Modernized classic catboat by Garry Hoyt

Catboat Plans

19' 2" 23' 2" 17' 6" 1' 2"/3' 0" 32' 0"

outboard 4 to 6 hp 31%

Garry Hoyt TPI Corp. 1998-2002? 272 sq. ft. portable portable

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

19' 2" 23' 2" 17' 6" 1' 2"/3' 0" 32' 0"

outboard 4 to 6 hp 31%

Designer: Builder:

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

Garry Hoyt TPI Corp. 1998-2002? 272 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,150 lbs.

Designer Hoyt decided to try to minimize some chronic catboat weaknesses, including sluggish windward performance, bothersome weather helm, difficulties in reefing, and excessive sailing and trailering weight. The Express Cat is the result. Best features: Compared to other cats (as opposed to the comps below), this design is much lighter and has a higher SA/D ratio, and hence is likely to be faster in light air. Her comparatively narrow, foil-shaped centerboard is more efficient, adding more speed. A lightweight aluminum or optional carbon fiber, free-standing, rotating mast and Hoyt-patented self-vanging boom solves several problems at once: less windage, advantages of a vang (seldom available in traditional cats due to their low booms), and easier reefing (sail rolls up around the mast). The boat is significantly simpler than her comps to sail, as well as to launch and retreive at a ramp. Moreover, she is beamier and therefore has more stowage room below. Construction quality is high, perhaps justifying generally high resale market prices. Worst features: Compared to comps, cabin amenities and headroom are somewhat less generous.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Alerion Express Cat 19

19' 2"

8' 6"

1' 2"

1,450

450

34.0

121

NA

5.6

7.1

313

2

3' 6"

Capri 18

18' 0"

7' 7"

2' 0"

1,500

425

18.9

149

NA

5.4

9.0

248

2

3' 6"

ETAP 20

19' 10"

7' 6"

1' 6"

1,500

441

21.4

136

NA

5.5

8.8

278

4

4' 0"

Windrose 5.5 (18)

18' 0"

8' 0"

2' 3"

1,500

500

18.6

163

288

5.4

8.7

228

4

3' 9"

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