Modeled after a small catboat, she is
a nice size model, perfect for a desk or end table, 15" overall, 21" tall (base to the top of mast) with a beam of 6 1/4"
Details of the model:
- Hand crafted sails that are masterfully stitched
- Lines and rigged according to the real boat
- Individual hull planks bent and shaped
- Masts hand-shaped
- nine coats of hand rubbed enamel paint
- Authentic details of the boats fittings, rudder and centerboard
And MUCH MUCH More!
CATBOAT HISTORY: Catboats started out as work boats. According to marine historian Howard
I. Chapelle, beamy, single-sailed center boarders with half-decked hulls and barn door rudders began to appear in America
around 1840, when, for the first time, there was sufficient demand to make fishing from small boats profitable. Sailed mostly
in Lower New York Harbor and on Cape Cod Bay, cats fished, freighted, ferried, and packeted for decades. Their simplicity,
stability, and shallow draft made them versatile, and their efficiency and ease of handling made them popular. In the 1880s
and ‘90s, catboat racing flourished, especially around New York. In that Gilded Age, unlimited “sandbaggers”
with huge sail area and live ballast crew who moved from side to side with each tack to keep the boats upright. The Beetle,
has that same expansive sail area for her short length and large barndoor rudder which helps her from heading up in a fresh
BEETLE CAT BOAT HISTORY: The Beetle Cat is one of the most successful low cost daysailers around.
This boating tradition was started by the Beetle family back in 1920, continued by the Concordia Company and today is carried
on by Beetle Inc.
The Beetle Cat is a fun boat and has been around for a long time. Some Beetle Cat owners belong to
the 'New England Beetle Cat Boat Association', an association of serious Beetle Cat owners who sponsor regattas and other
events involving the Beetle Cat. In order to join you need a Beetle Cat that meets all of the specifications set forth in
their rules, which are based on the original specifications of the Beetle Cat produced in the 1920's and still being produced
The Beetle Cat was named after the Beetle family who originally designed and built the boat. They lived
for generations at Clark’s Point, New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Beetles were widely known for their well designed
and constructed Beetle whaleboats. These big double-ended boats were the craft from which harpooners and their crews pursued
the great whales for their oil. They were built with mass production techniques developed by the Beetles that allowed them
to build the boats quickly while maintaining high standards of workmanship.
In 1920 the John Beetle designed a small gaff cat rigged sailboat for his children, this was the first
Beetle Cat. Its design was based on the twenty to thirty foot catboats used for shallow water fishing along Cape Cod. Outsiders,
impressed with the Beetle Cat's performance in New England coastal waters and rivers, were quick to express interest. With
this interest in the Beetle Cat and the demise of the whaling industry, the Beetles shifted production to the Beetle Cat.
Using some of their manufacturing techniques they had used in building their whaleboats, they were able to make the Beetle
Cat fairly inexpensive. This allowed the average working person to own one.
During World War II, all production of the Beetle Cat ended. After the war Ruth’s brother Carl,
produced more Beetle Cats, but became more interested in plastics for boat building. Carl sold the rights to the Beetle Cats
to the Concordia Company in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Concordia received more orders than they anticipated, and turned
to New Bedford bodybuilder Palmer Scott for help. Leo Telesmanick was put in charge of building the Beetles. In 1960, Palmer
retired and his entire Beetle crew including Leo was transferred to Concordia. Concordia set up a separate Beetle Cat operation.
Leo made a number of changes in methods to improve productivity and insure uniformity of the hulls as well as changing from
galvanized to bronze fastenings. Many of the patterns and the basic jig that the boat is built on are still used today.
In 1993 The Beetle Cat division was sold to Charlie York, and he now operates it as Beetle, Inc. Given
this history Beetle Cat's probably hold the record for being the one design in the longest continuous production. Loyalty
is also very high with many boats having been in the same family for as much as three or four generations.
BEETLE CATBOAT DIMENSIONS:
Length Over All 12'4"
Length on the Waterline 11'6"
Sail Area 100 sq.ft.
MINOR ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: To save cost, this model is
shipped with its mast down. It only has a head stay so it's a simple affair to step the mast, and rig the halyard and lazy
jacks, and attach the sails. The detailed instructions are excellent, but in the remote chance you have a problem, email or
call us for guidance. If you've been browsing on the internet, you will be hard pressed
to find something that represents boats that are North American in design, and are executed as finely overall. You can spend
a lot more money for so called "museum quality" detailing, but you can get the same satisfaction from our new line of moderately
priced, high quality models.
SHIPPING IS A FLAT RATE OF $10.00!
OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE:
If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its
original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return
is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer if the error is due to our fault on domestic shipments.
but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands,
Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico,
New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and
the Eastern Caribbean.
As a retired professional mariner and collector myself, we specialize in vessels that I
know or of which I have knowledge. All of them are handcrafted, authentically detailed, fore and aft rigged vessels primarily
designed, built and raced in United States waters. With this focus, we have gained a reputation of providing high quality
models of boats known and loved by American sailors at a reasonable price, that will give you lasting enjoyment, and pride
this unique model now! What a great gift for a person who has everything! What a perfect accessory to your home or office!
What a great conversation piece!
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