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As you know, the classic canoe yawls designed and built by David Moss don’t come on the market that often, but David has informed us of two currently for sale.
One is a 15-footer, 3/4-decked and lug rigged on main and mizzen. Some of you may like me have seen her ‘in the flesh’ at Beale Park in the summer. She is in immaculate condition, comes with a good road trailer and also has a Flover electric outboard with battery, for those averse to rowing; but having owned a David Moss 15-footer myself for some years in the past I can tell you she’ll row very easily.
The other is a raised-deck 18-footer yielding a roomy interior. She also has a good road trailer and has been well looked after by her owner. She needs a bit of varnishing, mostly on the spars, but David will do all that is necessary to put her back in new-like condition before she leaves. She is fully equipped for coastal cruising and has a comfortable two berth cabin with Taylors cooker, Portaloo, hanging locker etc.Her engine is a 6.5hp Yanmar with hydraulic motor driving a 3-blade prop.
Both boats have been favourably reviewed at length in Water Craft magazine; they are at David Moss’s yard in Lancashire for the winter, or until sold. You can read more on David’s web site under ‘Pre-owned Boats’, and you can reach him on 01253 893830.
Designed and built by David Moss, in sizes from 13ft to 25ft
Since the 1980s David Moss has been quietly building traditional-style canoe yawls, in sizes from 13ft to 25ft, at his yard near Fleetwood in Lancashire. Construction is strip-planked Douglas fir with a hardwood skin, with a fairness of hull often mistaken for a GRP moulding. He works from half-models, does not produce or sell plans, and has built up a small but dedicated following for his boats, which embody a remarkable standard of detail and finish. A Moss characteristic is a reverse-turn in the waterlines aft which imparts the cleanest possible ‘exit’, and the minimum possible wake. Taking commercial advice David applied a brand-name, ‘Sea Otter’ to the range, and the creature is depicted on the mainsail of each boat, and embodied in the grip of the laminated tiller which surrounds the mizzen mast. Pictured by Kathy Mansfield (kathymansfieldphotos.com) is the editor’s former 15-footer with gunter main, in the 2002 Great Glen Raid. We’d love to show more Moss boat photos – if you have any!