Cape Cod Catboats

 

Catboats are beautiful in their timeless lines, and powerful hulls. 
I have flown across Buzzards Bay in record time, skimming across the waves at incredible speed. 
They can be ferocious when over canvassed, nearly pulling your arm out trying to go in her own chosen direction, 
always where you do not want to go. 
They have vast amounts of space for friends, and tiny cabins that beg for daytrips. 
They are a perfect platform for catching bluefish, as the Marshal Catboat 
the Henry M. Plummer can attest.

My first meeting with a cat was back in the 70's, when a wooden catboat showed up in the boatyard I kept my boat in, 
the Half-Tide Marina in Mashpee. Over the next month I watched as piece after piece of this old boat 
was discarded over the side. Soon the boat was a mere shell, most of it rotted and in need of repair. 
At some point in that time I met the proud owner, Phil Frankio. 
Phil restored antique houses for a living, and had admired this vessels for a very long time, snapping 
at the chance to buy it when it went up for sale. Unfortunately, Phil never really looked at the vessel too closely. 
The previous owner had an ingenious solution to rotting wood: a fresh coat of paint. 
Although this may work for a season, it took its toll over the years, and now Phil had a massive restoration on his hands.

Over a number of years Phil patiently worked on this vessel, evenings & weekends. We became friends, 
and he actually helped me to purchase a basket case that could not float, and I too spent a number of years 
in my youth working away at a vessel that was hopelessly beyond repair, the only type I could afford.

Eventually we both launched our proud vessels. Honestly, I don't even remember what his catboat's name was. 
She was built at the turn of the century, on the Vineyard. Unfortunately, I only have one photo of his catboat. 
It is of Phil working away on her hull. 

 

 

Kathleen, Falmouth Massachusetts

 

 

Bella, Lake Tashmoo, Martha's Vineyard

 

 

 

Henry M. Plummer, Fairhaven, Massachusetts


 

 

Wave, Waquoit Bay Massachusetts

 

 

 

Wooden Catboat, Nasketucket Bay, Mattapoisett

 

 

 

 

Beetle Cat Figaro of Lake Tashmoo

 

 

Yellow BeetleCat on Lake Tashmoo

 

Cumbrea, Harthaven, Martha's Vineyard

 

 

 

Marshall approaching Edgartown

 

 

 

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