Devon Yawl

The Devon Yawl class turned

40 last year and is still going

strong. Built in GRP with

mahogany seats and thwart

and a simulated clinker hull,

this 5m (16ft) dayboat is stable,

heavy and sturdy, thanks to her

51kg internal ballast and 68kg

centreplate, which together

give her a ballast ratio akin

to that of a modern cruising

yacht. She is a beamy boat

with a large, roomy cockpit

that can easily accommodate

four adults. But despite her

heavy displacement, this is a

surprisingly responsive and

rewarding boat to sail in light

airs. A variant, the Devon

Dayboat, has a cuddy cabin on

the same hull for overnighting.

Devon Yawls are still built by several yards. There’s a strong class association

and active fleets on the Exe, Yealm and Dart rivers, in Pembrokeshire and

in Chichester Harbour.


LOA 5.57m (18ft 3in) LOD 4.88m (16ft) Beam 1.88m (6ft 2in) Draught 1.37m (4ft 6in)

with plate down
, 0.28m (11in) with plate up Displacement 436kg (950lb)

Class association