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Old 06-23-2013
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Mark-O Atlantic City Catboat 24

Always loved the looks of the Catboat. The AC 24 seems like one of the larger ones. It manages to incorporate standing headroom in a large cabin more suited to a 30foot boat.

So what do people think of it?
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Re: Mark-O Atlantic City Catboat 24

I've only limited experience sailing a Beetle Cat (14' ?) on a tidal pond and I'm not familiar with the AC 24'.
If it looks anything like it's smaller cousin then I do agree that they are very pleasing to the eye; very "shippy" looking. Large open cockpit (usually the entire boat) allows plenty of room for people and gear.
Cat boats are great at what they were designed to do: sail in very limited depth waters. The wide beam of these designs make them quite stable while allowing a minimal draft. The center board can be raised to get off most groundings.

The Cat boat design is not mainly about speed and I'm not sure if you can get one to plane on a downwind course, or not. Again, because of the wide beam they are initially quite stable but because there is no low ballast, as in most keel boats, if they get heeled past a certain point they can go over and will not right again on their own.

Very pretty boats though but usually fairly pricey. I believe that this is largely due to the limited number available.
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