Boat almost left with awkward load (7)
I believe the answer is:
'boat' is the definition.
(I know that gondola is a type of boat)
'almost left with awkward load' is the wordplay.
'almost left' becomes 'gon' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'with' says to put letters next to each other.
'awkward' indicates anagramming the letters.
'load' with letters rearranged gives 'dola'.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for gondola that I've seen before include "Traditional rowboat of Venice" , "It's traditionally used on the canals of Venice" , "Venice craft" , "Boats on the canals of Venice" , "Venetian transport" .)