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Built by William J. Clements in 1988, this wooden sailing canoe is patterned after the canoe yawl designed by George Holmes in 1888. This is a 13 footer, with a Springfield folding fan centerboard that allows the boat to be rowed. Boats built by Clements are known for their attention to detail, and this example looks to be no exception.

George Holmes lived from 1861 to 1940 on the northern side of the Humber estuary in Northern England. He was an avid and accomplished sailor in small craft of his own design, in British waters and in mainland Europe, and his prolific writing and drawing have left an absorbing and charming record of his cruises, his boats, and the people and places he encountered.  His name is forever associated with the development of the Canoe Yawl, now enjoying a renewed popularity. Its sailing qualities make it arguably the best choice of craft for the single- or short-handed coastal and estuary sailor.

The seller provides very little information, but from our digging we believe this boat to feature a folding caned seat for use when rowing, Shaw and Tenney oars with leathers, a black locust tiller, boomkin, yokes and cleats, bronze oarlocks, pintal, gudgeons and fastenings. The woodwork is beautiful, with cherry stems, cockpit coaming and king planks, with ash and spruce deck framing and mahogany rub rails.

Find this one here on Craigslist in Albany, New York for $8800.

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