First production glass catboat is still popular

Catboat Designs

18' 2" 20' 7" 17' 8" 1' 7"/4' 4" 32' 0"

outboard 4 to 6 hp 23%

Breck Marshall Marshall Marine 1963-present 253 sq. ft.

portable, inbd. 10 gal. portable

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

18' 2" 20' 7" 17' 8" 1' 7"/4' 4" 32' 0"

outboard 4 to 6 hp 23%

Designer: Builder:

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

Breck Marshall Marshall Marine 1963-present 253 sq. ft.

portable, inbd. 10 gal. portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,000 lbs.

This salty-looking vessel is one of the longest running fiberglass designs around. It is still selling well after almost 50 years on the market. Best features: The basic design is virtually unchanged from the earliest production boats, which means that there are many used boats to choose from. You may be able to pick up an older boat for only a few thousand dollars—or pay mid-five-figures or more for a new boat loaded with extras. Under sail the Sanderling is relatively fast, stiff, well-balanced, and forgiving. Construction is solid if somewhat plain, at least on older boats. Surprisingly for such a small boat, you have a choice of outboard or Yanmar 1GM

inboard. There are quite a few one-design racing and cruising fleets of these boats, mostly in New England and New Jersey. Worst features: Painted wood cockpit seats are open underneath, making stowage of gear easy but leaving it open to the weather. Shelves along the berths below can catch your shoulders when you are lying down and try to turn over. Galley facilities are minimal, and there's no good spot below for a portable cooler. Headroom is only barely adequate for moving around the cabin, and storage below is below average. A forward hatch for better ventilation would be a good idea.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Lynx 16 (17)

16' 6"

7' 11"

1'

2"

2,000

200

Menger Cat 17

17' 0"

8' 0"

1'

8"

2,200

500

Cape Cod Cat 17

17' 0"

7' 11"

1'

8"

2,200

500

Marshall Sanderling 18

18' 2"

8' 6"

1'

7"

2,200

500

Molly Catboat 17

17' 0"

7' 6"

2'

2"

3,000

1,000

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

20.0

218

NA

5.4

11.4

179

2

3' 4"

23.6

219

351

5.4

12.4

194

2

4' 3"

23.6

222

372

5.4

12.4

222

2

4' 6"

23.9

178

315

5.6

10.5

281

2

3' 7"

15.4

317

NA

5.4

19.2

194

2

4' 0"

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