Preview: The History of the Beetle Cat, with Bill Womack at Beetle Cat Boat Shop

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6 Responses So Far to “The History of the Beetle Cat, with Bill Womack at Beetle Cat Boat Shop

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    Jonathan Margolis says:

    What a wonderful way to tell the story. I’m too old and too big for a Beetle Cat, but you’d better believe that I want one.

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    Jerry Kirschenbaum says:

    Back in the 1970’s when I was a television producer I had the opportunity to interview Leo Telezmanick at the Beetle Cat workshop and he told me a lovely story about his son who was then fighting in Vietnam who had written and asked him to send some cedar shavings from the Beetle Cat workshop to remind him of home and as a talisman for a safe return.

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    Jonathan Waters says:

    Beautiful testament to a wonderful design ,that has a soul that connects with those who sail,work on, and continue the legacy .A fine job all around !

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    Pat Maundrell says:

    I noticed a Beetle Cat in a previous video that had a Jib Sail. What was I looking at?

    Thanks Pat

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    David Tew says:

    That was great! Thank you. When I was young and just married to a girl whose uncle had a wood shop I built a Cotuit skiff for the learning experience. I needed canvas for the deck and called Leo Telesmanick at the original Beetle boat shop. He suggested I plan a day for a visit so he could sell me a piece and let me help stretch, set in place and fasten canvas on a Beetle’s deck. He was so kind to take the time especially given how busy he was turning out the many orders for boats. It was a pleasure (and instructive) to see how organized and productive the shop was. There’s a fascinating history about the various shops, owners and builders on the Beetle Cat Association webpage: