Re: Cat's Paw Dinghy in California?
There are also experienced builders out here who will make you one, but you'll want to decide on your budget, materials, if you want it rigged for sailing, top-notch or el-cheapo trailer, etc. Are you looking for an uber-trad solid wood boat, or marine plywood, or ? Modern rig or rowing setup, or trad-look hardware and interior?
The Catspaw is a great choice and can handle a fair amount of modification, so no issues there. Many of the semi-pro builders will work with you, and may not run an official boat-building business due to licensing, insurance, CG certification, and other issues.
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