Monday, October 30, 2017

Catboats from Readers

My catboat posts elicited more email and comment than usual. Two of my readers pointed out their favorite catboats (which happen to be from English designers).

Max from the Bursledon Blog owns a Cornish Cormorant, a smallish non-traditional catboat from the designer Roger Dongrey. The Cornish Cormorant is one of his favorites and he has written a loving post about the Cormorant over here. The high freeboard and a smallish rig of the Cormorant seems to be just the ticket to handle lots of wind and waves in a 3.73 meter length dinghy.

Kiwi Neil Kennedy likes this traditional catboat from English designer, Andrew Wolstenholme. I'm not sure what the design name is for this catboat (that is, if you were searching within Andrew's design portfolio for plans), but this design just oozes classic beauty. Below is an example on display at the London Beale Park Wooden Boat Festival.

Describing a sailboat as a catboat can cover a huge spectrum of design shapes and rig choices and evokes a passionate attachment to this type, or to that type. It is a catboat, where many of us focus so keenly in putting our study and experience and joy with the beauty of sailboats and in how a boat moves us when we are on the water.


Bursledon Blogger said...

Thanks for the mention, it's actually a Cornish Cormorant, built by a boatyard called Cornish Crabbers in a village called Rock in you guessed it Cornwall.

Was condor an autocorrect?

Nice post anyway and anything about catboats always welcome.


Tweezerman said...


Actually a brain-correct - when you see and read something and the brain re-interprets it into something else. I've made the correction. Most Yanks relate Cornish to the Cornish hen, a small bird, when cooked seems to only have enough meat for one person.

Baydog said...

The Cornish Hen....a classic sports banquet choice

Bursledon Blogger said...

Tweeerman, easy done, these days I seem to have real trouble remembering acronyms which is a problem working for a company who practically invented them.

I Had no idea Cornwall had it's own hen, next time we,re there I,ll try and track one down.