Nic Compton's new volume on Ian Oughtred, published by and available now at WoodenBoat
Iain's Elf, after the Hardanger Faering
A sailing version of the Acorn Skiff, the design credited with 'making' Iain's career
courtesy Jane & Pete Peterson
The Arctic Tern, says Iain, is a 95% scaled down Ness Yawl. These boats take their inspiration from the Shetland Yoals, but are lightened and narrowed for faster recreational performance. This example has a gunter sloop rig, giving increased windward performance
courtesy Classic Marine
Jeanie II, the prototype for the Arctic Tern, named for Iain's mother.
The Arctic Tern profile drawing as found in Iain's design catalogue, a desirable piece of literature, which can be ordered from Iain . Find his mailing address below.
For comparison, here's a photo of a Shetland Yoal, a foureen from about 1895 with a high peaked lugsail, found in " Inshore Craft of Britain" by Edgar J. March
Interor view of a JII or Arctic Tern built by Andrew Kitchen
courtesy Sailing New England
One of Iains most popular designs, the Ness Yawl
this photo was originally taken by Owen Sinclair from his Welsford Navigator and is of John Hitchcock's Ness
Bumblebee Pram, courtesy Strathkanchris
Here's Iain sailing a sprit rigged Elf
Cover of Iain's design catalogue which is in itself a formiddable work of art.
Order from iain direct at the address given below.
Albannach, or Alba, Iains own Ness Yawl, is now for sale. Details here.
I believe this boat has won a Glen Raid or two
A Wee Seal at the Port TownsendWooden Boat Festival (I have no idea what year)
Eun Na Mara
courtesy Classic Marine
Haiku, Iain's interpretation of Ralph Monroe's noted sharpie Egret
There's an article on the designing and building of this wishbone cat ketch to be found in Water Craft #61
I've included this photo simply because I found it compelling, a Ness or Caledonia Yawl, most likely, but I was intrigued by the extended stem and stern posts, a more traditional Norwegian detail
Author Nic Compton, in colusion with WoodenBoatBOOKS and Adlard Coles has produced a sumptuious feast of a biographry about Iain Oughtred, his life and his designs. It takes one from Iain's early years in Melbourne and Sydney, his migration to Britain and his participation in the wooden boat revival there, and his eventually settling in his adopted homeplace, beloved Scotland. It also chronichles the arc of his career and follows the development of his design philosophy. The book also includes a beautiful design catalogue. Copious photographs accompany and illustrate the text. Biographies are often slow going, even a bit moribund, but for me this one (so far anyway, I haven't finished) reads more like a thriller, pulling you forward, wanting to find out what happens next. Iain started his sailing career as a racer and has not denied these roots in his design, even as he turned more and more to maritime tradition for his inspiration. His entire ouerve has seen him grounding his designs in seaworthy tradition while updating them for contemporary use, building techniques and speed. He has been instrumental in putting forward the lapstrake plywood/epoxy building program (he wrote a book on this technique), and his design always takes into account the homebuilder. Mr. Compton has knit all this together into a flowing narrative that stays out of the way and allows the story unfold like a satisfying afternoon sail. Highly recommended. Iain Oughtred's life is and has been an extraordinary journey and this book is testimony to it. Amazon is taking orders, but you can get the book now at WoodenBoat. I suggest you do so. Iain doesn't maintain a web presence but some of his plans are available through WoodenBoat, Classic Marine, Jordan Boats UK or directly from Iain the old fashioned way, here:
Isle of Skye
Tel: 01470 532732
Iain is selling his Ness Yawl, Albannach, offered on the Jordan site.