With the Coquina being very well cared for up in Maryland and some interest finally on the Knickerbocker I've been doing a lot of thinking about which catboat for our place in SC.
While I was considering a Sanderling I've decided (well this is an inexact science) I'm really leaning towards something a bit smaller.
Reasons? I sail solo 90% of the time. 15' with a 7' beam will share dock (lift) space alongside the Rambler much easier than a bigger catboat. Easier to haul at our neighborhood ramp.
I really don't need a cabin.
Marshall's version of a 15' cat is rare as a Hilary Bumper sticker in Mississippi on the used market. Seems folks don't ever turn loose off them (says a lot about them) and a new version is pricey @ $25k. You can get a used Sanderling all day long for under $15k, and there is one at my marina on Lake Lanier that I bet could be had for $3k (needs a lot of TLC).
Beetles are cute, but a bit smallish and I don't like the idea of sitting directly on the sole.
Menger made a 15', which became a Legnos 15 and then a Thomcat which is still being made.
Also the Fisher 15 looks nice. I believe that one is by Howard Boats.
Now I'm certainly not averse to a 15' wood cat. 15' of wood is managleble as far as upkeep is concerned, but I haven't seen any for sale.
Yeah I know I could build one, but I've gotta finish the Rambler and then clean out the shop to get the house ready to sell. Once I get to SC I want to get sailing, and I see my next project as a skiff. Maybe a point comfort 18 for fishing the creeks and throwing a cast net.
So were there any @15' open cockpit wooden cats built? Must have been at some point as what spawned all the glass ones?