Cape Cod Catboats
Catboats are beautiful in their timeless lines, and powerful
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.
owner had an ingenious solution to rotting wood: a fresh coat of paint.
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
It is of Phil working away on her hull.
Bella, Lake Tashmoo, Martha's
Henry M. Plummer, Fairhaven,
Wooden Catboat, Nasketucket Bay,
Beetle Cat Figaro of Lake
Yellow BeetleCat on Lake Tashmoo
Cumbrea, Harthaven, Martha's
Marshall approaching Edgartown
Launch of Kathleen