a canoe yawl which we think would be a more
suitable craft for those who wish to go canoeing in salt water than the
present narrow beam canoes. Canoeing is a noble sport; and far more fun
can be had out of them than any other small craft. But canoes have been
held in the vice of racing rules altogether too long. Why should the
beam be limited to 28 or 30 inches?
England had a similar rule for her
cutter, and for many years six and eight-beam cutters were all the go
-- yachts 30 feet long, in which two men could hardly get past each
other down below.
Is that yachting?
The same may be asked of canoeing. The Indian birch is the
origin of the canoe. But why take a boat built for quietly stealing
across inland lakes, or so as to be carried across from one lake to
another on the Indian's shoulders, and try and navigate the rough,
heavy waters of the sea coast in her? For cruising down the inland
rivers and lakes, we say build just the kind of canoes that are now in
use; but don't try and be a big Indian, Wah ! Wah ! on the broad
water is so cross. and hits with such force, that to sail decently in
it you want all the weight you can get to give the boat some momentum.
How often have you seen those little cockleshells on the Bay trying to
beat to windward, but like the light butterfly, their structure is too
delicate to combat the elements. They cannot point, the seas buffet
them and knock out all the headway. See them trying to come about. The
minute they head the wind they stop, and when they stop the rudder is
useless. Then you see the crew do some box-hauling with the sails, and
after a tedious process she does fill on the required tack. But it
takes an acrobat to do the contortioning necessary on the end of the
hicking-board to keep her from laying her sails flat on the water. The
moment sheets are started however, there is nothing of the size that
can touch a canoe. Yet it is delicate work to keep them from rolling
over. And all these cranky features are due to one element, the lack of
Beam has been limited to allow of paddling, because
Indians paddled, and for those who are content to paddle, the present
canoes are just the thing, but for the benefit of those who wish to
have a small boat that has the good points of the canoe, seagoing
qualities and ease of transportation, with the bad points corrected, we
offer this design.
16 feet on LWL.
16 feet 7 in. overall.
4 feet 4 in. extreme beam on deck.
3 feet 11 in. extreme beam on water
13 in. extreme draught.
128 square feet sail area.
The construction of this yawl will be the same as a canoe,
and the cost should be very nearly the same.
Her displacement is made heavier on purpose to meet the
requirements. She will need about 300 or 400 lbs. in shot bags, and
with a crew of two will carry all the duffle necessary for a long
We offer a suggestion in the way of arranging the cockpits:
A small steering well aft, 2 feet 6 inches long
by 2 feet 4 inches wide. Then a short deck is allowed to get a couple
of beams across to stiffen her and support the mizzen mast. Forward is
a sleeping cockpit 6 feet long, 2 feet 6 inches wide, over which a tent
can be rigged as shown in small sketch, and made into comfortable
A long tiller is shown in plans, though the regular canoe
steering gear can be fitted if preferred, but we strongly advise
keeping the deep rudder, or else a canoe drop rudder.
For a rig we give her 128 square feet of cloth, 20 feet in
the jib, 60 feet in the mainsail, which has the sharpie batten is to
spread the clipped after-leach and 48 feet in a leg of mutton mizzen.
Her main mast is 15 feet 9 inches above deck and mizzen 13
feet 6 inches; mizzen sprit is 8 feet 3 inches; main sprit just 7 feet;
bowsprit is 2 feet outboard ; the jib-boom is 5 feet 2 inches long; the
jibstay is to feet 4 inches above deck on the mast.