West Coast entry in the catboat sweepstakes

Wooden Catboat Plans

17' 0" 17' 0" 16' 2" 2' 2"/4' 0" 25' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp, inbd. optional 33%

Gerard De Witt

Fernandes Boatworks

1987-1988?

portable portable

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

17' 0" 17' 0" 16' 2" 2' 2"/4' 0" 25' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp, inbd. optional 33%

Designer: Builder:

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

Gerard De Witt

Fernandes Boatworks

1987-1988?

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 4,000 lbs.

The California-built Molly Cat is different from her eastern-built cousins in a number of respects, e.g., her stem has a jaunty tumblehome, and the use of wood is more lavish (lignum vitae deck cleats, ash sheet blocks, extensive teak deck trim) compared to her comps. She is beautifully built. Best features: The rudder is inboard, so it stays in the water when the boat heels. The tiller also can be tilted up and out of the way, making it easier to move about the cockpit in comfort. On all the other comps except the Lynx, the tillers are fixed to the rudderheads. Worst features: Her gigantic cockpit reduces her cabin space to pup tent proportions (though the centerboard trunk is buried beneath the cabin sole, mitigating the claustrophobic space a bit). Her cockpit is self-draining until four or five people load it down, at which point water sloshes in through the scuppers instead of out. Compared to her comps, the Molly has the lowest sail area and the highest displacement, as well as the narrowest beam, limiting her light-air performance. In heavy air, the comps just reef.

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

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