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Converting a Catboat to a sloop
While the History of the Cat Rigged boat is a short but tumultuous one, one thing that stands out is that some Cats had jibs, technically making them a sloop. I have also seen pics of modern Herrshoffs and Sanderlings with small sprits and jibs.. so I am wondering, what does it take to do that to a cat?
I imagine you need to beef up the bows to handle the sprit and it's support, but what about stays? most cats only have a forstay, do they need side stays to support the stress of the jib as well?
While I have no real urge to sloop/cat, it is an interesting thought as it would allow one to hove to in a cat and let you sail closer to the wind
In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -Buddha
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