Expanded version of the Menger

Menger Sailboat

outboard 4 to 6 hp, optional inbd. 21%

Bill and Andrew Menger Menger Enterprises and others 1990-present 270 sq. ft.

portable, inbd 12 gal. portable

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

outboard 4 to 6 hp, optional inbd. 21%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Bill and Andrew Menger Menger Enterprises and others 1990-present 270 sq. ft.

portable, inbd 12 gal. portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,850 lbs.

After a lightning fire destroyed the molds for the successful Menger 17 catboat (page 42), Bill Menger and his son designed the Menger Cat 19, an "expanded and improved" version of the 17, two feet longer, two inches deeper, and 700 pounds heavier (including 100 pounds more ballast). Obvious visual differences include the addition of an extra cabin port for more light, and a longer cockpit. Most of the extra two feet of length is in the aft end of the cockpit. (Compare the two boats' inboard profiles aft of the cockpit hatch for where most of the space went.) The same "best" and "worst"

features apply to the 19 as apply to the 17, but because of the longer LOD and heavier displacement, we now have a different set of boats to compare. Best features: The Menger 19 has more headroom than any of her comps, plus a better Motion Index (no doubt due to her combination of heavier displacement and longer length). The optional mast tabernacle works well, and is highly recommended for trailer-sailors. Note: When last noticed, this boat was being made by Wagner Boatworks of Oyster Bay, NY, and was called the Thom Cat 19 Catboat. Worst features: Price is high.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Mystic Catboat 20

20' 0"

8' 0"

1' 10"

2,300

700

23.1

184

315

5.6

11.8

270

2

3' 11"

Herreshoff America 18

18' 2"

8' 0"

1' 10"

2,500

500

22.4

200

324

5.6

13.5

257

2

4' 0"

Com-Pac Horizon 18

18' 2"

8' 4"

2' 2"

2,500

600

17.8

200

NA

5.6

12.4

284

2

4' 6"

Herreshoff Eagle 21

18' 2"

8' 2"

1' 10"

2,700

700

26.4

207

NA

5.7

12.4

264

2

4' 0"

Menger Cat 19

19' 0"

8' 0"

1' 10"

2,900

600

21.2

207

369

5.8

15.0

267

2

4' 10"

Molly Catboat 17

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