A cat ketch daysailer with a canvas cabin

Dovekie Sailboat

LOD:

21' 0"

Designer:

Ron Johnson

LOA:

22' o"

Builder:

Marine Concepts

LWL:

19' 0"

Years produced:

1982-present

Min./max. draft:

0' 6"/2' 6"

Sail area:

136 sq. ft.

Bridge clearance:

19' 6"

Fuel tankage:

portable

Power:

outboard 3 to 6 hp

Water tankage:

portable

B/D ratio:

0%

Approx. trailering wgt.:

1,450 lbs.

This little decked-over double-ended cat ketch is said to have its design origins in L. Francis Herreshoff's "Carpenter," designed in 1929 (see sailplan inset)—though we see only a minor resemblance. The Sea Pearl comes with a tonneau cover for the forward cockpit, which is non-self-bailing, but also can be rigged with an optional "canvas cabin." A small steering cockpit aft of the mizzen is self-bailing. The base boat has a centerboard, but optional leeboards are available, as are twin lug rigs and water ballast tanks carrying 360 pounds (not shown in stats). Best features: Foam flotation makes her unsinkable. Split rig

(main and mizzen) permit playing with trim, such as flying the sails wing and wing downwind. Being considerably lighter than her comps, she is easier to rig, launch, and retrieve on a ramp. Worst features: Narrow and dory-like, the hull has little initial stability—big crew may be necessary in heavy air to keep her on her feet. Boom vangs, an option, should have been made standard, as they are essential to enjoyable sailing. Though it would be fairly simple, no provision has been made for a third mast position where either the main or the mizzen could be stepped, giving her additional versatility.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Sea Pearl 21

21' 0"

5' 6"

0' 6" 550

0

32.9

36

NA

5.8

4.4

147

2

3' 6"

Dovekie 21

21' 5"

6' 8"

0' 4" 600

0

32.9

39

NA

5.8

3.7

181

2

3' 0"

Bay Hen 21

21' 0"

6' 3"

0' 9" 900

0

30.0

66

NA

5.7

6.3

158

2

3' 3"

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  • abbi
    Who makes a cat ketch?
    10 months ago

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