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Classic One Off Humber Yawl

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6.40m (21'0")


Wood carvel

Underwater profile
Lifting keel

1 x 0hp, Minn Kota electric (2012)



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Extra Details

Designer George Holmes
Builder J.A. Akaster of hornsea
Lying Horning
Last survey 05/08/2013


Engine 1 x 0hp
Engine make and model Minn Kota electric (2012)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Steering Tiller
Drive Outboard
Prop(s) 3 blade plastic
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

present owner added electric outboard
to reduce weight.


LOA 6.40m (21'0")
LWL 5.79m (19'0")
Beam 2.18m (7'2")
Draft Min 0.61m (2'0")
Headroom 1.52m (5'0")
Storage Dry storage


Gaff rigged Alan Staley main and Mizzen Wood spars (2012) with stainless steel standing rigging (2012)


Mainsail Wilkinson - Other (2012) Fully Battened,
Headsail Wilkiinson - Furling (2012)
Other sails Mizzen Wilkinson (2012)
Spare main Wilkinson make (1991)
Spare headsail wilkinson make (1991)
Spare mizzen wilkinson make (1991)

1991 sail suit were unused and still in sailbags
when boat was purchased in 2007

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: shore power


Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Finish Paint finish

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

1 anchors
10.00m (32'10") of chain

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This is Eel !
Designed by George Holmes in 1896 and built by J.A.Akasters of Horsea in1897.
She is not a copy She is the real thing.
A beautiful little canoe stern Gaff rigged Humber yawl in gorgeous condition, a piece of maritime history launched 28 years after the Cutty Sark and representing a major turning point in the design of small cruising yachts.
Has been obsessively restored by her present owner to the tune of £66,000 (all the invoices are included in the sale), from 2007-2013 the boat builder himself has known her since 1963
She is Larch planking on English Oak with Iroko topsides and a Douglas Fir main and mizzen she has Wilkinson sails .
This is the boat written about in Holmes on the Humber, there are also printouts from Classic boat and Yachting monthly going back to January 1915 about her trips. She is also written about in the Albert Strange Association (A good friend of George Holmes ) about a trip around the Baltic
When I first got this listing and started asking questions about a humber Yawl everyone connected with Boating immediately said "you mean the Eel" !!
She is a lovely shape and anybody with a love of classical wooden boats would be hard put not to fall in love with her on sight. The only modern detractions on the vessel are a Waeco battery charger and an electric outboard to make manouvering on and off her mooring easy.
The articles in the photo section are only a tiny example of all the documentation that comes with the vessel. which also includes a copy of Holmes on the Humber.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Classic One Off Humber Yawl has been personally photographed and viewed by Howie Daniels of Boatshed Norfolk. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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