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post #6 of Old 10-10-2008
Mud Hen #69, Mad Hatter
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We have a 17 foot MudHen that is a great little cat boat. The mast is in a tabernacle, drops down onto a gallows for trailering. 4Hp outboard in a well that can tip forward so it doesn't drag, has 10 foot sweeps so it can be rowed, is beachable, and one person can go from driving to the ramp to sailing away in 15 minutes.

Little proambulator dodger/hood and also snap in full-enclosure for camping. And THE ADMITAL likes the Porta-Potti under the teak grate up forward.

It sails better than I thought it would. We point better than Sunfish (no great shakes) but not with the Flying Scots. Downwind or broad reaching you have to pay a bit of attention as there is something known as a "death roll" that the long boom of the cat rig will show you if you get hit with a gust and the boom hits the water. This one has two reefs, and we've been out and controlable in 25 knot winds on Cayuga Lake with that double reef.

Charlie P. Mud Hen 17 #69 Mad Hatter

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