Email This Page to a FriendPreview: Catspaw Dinghy, A Guest Blog by Ben Emory
May 30, 2013
Sailors sometimes say that the enjoyment a boat gives her owner varies inversely with her size – the smaller the craft, the greater the pleasure. Certainly, small craft are quicker to use and put away, have fewer aggravations, and cost far less money. A highlight of my life has been MY OCEAN, the original Catspaw Dinghy, a rowing-and-sailing tender built to a Nathanael Herreshoff design slightly modified by Joel White and constructed by Brooklin Boat Yard in 1978.
I wanted to acquire a good rowing boat that also had a rudder, centerboard and quickly-stepped mast. She should be fun to row for pleasure, useful for teaching sailing fundamentals to my then young children, and good for family picnics to nearby islands. I was eager for my children to know the delight of a quality wooden boat, and I looked forward to the pride of ownership.