Among many others, I have long admired Iain Oughtred’s boat designs. I found photographer Kathy Mansfield has uploaded this stunning set of photos of a variety of Oughtred’s designs sailing in Scotland. Recently, I’ve been thinking more about building one of Oughtred’s designs, especially once I found you can purchase kits. I’m eager to find a boat that can be launched and loaded single handed from a beach(< 250 lbs?), and can hold four people with either two people rowing or enjoying a relaxed sail in Boston Harbor. I don’t know if this is really possible, but it’s my current fantasy. Sailing performance can be worse than rowing, but stability it very important, and the ability to handle big wakes and unexpected weather. Oughtred’s beamier double enders like his Ness Yawl look wonderful. There is a wide variety of choices in this range, both Oughtred designed and others. Regardless, these photos are just delicious.