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Behind the Design - What is a Cat Boat?

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Behind the Design - What is a Cat Boat?

If you are from New England, or a mariner who loves to sail the waters of the islands off the Massachusetts coast, you will easily recognize the iconic sailboat affectionately called "The Cat Boat."  Distinguished by its single gaff-rigged sail set forward in the bow, the cat has a wide beam making it stable and roomy.  They generally range in size from 14' to 26' in length.  Orignially used as workboats for passenger ferries or fishing, legend says that the name "Catboat" comes from the fishermen having to "shoo" the cats away from the dead fish on the boat.  These...

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