Seeing a classic Cape Cod style Catboat in Newport Harbor will always draw my eye. Especially a wooden "Cat".
This "Cat", while I do not know it has all the appearances of a Crosby design. The expressed tumblehome in the stern and "barn door" style rudder are giveaways. This would differ from, say, the designs of C. C. Hanley who had more of an upswept counter astern. Hanley's designs were more for alacrity where the Crosby has a high comfort ratio and able to work as well.
The Catboat, at one time, was common in Narragansett Bay. Many vintage photos will display this practical design of the boat. The term "Cape Cod" Cat is somewhat ironic, especially with this display in Newport. "The Catboat Book" by John M. Leavens alludes to the "Newport Catboat" being the origin of the type in the area.
Catboat From Astern (select title to see a larger photo in new window)
Catboat From AsternA classic wooden Cape Cod style Catboat as seen from astern at the dock under overcast skies in Newport Harbor, Newport, Rhode Island.
A classic wooden Cape Cod style Catboat as seen from astern at the dock under overcast skies in Newport Harbor, Newport, Rhode Island.
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