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    Default Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    This is my first post on the forum. Please excuse any breach in decorum, I am just in need of some networking here amongst like-minded enthusiasts.

    I have an elderly relative in the San Francisco Bay area who began building a wooden boat in his garage. Due to health reasons, the boat is unfinished.Catspaw_3.jpgCatspaw_1.jpgCatspaw_2.jpg

    I have the original book/plans for the Catspaw Dinghy. There are also full size enginering drawings, the boat itself, wood for completion and even a home made steam bending apparatus for contouring the boards. I know so little about these things, but was hoping for some recommendations on people or places who may be interested in taking over such a project. (a boat building school perhaps?) I also have hundreds of pictures documenting the build thus far.


    Please let me know if you can help me find a suitable home for this project, or connect me with others in your network who may be able to assist.

    Thanks in advance, and God Bless.

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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    Welcome. That's a tough call, to find a good home for a partially finished boat. You might try the classified section of WoodenBoat magazine. I wish you luck.
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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    I don't know about California, but you might contact the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Washington State to see if they are interested. They're at least on the same coast!

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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    You might contact the Hyde Street Pier - San Francisco Maritime Historical Park in San Francisco. This National Park Service facility has small boat building programs, I believe. Your donation would likely be tax-deductible, as well.

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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    Waterside Workshops in Berkeley May also be interested, but try the SF Maritime Museum first.

    http://watersideworkshops.org/
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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    Is the Arques School in Sausalito still going? Might be worth looking in to.

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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    Great suggestions! I have reached out to both the Maritime museum and the Arques school in Sausalito. I have a few other feelers too. Greatly appreciate the help!!!!

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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    Good luck. Yours is a generous offer very much in the spirit of the wooden boat community!
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    Default Re: Catspaw Dinghy -- in need of a home

    Looks nicely done. Someone is going to get a nice boat.
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