Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 12: Sea Trials

Naturally it was an absolutely flat calm day when we took the CY out for her first sail. ­We put up the mainsail, but accepted reality by puttering around using the Torqeedo 1003 Electric motor.

The Caledonia Yawl's first sail

The Caledonia Yawl's first sail

She moves easily through the water.

Motoring along in the Caledonia Yawl

Motoring along in the Caledonia Yawl

Even without any wind, the sail from Nathaniel Wilson, Sailmaker, sets nicely. It’s not often that it is so calm you get an almost perfect reflection!

Caledonia Yawl

Alas, no wind

A few days later we tried again, but once more there was zero wind.

Caledonia Yawl

The 10-1/2 ft Sitka Spruce oars are in the long gray bag

Finally, on Christmas Eve we found a few puffs and were able to enjoy a brief evening sail.

Finally able to sail

Finally able to sail

Sailing into the sunset

Sailing into the sunset

We’ve delivered the boat to the happy owner, and now we start on our next boat – another Caledonia, this time with a balanced lug yawl rig. Stay tuned.

 

 

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