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Catboats of Martha’s Vineyard

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Catboats were the fishing boats and passenger ferries of yesteryear. Because they were workboats, catboats were built very wide for maximum stability.  Catboats have very shallow drafts because they were designed to fish the shallow waters of the Cape and Islands. Our boats’ shallow drafts allow access to Katama Bay, Cape Poge Bay, and Lagoon Pond; places where larger sailboats cannot go. Catboats were given a simple rig with just one large mainsail that could be easily single-handed. They were also seaworthy and fast. The American Flag sail is a nod to the charter catboat Cleopatra that sailed these waters in the late 1800’s. While the workboat roots are evident, these boats were built as recreational cruising boats with very comfortable accommodations above and below decks, and a private enclosed head (restroom).