Arctic Tern Building Plans

Arctic Tern Building Plans


Usually in stock. More
info on this plan and/or hardware
lists Here . To convert this into
a Sooty Tern, you need to add the
supplementary sheets listed (PL-0168).


An artist at the Stornoway Festival said the Jeanie II reminded her of a tern. I suddenly realised what a graceful wee bird the tern is: very quick and manoeuvrable – a delight to watch in flight. So I decided on the name Arctic Tern for the revised JII design. This, the newest in the range of double enders, began as a 95% scaled-down Ness Yawl. Although originally drawn up with the same four-strake planking layout, it was decided to redraw the lines as a round-bilge hull with six strakes a side. This gives the boat an appearance closer to the traditional Shetland yoals. Four the more racing-oriented sailors, patterns are now available launch for a 5′ -1″ – 1.55m beam version – the same been as the JII but flatter and less flighty.

There is now a longer version – the “Sooty Tern” at 19′ 8″ (6m) with a raised shearline and increased sail area. The two extra sheets of drawings are available as a supplement to the Arctic Tern plans.

  • Length

    18′ 2″ – 5.52m

  • Beam

    5′ 5″ – 1.64m

  • Draft

  • Weight (kg)


  • Sail Area

    102 sq ft – 9.48 sq m

  • Time to build (estimate)

    250-300 hours

Additional information

Weight 0.495 kg
Purchase Options

Postal version (Printed), Downloadable PDF Version (Customer to print)


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