Preview: Catspaw Dinghy, A Guest Blog by Ben Emory

May 30, 2013

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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.

Catspaw DinghyI 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.

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