I have a confession to make. I’m a cat lover. I do love kitties – house pets, that is – but I really love cat boats. I mean it. I think they are the coolest looking boats on the water – especially the gaffers. Here’s what I mean:
Check out the shape of the deckhouse sides. Look at the oval-shaped cockpit set into the squared-off stern section. Check out the sweep of that sheer line, and its echo in the edge of the coach roof. And the coach roof with just the right amount of camber, detailed with the beautiful wooden hatches. It’s just a beautiful set of lines. This particular boat is a stunning example of the species, but almost all cat boats look cool to me. I love the traditional New England cats, and I love the idea of fleets of Beetle Cats racing. What a wonderful boat, the Beetle Cat.
There is a cat boat in the marina just down the street from our house:
Here are some details to admire:
The first boat is wood, and so is the Beetle Cat pictured above. This boat (above) is glass. I prefer the wood, but that doesn’t make the glass boat any less beautiful.
Ruth used this sketch, plus a few other studies to paint this next picture of the same boat:
Oh – I also like real cats. I mean, kitty-cats. And somehow, all the cats I encounter know it. Somehow they know I have a sympathetic bent where cats are concerned, and they come to me. When a cat won’t go to anyone else, they’ll usually come to me. I know – weird.
We don’t own a cat. In fact, we won’t own a cat, or any other pet. They’re too restrictive. They need too much, and they interfere with traveling, and we don’t want the restriction. So we content ourselves with enjoying other people’s cats. And cat boats…
What’s your favorite sailboat?