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Catboat Lines Plan

17' 0" 19' 4" 16' 5" 1' 11"/6' 3" 30' 3"

4 to 6 hp outboard optional inbd. 23%

Charlie Wittholz

Hermann, Cape Cod Shipbuilding

1968-present

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

17' 0" 19' 4" 16' 5" 1' 11"/6' 3" 30' 3"

4 to 6 hp outboard optional inbd. 23%

Designer: Builder:

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

Charlie Wittholz

Hermann, Cape Cod Shipbuilding

1968-present

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,150 lbs.

First built as the Hermann Cat by Ted Hermann's Boat Shop, this design was eventually taken over by Cape Cod Shipbuilding and became the "Cape Cod Cat." The "CCC" is traditional and salty looking, with ample ability to cruise two for a week or more. The author owned Pipit, Hermann Cat hull #18, for several years, and sailed and trailered her all over New England. Two rigs are available as shown (with the Marconi rig giving 240 sq. ft. of area and 33' bridge clearance). The builder offers her either as a centerboarder (as shown), or as a very shoal draft (1' 11") keel cat—not deep enough to give her satisfactory performance to windward. Best features: A big sail and low wetted surface make her quicker than her comps in light air. Layout below is perfect for two—espe-cially if a forward hatch is added over the head, as the author did on Pipit. Worst features: Partly due to her hourglass hull form, she can become overpowered and hard to steer upwind under full sail at about 12 knots of breeze, until a reef is tucked in—a chore which is not difficult if jiffy reefing is used. Also, her cockpit footwell is too wide to provide a good footrest for some folks when she's heeled in a breeze.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Lynx 16

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

20.2

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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