I guess I have to admit to a deep affinity for beamy somewhat rounded vessels, as I've owned a Legnos Mystic 30, am now finishing up the restoration
of a Herreshoff Eagle, and am currently looking at a Cape Cod
17 ft. Cat boat built by Cape Cod
Shipbuilding. Ideally my plan is to buy another Eagle in need of some serious love, and do a complete restoration
. I would also buy the above Cat boat to sail while redoing the Eagle, which given where I am in life will probably take 3 to 4 years.
I'm looking for some guidance on whether or not a 17' Cat Boat might sail with only a 21" fixed keel
as opposed to a centerboard
? I've never sailed a Cat, but understand they can have serious weather helm
and why that is. I also know that one of the ways to reduce that can be from raising the centerboard
some. That makes sense too. My question is how would you combat weather helm
with a Cat Boat that doesn't have a centerboard
? Or possibly would the problem be just the opposite in that you don't have weather helm
because the boat won't go to windward at all? They made these fixed keel
models an option for a long time, so if they totally sailed like a wash tub I wouldn't think that would have been the case?
I joined and posted at a Cat Boat forum tis same question, and this far the only responses have been from people explaining in great detail why Cats have weather helm
and more about how you can combat it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.