HOWB 116 – Interview | Iain Oughtred, Small Boat Designer Extraordinaire

by admin on December 19, 2013


This episode is an interview with renowned small boat designer Iain Oughtred of the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Iain grew up in Australia and discovered sailing in his teens.  He began sailing on a wooden Vee Jay sailing dinghy, next he was onto an Australian Scow Moth, and then to a  Gwen 12 sloop.  Iain raced Gwen 12’s for 6 seasons, quit his model maker job, and built 7 Gwen 12’s of which he kept 3 for himself.

During a visit to the UK,  he toured Scotland with friends and set foot on the Isle of Skye.  He knew at that moment the Isle was where he belonged and determined to return one day.

After working for a Naval Architect in Australia, he eventually made it back to the UK and then to the Isle of Skye and continued his boat designing and building endeavors.  Iain has 116 designs to his credit and these beautiful and functional boats are being built around the world.  You can buy plans at

There is also a biography about Iain titled – A Life in Wooden Boats.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Iain.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

Oughtred designed Loch Fyne Skiff built by Adam Way.  Iain at rudder.  Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred.

Oughtred designed Loch Fyne Skiff built by Adam Way. Iain at the rudder. Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred.


10' 8" Sticlkleback canoe.  Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred.

10′ 8″ Oughtred designed Sticlkleback canoe. Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred.

Thanks Iain for taking time to record the interview.  Best to you all in your wooden boat adventures!

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