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Menger Cat 15 Info 0 M. Deery I am looking at purchasing a Menger Cat 15, looking for a nice daysailer.  I am looking for someone with experience with the boat for some perspective.  It has very low freeboard, even for a daysailing catboat.  Read an article that said it was a very wet sail., mentioned tendency to dip rail and, accordingly, lots of bailing and pumping.  Not looking for that.  Looking for some pleasant daysails on local bay and Shinnecock Bay on Long Island.  Am an experienced sailor with several sailboats, including two catboats (penguin and a compac sun cat), but not experienced with this type of low slung classic beauty.  Any advice would be helpful. 
by M. Deery
Monday, February 27, 2017
Replacing centerboard pennant Herreshoff America 2 G. Damerel 5/32" running stainless steel cable, 7 feet long, one end unfinished, the other end should have an aircraft style fork fitting. Dwyer Metal mast will make you one. Make sure your C/B whas the appropriate attachment point for the cable.
by C. Huberman
Monday, February 27, 2017
Wanted, Marshal Sandpiper. 2 M. Ritter Still looking.
by M. Ritter
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wilkinson catboat versus Marshall 22 3 R. Schless Bill.....I owned one for 10 years. Have a lot of info on them, sailed mine on the Chesapeake Bay. Dan Wilkinson made 15 of them. There are at least two in CT...Barry Sullivan bought mine and lives in East Haddam. He has done a lot of work on her and yes, the rudder needs to be 1/3 larger. I believe he has the plans for that as he had one built. I increased sail area to 344 which just aggrevated the too small rudder. I never considered her to be tender..but all that freeboard came at a price. The cabin top was never strong enough to comfortable stand on...that was the only structural issue I had with her. My email is flesner00@comcast.net. At one time I had tracked down 13 of the 15. Also met Dan back in the mid 90's. My wife loved her...guess why...standing head room!
by S. Flesner
Friday, February 3, 2017
pig placement 2 M. Susienka You might also a have a leaky centerboard trunk. What year is your HA18? The earlier boats's cockpit drained into the centerboard trunk. Basically they jammed a brass ferrule connecting the cockpit to the top of the trunk. The problem is this joint over time leaks. Unfortunately the top of the trunk is very close to the water line. In extreme cases, if the boat takes on enough water causing the boat to sit lower, this point goes under water and if left unattended, the boat sinks. This is actually what happened to my present 1973 before I bought her. Newer boats drilled the hole slightly to starboard and ran the drain out the side of the boat. A 1975 HA I previously owned had this drain.
by C. Huberman
Monday, January 9, 2017
Ride to annual meeting 0 F. Newton I will be attending the annual meeting from Harrington De. I am going up Friday morning for the seaport tour and returning Sunday. If you would like to carpool contact Frank Newton at 908-581-8774
by F. Newton
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Arey's Pond Kitten or Barnstable Cat 3 M. Deery I have owned a Beetle and a Barnstable Cat. The Barnstable is a wonderful boat, well made and sails identically to the Beetle. You would not be disappointed.
by C. Huberman
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Jammed centerboard 1 W. Goodwin Removing the the cover over the trunk will not net you access as the trunk is closed. You can try using a steel rod like a piece of rebar and trying to tap the back edge of the board through the hole were the cable runs. Your problem might be your centerboard or cable connection getting hung up in the top of the trunk.
by C. Huberman
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Drop sail off at Thurstons 0 G. Damerel I'm going to have Thurstons Sails in Bristol RI add a set of reef points to my HA 18 sail. I am planning to attend the Assoc. Mtg in Mystic on the weekend of Jan 27th. Is there anyone who lives in Bristol and plans to attend the mtg that could drop the sail off at Thurstons? That would be greatly appreciated and would prevent me from having to ship the bulky sail. George
by G. Damerel
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Can you recomment Paint Brand and color for 1976 Marshall 18' Sanderling 1 B. O'Brien Bought a 1969 Sanderling several years ago and have refinished most of interior and exterior, using Interlux Brightside. Believe tan is its standard buff (don't have can handy). Good cleaning and sanding, at least one coat of prekote, and two top coats, final thinned 10 percent, high quality bristle brush. Got very good finish. Cleaned and left teak centerstrip natual, and has been fine for 3 years - it sees a lot of water and scuffing.Save perfect for sailing weather.
by P. Knowlton
Friday, October 14, 2016
Menger Cat 17: boat stands or trailer storage 0 N. Michelsen I just bought a Menger 17 cat (2,200 lbs) without a trailer and need something for winter storage and summer ramp launching. Photo shows it on previous owner's blocks. (1) What kind of trailer do I need? Standard trailers are normally designed for power boats. Any reasonably priced trailers made for cats? Can power boat trailers be modified to accommodate a cat? Can trailers for Marshall 18s (or other com parables) be used? (2) If I stowed it on boat stands haw many would I need? Some have said 3 (one for the bow and 2 for each side); others said 5-can't be that many??? Any thoughts or suggestions to help resolve this issue for me? Thanks, Neil
by N. Michelsen
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Marshall Sanderling Tiller loose 3 K. Carneal I had to replace the forward strap a couple weeks ago.  This is what it looks like, with the screw.  
by S. Hartman
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Comparing a Menger 23 and a Marshall 22 0 R. Campbell I plan to buy a catboat in the next 12 months. The Menger 23 and Marshal 22 are almost the same size. Does anyone have thoughts on the merits of these boats?
by R. Campbell
Friday, September 16, 2016
taking sail doqwn 1 M. Kelleher Bringing the boat head to wind is always a good idea when you are raising and lowering a sail attached to the mast. Do your hoops slide freely over the mast? Could you spray them with silicon? Are your halyards running freely? When you drop your sail do you lower the peak and throat at the same time?
by R. Campbell
Friday, September 16, 2016
Replace Morse steering cables on HA 1973 0 P. Vogel I have a HA 1973 and need to replace the 2 Morse steering cables #E300622 84in 1408P. I have called Sea Star Solutions, Edson, Teleflex etc and had no luck in finding a replacement dual helm and cables. Apparently the rudder size and the short length of the cables (5' cable sleeve plus 2' cable ram) is a problem. Ebay has Morse cables but they are too long. Any help would be appreciated.    
by P. Vogel
Thursday, August 18, 2016
video's about sailing a catboat 0 R. Roy i would like to look at video's for us to learn more about sailing our Sandpiper, found some on internet, but not much, thank you Raymond
by R. Roy
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Menger 19 versus Marshall 18? 0 R. Schless Does anyone have experience with both the Sanderling and the Menger 19?  I'm in the market and would love some guidance.  If you prefer to limit your comments to offline, I'm bschless@rasco.com and would appreciate your thoughts.   Many thanks
by R. Schless
Monday, May 9, 2016
looking to rent a catboat in the fla keys 0 E. Dankievitch The wife and I are making a trip down to the Marathon key the last week of Feb first week of march and was wondering if anyone knew if I could rent a Cat for a day or two. The trip is a bit much for my boat to make...
by E. Dankievitch
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Button Swan Catboat 0 S. Wolfe I recently purchased a 12' 4" "Button Swan Newport Fish and Lobster Catboat". The only other boat of this design in existence that I am currently aware of is at the Mystic Seaport Museum in their indoor exhibit. If anyone has one of these boats or has any information about them, I would be very interested. The age and builder of my boat is unknown although the design is from the late 1800's. The designer, Button Swan (real name William Henry Munroe), was a well known boat builder and fisherman of that period with a shop on Long Wharf, in Newport, RI. Neither the boat at Mystic Seaport Museum nor mine has spars. The museum sells plans for the boat including spars. These plans were drawn up by the late Robert Baker of Westport, MA when he restored the Mystic Seaport Museum's Button Swan. He based the design of the spars on photographs from earlier times. Any advice on dating my boat based on hardware, fasteners, etc would also be appreciated.
by S. Wolfe
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Useppa Catboat Rendezvous in 2016 ?? 0 W. Dolan Has anyone heard if there will be a Catboat Rendezvous at Useppa Island, FL. in 2016 ?? None of the email addresses I have for those folks seem work.  Bill Dolan CBA
by W. Dolan
Sunday, November 8, 2015
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