Dan Dan Canoe Yawl Man

Dylan – Here is a picture of Molly Mogg, a Rob Roy 23.


The boat was supposedly inspired by the Humber canoe yawls.


She is new to us, so we are still getting to know her, but she seems to sail very well.


In case you need a diversion, I put a video link to another boat of ours, Stray Cat.   She is a Sea Pearl 21, also a double ender with a split rig.   The video was of a 300 mile race down the west coast of Florida, and is very poor quality, but was the best I could do with a very old digital camera.   That was by far the best sailing experience of my entire life.

I hope you can continue sailing.  Your videos are really all I watch on my telly anymore.

This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

5 Responses to “Dan Dan Canoe Yawl Man”

  1. 13 March, 2017 at 4:01 pmTed Timberlake says:

    I really like the Rob Roy. A very nice piece of design. I am a sucker for yawl type rigs. Interesting that she is in the States Dan. How did she get there as I thought they were just built in the UK? Mind you that would not stop sending one over. Just recently involved in shipping a Devon Yawl from the Netherlands to near Detroit which was fairly straightforward. Ted

    • 13 March, 2017 at 6:32 pmdylan winter says:

      I think they are wonderful looking boats. The humber yawl blokes used to put their yawls onto railway cars to go sailing in exotic places – and as deck cargo on steamers.

  2. 13 March, 2017 at 11:34 pmDan Bickford says:

    Ted – Molly Mogg was custom built by Marine Concepts in Tarpon Springs, Florida for the original owner in 1999. She is full of wood and bronze and character. The buyer was involved in every detail of the year-long building process, and I have all the written correspondence between the buyer and the builder. Best part is my wife of 28 years finds the boat to be very comfortable. We had been sailing/beach camping with a 21 ft open cat ketch dory named Stray Cat (a Sea Pearl 21 also built by Marine Concepts.) Stray Cat took care of us for 12 years in all sorts of weather conditions, but at about age 53, the beach camping became a bit uncomfortable for both of us, and so she basically became a day sailer.

    We recently bought the Rob Roy for some weekend cruising, and we have had a blast bringing her back into shape and sailing her out of Savannah, Georgia. As you can tell, I have an affinity for split rigs on account of the shorter spars and the options they provide in higher winds. I realize the the yawl rig is not the most efficient sail plan, but I’m not racing her, and my wife Becky likes the secure feeling she gets sitting in a boat with real ballast and a real cockpit. If the wind gets really strong, we strike the main, and truck right along under jib and jigger.

    Thanks for the interest.


  3. 14 March, 2017 at 9:50 amTed Timberlake says:

    Thanks Dan for your input. I was so wrong in my recall about the Rob Roy 23 – never trust an old bloke’s memory. I was sure that she was designed and built in UK. When I checked out some old magazine cuttings and then the internet, all was revealed. She was design in the USA by Ted Brewer in 1980, and from what I have gleaned there were two production runs with some 100 or so built. I was part right about being built in the UK, as Honnor Marine, who built the Drascombe series of boats, built at least one, but the trail then went dead. Seems the UK one had an inboard diesel, while those in the States had an outboard well, and possibly some had inboards. Interesting. Nice boat. Ted

  4. 14 April, 2017 at 2:08 pmWarren says:

    There was also a larger version a 28′ sea pearl
    Quite similiar to KatieL
    Cheers Warren

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