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.

The "Rainbow" is a well-recognized small cat boat that was designed in 1920 by John Beetle as a fun, safe sailboat for children and was brought to Nantucket in 1926 as the standard craft for a race with each sail being made of a different color so that parents could recognize their child's boat!

Of course Claire had to design a series of rugs and accessories celebrating this time-honored tradition, and so was born the Cat Boat and Rainbow Fleet collections.  But you need not have to live on Nantucket to appreciate the inspiration and art of these handsome rugs.  Available in many sizes and versions, they have become some of Claire Murray's most recognizable rugs.


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