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Looking for opinions on 14'-16' catboats 2 R. Laird I do like the Sandpipers. But just a littele bit deep, a little bit heavy, and a touch more expensive.
by R. Laird
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Marshall 22 sloop vs gaff only rigging 3 J. Craig-Muller I sailed a sloop rigged version of the 22 this summer. I grew up sailing sloops of various sizes and also Sanderlings, and would say that what Geoff Marshall told me about the sloop rig 22 was spot on- "it doesn't sail like a typical sloop". The performance was about the same as my 22 (cat rig).The jib was another tool for balancing the helm which was nice. As mentioned before there is a little foredeck, which was nice as well. The sloop rig is beautiful.I didn't notice any better pointing ability in the sloop rig. It added more sheets and another halyard. There is another sail to watch, put away, maintain/replace, and more hardware to deal with.I like a catboat because it has a cat rig and is simple; that however is important to me as I like my catboat for a relaxing sail with friends and children of all sailing abilities. I love the huge single sail. Personally I feel the sloop rig detracts from some of the most attractive aspects of a catboat.But whichever boat makes you look back at the mooring one last time after a sail and smile with pride, thats the boat for you (also the market is smaller for the sloop so I think you could get a better deal).
by M. Poor
Monday, July 8, 2019
Looking for a westerbeke w7 for parts 0 B. Welsh I have a Sanderling with a Westerbeke W7. The engine has been discontinued for some time. I'm looking for a spare engine I can use for parts. Anyone in the group that knows of or hears of an available W7 I'd be interested.  I'm going to post it in the public 'Cats for Sale'. Thought I'd float it here as well. 
by B. Welsh
Friday, July 5, 2019
How does one figure out a fair offer on a older wooden Catboat? 1 C. Hudacko This reply is very late. Curious where you ended up. My suggestion would be to have it surveyed by someone w experience. Something I didn't do when I bought sanderling and learned quickly after I took on more than I expected for the price paid.
by B. Welsh
Friday, July 5, 2019
Sanderling inboard cockpit 2 J. Hoey I have a new-to-me 2009 Sanderling with an inboard. So far I've found that the engine cover makes a great footrest and occasional seating area. No complaints at all.
by P. Jordan
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Sanderling Autopilot 0 P. Jordan Has anyone out there installed an autopilot on a Marshal Sanderling?  If so, do you have any advice and/or photos of your work? Thanks! Paul
by P. Jordan
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Catboat Manual 4 Free 0 D. McQuilken Fellow catboaters, you may find this - Catboat Guide and Sailing Manual by Edward Steinfeld - useful and/or informative: http://www.go-embedded.com/Sailingmanual.pdf Doug
by D. McQuilken
Friday, May 31, 2019
Sail Maintenance Question 1 J. Perry Hi Jnot sure where you are but I use Canvas Connection in Deale MD.
by R. Roddewig
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Jiffy Reefing Set Up For HA18 1 B. Pyle Does require quite a few fittings and holes. I went from conventional two line system, with cleats on the boom, to a single line system that I like, similar to those in some recent bulletins . That may be your first major choice . A lot of personal preference involved .You may get better feedback from the catboat association lounge on Facebook. A number of active members, and some working on an HA-18 group.My goal with my Marshall 18, which I single-hand , is to not have to leave the cockpit/companionway once I drop the mooring.Good luck.
by P. Knowlton
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Com-Pacs on moorings? 0 J. Hoey     Does anyone have any experience with a Com-Pac Horizon or Sun Cat kept on a tidal mooring subject to wave action? Concerned not so much about the ability of the hull to sit in mud, but for mud to get compressed into the centerboard trunk given its fin keel. Also wonder about the durability of the mast and rigging while on a mooring even with the stays?  The mast doesn't look near as hefty as traditional New England catboats.  Any experiences?
by J. Hoey
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Does anyone have info on a Com-pac Horizon? 7 R. Schless Does anyone have any experience with a Com-Pac Horizon or Sun Cat kept on a tidal mooring subject to wave action? Concerned not so much about the ability of the hull to sit in mud, but for mud to get compressed into the centerboard trunk since it's not a full fin keel. Also wonder about the durability of the mast rigging while on the mooring when seas pick up as they can do in New England anchorages!  
by J. Hoey
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Lost Rudder for Handy Cat! 3 J. Wick thanks J. and P. I tried Stroudwater, no longer in service. I'll give Arey's Pond a try.John
by J. Wick
Monday, April 8, 2019
Sandpiper- moving Harken mainsheet block 0 R. White Not sure if this post is in the right spot- I would like to move the Harken mainsheet block on my Marshall Sandpiper (1985) from the base of the centerboard case to the top as is an option on new boats. Has anyone done this? I plan on contacting Marshall Marine but would appreciate some DIY input.
by R. White
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Catboat donation for youth adventure program 0 M. Welcome My sailing club (Saratoga Lake Sailing Club www.sailsaratoga.org ) is in search of a free or very close to free catboat for use in our youth sailing programs.   Our "Adventure Sailing"  program is designed to expose kids to all the types of sailing that does not involve Optis/420s/FJs and nothing but racing racing drills.   We try to give them access all summer to play with keelboats, multihulls, day sailors and whatever we can get our hands on so they can just go out and learn and enjoy sailing for the pure fun of it.  They do sail my own Beetle Swan, but it is too small for a bunch of them to pile in and go out for a while which is what they really enjoy.  We had access for 1 season to a Handy Cat which they loved, but that was a loaner and went away.  We would love something in the 18-22' range which would let them go out as a big group.    Ideally we would also like to give them experience with a gaff rig which is non-existent at our club.   We do have a Foundation which is a 501c3 (Saratoga Lake Sailing Foundation) and thus can give a donation letter for tax purposes.    We are an all volunteer club so any assistance is greatly appreciated.  ADMIN: If this type of post/request is not allowed in the forums, my apologies and please remove or let me know and I will remove. Mark Welcome Director, Sailing School slsc_sailingpgm@sailsaratoga.org   
by M. Welcome
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Mooring Sea Anchor? 2 R. Schless Hi Beau Best Bet.Get the harbormaster to move you to a more protected location AND dont forget to bash the wedges periodically..Does ur boat gave a forestay?? Is it equipped with a wire : "hold down" (not certain of the correct nautical term) below decks at the mast step?.No real solution but maybe a rubber snubber will reduce the motion a bit but I wouldnt bet on it! MAMIE😎...
by J. Jodice
Saturday, March 2, 2019
new menber introduction 0 C. Hudacko Hello all, I'm Charles Hudacko and I joined a couple of months ago.. I have some experience beetle cats but that was back in my pre-teen years, so let's say 40 plus years ago. I've been thinking about buying a larger catboat for a handful of years now, something that I could use post retirement for coastal cruising from anywhere along the eastern coast, all the way down to Florida and maybe the great loop a few times. I currently live in the Fayetteville /Raleigh NC area and have been looking at NC coastal property to buy as for my impending retirment. My family also owns a house in Duxbury Mass, on the bay. I wished I could have had made the trip up for the annual meeting in Mystic this past weekend but couldn't do so. Thanks for letting me join & I look forward to learning more about the club & people that are in it. Charles H    
by C. Hudacko
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Minuteman 15 1 J. Clearwater I love it - she is a nimble cat, and I have sailed one for many years.
by K. Katz
Thursday, October 25, 2018
AIS Recommendations 2 D. Look Dan, You could buy a fixed VHF radio with AIS integration, you could connect this VHF to a chartplotter if you have one installed and that way you have the capability of seeing targets on a screen. But honestly, what are you trying to achieve with it? see or be seen? what's your train of thought with getting AIS?There are two types of AIS, A and B, A is commercial use (very expensive, transmits frequently) and B is everyone else, AIS B transmits at 30 second intervals or every three minutes if you are doing under 2 knots, which is terrible for collision avoidance, Your eyes are the best bit of kit when it comes to avoiding other vessels, and your lights are the best bit of kit for being avoided, AIS B adds a little situational awareness but a lot of the time it makes situations a lot more confusing if you are not used to it... So let me give you a very possible scenario, you are sailing at dusk, not much breeze, more like bobbing around (under 2 knots SOG) but you have you AIS on, adding a certain level of complacency. A mile away, charlie big nuts is taking his new 40 foot sea ray and has the need for speed, no prior experience or training, someone at west marine barely explained navigation so he is now a pro at it... weekend warrior at its finest, he is driving from inside, all his interior lights on, windshield covered in spray, basically zero situational awareness, but he has you on AIS, or had your last transmitted position 3 minutes ago, he doesn't know about bold alterations of course to avoid other boats, heck this clown thinks boats have headlights, Can you see what i'm getting at? I know this sounds extreme but scenarios like this are happening every single weekend all over the country, AIS is unfortunately only adding complacency to the mix, The only benefit I see from having AIS in such a small boat is being able to be spotted by commercial traffic in open water, you wouldn't believe how easily small sailboats blend into the sea and how easy it is to miss them/not see them at all.
by A. Archdale
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
I might be relocating to New Jersey any Catboat groups around Cape May? 0 E. Dankievitch Hi, I got a job offer down in Cape May New Jersey does anyone know of a Catboat group down there? on Delaware Bay?   
by E. Dankievitch
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Trailering Issues with Sanderling 7 J. Perry I echo what S. Hartman has said- Wheels touching the water is not a reliable indication of if you are far enough in. The trailer itself should be submerged the same amount as it is when you launch. Let the water do most of the work. There are so many variables involved that it is absolutely possible to have the vehicle's rear wheels in the water and the boat is not floating enough to retrieve and or launch. As long as the vehicle door sills are not in the water you are ok. Can you back in further if the extension is not your solution? Are you trailering from a low sedan?
by M. Poor
Thursday, September 27, 2018
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