Maybe it's my New England
heritage but there's something about catboats that attracts me. Somebody talk me out of this diversion.
Many have unstayed masts, keel-stepped and well forward, lending themselves to rigs, like the junk rig
, which are easily handled from the cockpit
by an old man. Not having to maintain or replace standing rigging
is a plus.
Being beamy and having the mast
out of the cabin
means the interior
volume is comparable to a boat 5-10% longer. Additionally, their usually large cockpits, though worrisome in large following seas, adds considerably to living space while at anchor
in warm climates.
They often have swing-keels which I don't like BUT that means the ability to get into some pretty thin water
which I DO like.
They're plenty fast off the wind
but don't point well <shrug>.
Somebody tell me what's not to like about a catboat.