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Marshall Catboat

25' 8" (cat), 31' 8" (sloop) 21' 4" 2' 0"/5' 5" 38' 6"

Yanmar 16 to 22 hp 15%

Breck Marshall Marshall Marine Corp. 1965-present 388 sq. ft. (cat) 12 to 21 gal. 22 gal.

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

25' 8" (cat), 31' 8" (sloop) 21' 4" 2' 0"/5' 5" 38' 6"

Yanmar 16 to 22 hp 15%

Designer: Builder:

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

Breck Marshall Marshall Marine Corp. 1965-present 388 sq. ft. (cat) 12 to 21 gal. 22 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 8,000 lbs.

The Marshall 22 catboat and her sloop-rigged sister have been in production for over 40 years—one of the longest running continuously produced cruising sailboat designs ever. During the period, understandably, the builder has made many changes. Gasoline engines have been replaced with diesels, horsepower ratings have crept up, interior layout has been modified (the bottom layout shown being the current version), and fit and finish have gone through several iterations (generally toward fancier wood trim). Still, the Marshall 22 remains essentially the same boat it was in 1965, featuring shallow draft (two feet with board up) for gunkholing or lying on the bottom at low tide, and a good length on deck for a catboat. (Hoisting the sail on a bigger cat can be a pain for a singlehander—and a smaller cat has a lot less space below.) Best features: She looks like the pretty Cape Cod cat she is; skippers are likely to get frequent compliments while cruising. There's a good network of other catboaters, especially in the northeastern states, for those seeking nautical camaraderie. Worst features: Compared to her comps, headroom is low. Also: the Marshall 22 cat has a reputation for being a bit sluggish in light air; well-sailed Marshall 18s can beat her handily. The sloop rig (338 sq. ft. main, 100 sq. ft. jib) is even slower. Both rigs are better when it breezes up.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Nonsuch 22

22' 0"

8' 5"

3' 8"

5,000

1,880

16.3

258

245

6.1

21.3

454

2

6' 0"

Marshall 22

22' 2"

10' 2"

2' 0"

5,660

850

19.3

260

264

6.2

18.3

495

2 or 4

5' 2"

Menger Cat 23

22' 6"

10' 0"

2' 6"

6,500

850

20.0

299

NA

6.2

21.4

526

3

6' 0"

Atlantic City Catboat 24

24' 0"

11' 2"

2' 0"

8,000

2,200

18.1

335

264

6.3

21.7

636

6

6' 2"

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    How fast can a marshall 22 catboat sail?
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