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TWO David Moss Canoe Yawls For Sale!

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.

NUTMEG David Moss 18ft Canoe Yawl — SOLD

Vince Powell has written to us of his David Moss canoe yawl. Readers will know that these glorious little gems are like hens’ teeth (yet your Editor has owned two of the few in existence) so I doubt she will linger for long on the market.
‘Nutmeg’ is a 17′9” David Moss Canoe Yawl: A Gaff Yawl with Bowsprit and Bumpkin. She is beautifully built ( really a work of art) and maintained, and easily single-handed. Construction is  Columbian pine strip plank overlaid with Khaya veneers, epoxy encapsulated. Keel and floors of Iroko. Cabin coamings  in Iroko. Lead Ballast keel of 1100lbs with galvanised steel centreplate. She draws about 12″ with centreplate raised. She is a remarkably stiff, dry and weatherly craft. She sails equally well in light airs and heavy weather: 2 reefs provided in the Mainsail. Aux. power is provided by a recent Tohatsu 4hp fourstroke outboard with remote tank. She sleeps 2 in a very cosy varnished cabin with 2 burner spirit stove. A 12v battery provides power for masthead and cabin lights. There is a portable toilet. She comes together with a 4 wheel yard trailer with docking arms to assist launch and recovery; this can be used together with a flatbed trailer ( easily hired ) to transport her. She also comes with considerable additional equipment to make her ready to daysail or cruise. She could probably be kept on her existing inexpensive (drying) pontoon mooring in Chichester Harbour if desired. Asking price is £16000 which reflects her excellent condition. See the rest of this post for more pictures. Use our Contact form if you’d like to contact Vince.

Sea Otter

Designed and built by David Moss, in sizes from 13ft to 25ft

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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!

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