Small craft

Ian Oughtred Arctic Tern

(REF: 18398)


  • Designer: Ian Oughtred
  • Builder: Viking Boats, Ullapool
  • Year: 2012
  • Location: North East Coast
  • Length on deck: 17'
  • Beam: 5'5

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Ian Oughtred Arctic Tern

The Arctic Tern was designed by Ian Oughtred to be built in plywood and this was the first one he re-designed to be built in clinker timber.  She was built by Adrian Morgan and Mattis Voss of Viking Boats in Ullapool.  She sails well and won her class in the 2013 Caledonia Raid.

The original design was altered by Oughtred to reduce her length to 17′ to make storage easier for the owner.  In 2016 Oughtred designed a bermudan sloop rig for the boat which was fitted with all new sails.  This makes her a little easier to sail single handed and has not reduced her performance.

Varnished and painted inside and out in 2016, on a good trailer ready to go.

Private: Ian Oughtred ‘Arctic Tern’




Clinker Scottish larch planking,  top strake Scots Pine.   Sawn frames, keel, thwarts etc in larch.  Oak rubbing strake.

Dagger board is made of glued strips of solid timber,  rudder blade in plywood.

The hull is fastened with copper nails and roves, mastic sealant is used between the mating surfaces.   All timber was locally obtained from sustainable sources.




Bermudan Sloop rig on varnished wooden mast, boom, yard and oars made by Collars in 2016.

Stainless steel standing rigging.  Running rigging and sheets non-stretch synthetic and Dyneema.


Sails.  Made by North Sea Sails, Tollesbury.    Gunter main, and Jib.  Cloth is 7.7oz white Dacron, non-stretch cruising cloth.





3 buoyancy bags, in polycotton bags, fastened with Velcro to thwarts.

Full cover in polycotton.




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