting, or the joinerywork on the coamings or the way the cockpit floors fit round the centreboard case, the sapele rudder stock and the lifting rudder blade or the beautifully laminated tiller, it would be hard to imagine any builder creating a more beautifully put together boat.
I’ve had Rascal a month now and having sailed the boat in pretty well every type of weather condition I have real confidence in this boat.”