We enjoy a Marshal Cat Boat, the Sandpiper. I like the gaff rig on this little boat. One sail to reef and it is huge! Down wind with the board up it flies. Scandalizing the gaff de-powers it quickly. It can't get much closer than 45degrees but so what. It is fun and we just plan around our up wind performance. I like the way it looks,too. Handling the spars is easy because they are relatively short. This is our (trailer sailor) and having a mast that isn't much longer than the boat is very convenient. I can still lift the mast into the step by myself. I wouldn't be able to do it alone for a larger boat but it would be simpler than a 25 foot stick.
Marshall builds a nice boat. It is very capable and probably the "largest" small boat available. Six adults can sit in the cockpit of our 15' boat!
We have an Islander-28, too. Both rigs are worthy.
Last edited by downeast450; 02-24-2012 at 11:16 AM.