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Chester Yawl


Category: Rowing Craft
Chester Yawl

Boats like the Chester Yawl were used as working craft in 19th-century.  Efficiency was critical in these human powered craft, so they evolved easily driven hull shapes.  Working watermen weren’t immune to good looks, either, so these “livery boats” were often beautiful.  The most famous of the type, the “Whitehall” boats of New England, are still considered a touchstone of small craft elegance.  The Chester Yawl is based on the Whitehall and adopts its distinctive plumb bow and “wineglass” transom.

This LapStitchTM design's long, graceful sweeps of plank achieve a hull shape of striking beauty, glittering performance. At 15’ long, the Chester Yawl is about the right size for easy trailering (or even cartopping), and the payload of 450 pounds means that two or three adults may safely set out for a picnic or even a camping trip.

Construction is straightforward, within the reach of anyone with a little woodworking experience. 



DESIGN SPECS
Designer:
John C. Harris
Year of Design:
2001
LOA:
15'
Beam Length:
42"
Draft Length:
8"
Displacement:
Hull Weight - 100 lbs.
Materials:
Wood
Fiberglass
Other
Propulsion:
Oars
Skill Level to Build:
Intermediate
Cost:
$1350 Complete Kit
Website:
Contact Information:

1805 George Avenue

Annapolis Maryland 21401
Phone: 410-267-0137

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