A type of sailing vessel with two masts, the smaller aft mast stepped abaft the rudder post and used to hoist a mizzen sail.
The origin of the term 'yawl' is uncertain, but it is believed to have come from the dutch word 'jol' meaning 'small boat'. the first recorded use of the term was in the 17th century.
- The yawl was a popular choice for recreational sailors, offering a balance of speed and maneuverability.
- The yawl was designed to be sailed single-handed, with the smaller aft sail making it easier to handle.
- The yawl was a versatile vessel, capable of sailing in both light and heavy winds.
- The yawl was often used for fishing, with its shallow draft allowing it to get close to shore and the mizzen sail providing stability when hauling in heavy nets.
- The yawl was a traditional workhorse of the sea, serving as a cargo vessel, fishing boat, and pleasure yacht.