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3 Weeks Ago 02:04 PM
Re: Gaff rigged cat vs typical sloop rig

In my 82 years I have owned a variety of rigs. I designed and built solely with my adorable wife, a 50' 23 ton cutter rigged yawl, launched in 1977. You tube "Sail the Daedalus", for a 6 minute aerial drone video of my beautiful boat. Ok, back to cats. I have an 18' gaff cat, the only one of it's kind manufactured by Black Watch of Texas they built about 80 cutters and lastly one gaff cat before retiring. Well, I'm the lucky dog that has this cat and she handles like a dream. She is simple, fast and sails close to 35 degrees. She has a 6' long by 5' wide cockpit and a 8' X 8' +/- bulk head free cabin. All interior and exterior corners are rounded off. Here are some photos;
Capt. Fred
PS, sorry about the mess of photos, but they give you the picture... The photo with the blue bottom is me, examining this boat before purchase. The rest are doubles and such after refurbishing. She is a beauty though, don't you think?
03-01-2012 10:12 AM
FishSticks Had a boss once who was known to burst into a meeting when things were not going well and command "Everybody do something... even if it's wrong!"
02-29-2012 08:46 PM
paulk Len, in emergenices you have to specify which crew member you want to do this, or you could lose the rig. "Let fly the snotter, Gunter!" would probably work best.
02-29-2012 05:46 AM
downeast450 Aye! Mizzen or main?

02-24-2012 02:29 PM
Capt Len Command 'Let fly the snotter' Blank stare.
02-24-2012 02:26 PM
Capt Len You are associating gaffs with rum and ginger ale with dilution of purity , right? Scandalous to think otherwise but tide lifts all vessels: even if Marconi rigged.
02-24-2012 01:33 PM
FishSticks Marconi vs gaff rig on a catboat?

Would you add ginger ale to fine rum?
02-24-2012 12:25 PM
downeast450 It is one of my favorite commands! Ha! Provided that someone near the cleat knows what it means. It is very effective and sometimes necessary with such a big sail. We got overtaken by a squall line that was rolling down Somes Sound. Whew! The IODs were making a buoy turn in practice for the Worlds starting the next day. We were out there watching and all of us had an exciting time. The cat boat with a scandalized gaff may as well have been flying a spinnaker! With the board nearly up it flew away from the others. It was not particularly relaxing for a few minutes but the boat took it in stride.


02-24-2012 11:10 AM
WanderingStar To scandalize a gaff sail you slack the peak halyard, (gaffs have two halyards) lowering the end of the gaff. This allows the upper aft portion of the sail to spill wind, effecting an emergency reef. I've done this in a squall, it's beautiful.
02-24-2012 09:11 AM
-OvO- "scandalize" ? this is an unfamiliar term.
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