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Spray rushed past the gleaming fiberglass hulls. A pod of bottlenose dolphins wove its way through the competitors. Perennial winners Richard Dimmit, Bill Welch and Mike Albert were leading the pack, and had already opened up a four-boat-length lead on the rest of us.
Kurt Stocker and I, sailing Kurt's 5-year-old catboat Ragtime were dead last. And not happy about it. To be fair, Kurt and I are more accustomed to pushing around ton keelboats than 1,pound catboats. He is a former commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club with more than a few Chicago-Mackinac races under his belt as well as a gold ring in his left ear signifying his rounding of Cape Horn in I am a proud owner of a year-old, foot Endeavor ketch, a boat built more for comfort than speed. We were both having a hard time adjusting our large-boat sailing style to the quick but temperamental cats.
And Kurt and I were determined to improve our dismal position even if it meant renouncing our big-boat driving ways and opting for a kinder, gentler hand on the tiller. In all fairness to Kurt, it was more my lack of skills than his that had resulted in our rear-end position.
The second race of the day proved no better when we hit the leeward mark at the start, took the requisite penalty turn, and then watched the rest of the fleet hightail it to windward while we were stuck in irons trying to sort ourselves out. As we rounded the windward mark, still holding firm on another last place finish, disaster struck, but not to our boat, but a boat a few seconds ahead of us, veteran catboat racer Charlie Chapin's Buttercup.
In a flash, Charlie's boom became entangled with the sheets of another boat. Before you could say sandpiper, Charlie's boat had capsized, spewing year-old Charlie, his wife Kay and daughter Nancy into the degree water.
We rounded up into the wind to offer assistance to the waterlogged crew, while others returned to put a line on the sinking boat. The result of our good samaritanism was a DNF for the second race, but we felt good about our quick response to the potentially dangerous situation. The history of catboats stretches back to the early s, when generations of hardy watermen depended on these stable, beamy boats to bring back bountiful catches of mackerel, swordfish, cod, scallops and lobster while plying the waters around Cape Cod, Narragansett Bay, Long Island Sound and New Jersey.
Larger catboats were also used as pleasure craft and ferries. Some of these boats reached longer than 50 feet in length and carried upward of 65 passengers. Few of the early wooden catboats survive. As a class, catboats are identified by a broad-beamed design with a retractable centerboard and a sail set well forward. Most catboats employ a four-sided gaff sail; while some sport a more conventional three-sided marconi rig. Generally, the beam of a catboat is half of its length.
No one knows for sure how catboats got their name, although legend has it that early catboat designer Herbert Crosby once remarked "these boats sail quick as a cat. Writing in The Rudder magazine inpublisher Thomas Fleming Day opined: "If there is truly an American vessel-mind you I don't say rig-that deserves being described as the national type, it is the catboat.
Catboats come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny foot-long Barnstable and Chappaquiddick cats to the more commodious foot Atlantic City Cat with standing headroom. Through the years, the boats have earned a reputation as being comfortable daysailers, spacious cruisers and sure-footed racers. Indeed, the catboat's shoal draft and spacious cockpit make it ideal for gunkholing where the water is thin and the yen for adventure is high. There is increasing interest in catboats in coastal Georgia, the Carolinas and California.View All Sailboats.
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Marshall Cat 22 Catboat. Marshall Sandpiper. Dell Rapids, South Dakota Asking:. Americat Catboat.The Marshall 22 catboat and her sloop-rigged sister have been in production for over 40 years—one of the longest running continuously produced cruising sailboat designs ever.
During the period, understandably, the builder has made many changes. Gasoline engines have been replaced with diesels, horsepower ratings have crept up, interior layout has been modified the bottom layout shown being the current versionand fit and finish have gone through several iterations generally toward fancier wood trim. Still, the Marshall 22 remains essentially the same boat it was infeaturing shallow draft two feet with board up for gunkholing or lying on the bottom at low tide, and a good length on deck for a catboat.
Hoisting the sail on a bigger cat can be a pain for a singlehander—and a smaller cat has a lot less space below. Best features: She looks like the pretty Cape Cod cat she is; skippers are likely to get frequent compliments while cruising. There's a good network of other catboaters, especially in the northeastern states, for those seeking nautical camaraderie. Worst features: Compared to her comps, headroom is low. Also: the Marshall 22 cat has a reputation for being a bit sluggish in light air; well-sailed Marshall 18s can beat her handily.
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It doesn't matter if you are just for the first time looking into going boating, this boating guide will get you on the right track to a fun filled experience. Get My Free Ebook. Boating Secrets Uncovered If you're wanting to learn about boating. Related Category Sailboat. Responses Teigan How fast can a marshall 22 catboat sail? Post a comment Name Comment it upMake Crosby Classic Catboat.
The Silence Dogood is a rare Crosby catboat in good condition for her age. Engine Make: Westerbeke Length Overall: 25 ft. The Silence Dogood is a classic wooden sailing and lobster fishing vessel with 25 feet of space overall and is slightly over 10 feet wide and draws 3ft board up and 6ft. She is classically gaffed rigged, wooden from bow to stern, and fitted with many traditional features.
Also included in this sale is the sail. In The Crosby Boatyard was established in in Osterville, Massachusetts and was the first to build a catboat designed for New England waters.
The Silence Dogood was rescued from freshwater in New York State and was used as a commercial sailing vessel in Maine see 1st and last photos. We purchased it in March from Maine and had it transported to New Iberia, Louisiana where it has remained.
We re-caulked, re-painted the hull and upgraded the Westerbeke engine in shortly after purchasing it. It was used as a recreational vessel in the bayous of Louisiana since Original Edson steering gear, mahogany wheel. Photo 7 shows the mast and boom. The catboat is in good condition. It has leaks in the hull which need to be repaired but has otherwise been maintained. Please ask any questions that you may have.
This is a local pick up only. Sale price does not include transportation of vessel to buyer's location. This listing price is for the sale of the catboat only. Buyer is responsible for transporting catboat from the present location in New Iberia, Louisiana to their desired destination. Photo credit for first and last photos: Jesse Archer.When I was 9 years old, my father chartered a catboat from a local boat yard in Maine. My memory of that sail is vague, but many years later when I became an avid catboat aficionado, my family would remind me of it.
The following is the story of how I evolved into a catboat sailor and builder. My father introduced my brother, sister and me to sailing sloops in the early s. A few years later, he was able to buy the boat of his dreams, a used foot shoal-draft, wooden ketch.
From the beginning, he had set a goal to learn all that he could about sailing offshore and exploring ports he dreamt of and read about in the stacks of National Geographics in our home. So the journey began. All school vacations were sailing trips.
We sailed south in the fall and north in the spring by way of the inner coastal waterway and eventually made our way offshore.
So like many kids with sailing parents, my destiny was written at an early age: I would learn to love to sail. I am very grateful for the experiences my father shared with us and the trips I had as his crew or as skipper on his and other boats.
There were many learning experiences that for a young kid became a way of life. The following is a random stream of sailing memories:. All of this would not have been possible without a father who had a dream as a young man to travel the world by boat and share the experiences with his family. For me, it was extra special because I learned that the tough side of my father was intended to make me a better person. In hindsight, I now realize that some of the more difficult moments we had were meant to be building blocks for me to mature and grow at sea, by way of many meaningful and rewarding experiences.
There are many more stories I experienced with my father, as well as on other boats, that made sailing seem like a big wild adventure. I took the offer and settled in Maine for four years to pursue my version of a college education.
I worked side by side as an apprentice to Arno Day, a fourth generation boat builder and a true master of his craft. When the apprenticeship ended, I sailed south in a foot cutter that Arno and I had built together. I earned a living working in various boatyards as far south as Long Island. Eventually, I ended up in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston building boats, where I settled down and started a family.
After three years in Boston, my wife and I realized the city was not for us, so we started looking for a boat building business.
A good friend, who was a fifth generation Cape Codder and who I had met while helping to finish the interior on the foot schooner, Spirit of Massachusetts, insisted that if I could get the financing, I should buy a boat yard in Orleans, Massachusetts, located on a beautiful bay with ocean access, which had just come on the market.
The year wasI was 31 and ready to commit to building a business.