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VIDEO: The loveable catboat

Easy on the eyes and pleasing to sail, catboats are unpretentious sailboats with a working boat past. Hundreds of these boats were at one time built for commercial use, but nowadays you’re more likely to find a catboat out on a leisurely cruise or rounding the marks on a race course.

This video has more about their history and design: 

Want to see more catboats? Check out this painting of a pair of catboats gracefully gilding along on Long Island Sound, by Peter Arguimabau, which appeared in Soundings’ July 2017 issue. Also, you might enjoy reading The Evolution Of Catboats from our April 2016 issue.



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