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Published on May 8, 2008
Boats like the Chester Yawl were used as working craft in 19th-century. Efficiency was critical in these human powered craft, so they evolved easily driven hull shapes. Working watermen weren't immune to good looks, either, so these "livery boats" were often beautiful. The most famous of the type, the "Whitehall" boats of New England, are still considered a touchstone of small craft elegance. The Chester Yawl is based on the Whitehall and adopts its distinctive plumb bow and "wineglass" transom.