|Cherub II designed by Albert Strange. Image courtesy of The Albert Strange Association and the book, Sail and Oar by John Leather (Conway Maritime Press)|
Because of my dinghy cruising background, I was immediately taken by the simplicity and snugness of the canoe-yawl concept and I was hooked. The initial exposure to Cherub II came because my good friend and dinghy cruising accomplice, Ian Hamilton, showed me a copy of the beautiful little book, Sail and Oar by the John Leather. The subject matter in the book was right up my alley, but my favourite chapters were (and still are) the ones about Albert Strange and George Holmes.
The definition of a canoe-yawl is fairly loose, with some people saying that the craft simply have to be sharp at both ends, and be yawl-rigged. However, a number of canoe yawls are rigged as ketches and sloops rather than yawls, but the famous designer, L. Francis Herreshoff said that the term 'yawl' when applied to a canoe-yawl referred to the 'yawl boat' hullform rather than the rig. One of the most beautiful canoe-yawls ever designed was L. F. Herreshoff's Rozinante, which was rigged as a ketch.
|Sail Plan of the original Rozinante as depicted in the book, The Compleat Cruiser by L. Francis Herreshoff (published by Sheridan)|
|Lines drawing of the original Rozinante as depicted in the book, The Compleat Cruiser by L. Francis Herreshoff (published by Sheridan)|
Rozinante rigged as a yawl. This sail plan was drawn by the Americanboatbuilder and designer, Doug Hylan
...to be continued