A New Breed of Cat Boat
The Horizon Cat is a classic boat for the diehard traditional sailor — a real Cape Cod cat with a shallow fin keel for added stability and windward performance.
A high-aspect kick-up rudder is incorporated for convenience and extremely light helm. Quick, nimble, and comfortable, the Horizon Cat has a large cockpit and extensive accommodations.
Inboard Yanmar 1GM10
2010 Magic Tilt Trailer
Navy Blue Hull
Dacron Sail (Cat Rig)
Butane stove, Icom VHF
2 batteries, Charger
Wheel Cover, sail cover Cockpit cushions
Contact Tracy Buczak CPYB, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-455-6800, 716-680-4554 cell, 960 West Bayfront Parkway, Erie, PA 16507
Bella is a Pristine example of the Classic Horizon Cat. Show like nearly new. FEATURES an Inboard Yanmar 1 GM 10 Diesel. 2010 Magic Tilt Tandem-axle trailer with new tires.
• Custom Navy Blue Hull Color
• Transom Boarding Ladder
• Bulkhead-Mounted Compass
• Harken Winches
• Stainless Steel Bruce Style Anchor
• Navy Blue Fabric Interior Cushions
• Cockpit Cushions
• Cockpit Wheel Cover
• Teak Cockpit Grate
• Sail Cover
• Hatch Screens
• 2 Marine batteries
• 12 Amp Battery Charger
• Icom VHF Radio
• Garmin GPS
• 2 Sinks with Hand Pumps
• Butane Stove
• Henry Lloyd Foul Weather gear
• Adult PDF Child PDF
• Docklines & Fenders
• Pota Potti
• Midship Cleats
• Dacron Mainsail with Lazy Jacks
MAST HEIGHT above WL: 23 FT. 4 IN. (sail down), 29 FT. 4 IN. (sail up)
By ROBERT H. PERRY
“Carrying on the catboat tradition in a smart new design I was surveying the assembled fleet at this year's Perry rendezvous and feeling pretty good when I noticed a smallish catboat setting sail and heading out of the harbor. I've always liked Cape Cod catboats. The have character to burn. They are simple and have a distinct personality that, although quirky at times, is on the whole, endearing. Surrounded by 48 somewhat plush and over-equipped Perry designs, it occurred to me that a 20-foot catboat would be close to my ideal for an "old man's" boat. That could easily be translated into a "smart man's" boat.
The Horizon cat started life as the Herreshoff America, designed by Halsey Herreshoff and built by Nowak and Williams. The Hutchins brothers of Com-Pac yachts bought the tooling and redesigned the boat to fit it into their family of shoal-draft cruising yachts. The hull form remained the same, but they added a shallow keel and centerboard, and modified the deck and rig. This handsome hull is made even better-looking on paper by Bruce Bingham's skillful and playful drafting. We don't hear much from Bruce these days, so it's good to see him being published once again.
Cape Cod cats were the original fatsos and you can see this in the drawings and the L/B of 2.4. These boats were keelless centerboarders, and it was this beam that gave them stability and carrying capacity.
The 8-foot, 4-inch beam and lack of overhangs coupled with a displacement of 2,500 pounds and a D/L of 200 make this a big 20-footer. This boat is no rocket, but it won't be a pig either. It will go to weather about as well as you would expect a gaff-rigged boat to point, and it will offer a stiff ride for those of you who like to sail on the flat side. I think many of you would be surprised at just how well this cat will sail. Board-up draft is 26 inches. Note the rudder is a kick-up type.
Catboat's traditionally are gaff rigged. This keeps the center of pressure low to help stability and minimizes the complexity of the standing rigging. Some cats even fly a small, high-aspect-ratio jib (a jiblet?) from the forestay. Gaff rigs are fun. The old-timers would just ease off on the peak halyard and let the gaff sag to about 90 degrees when the wind increased in what was called a "fisherman's reef." It sounds awful to me, and you can see here that this 20-footer is rigged with normal reef cringles for a single, traditional reef.
One quirk of catboats is that the weather helm can be a bit sporty from time to time. But the aft location of this centerboard should help keep this cat well balanced. Also, I'd feel a bit shortchanged if my catboat didn't have a manly helm on a reach. It's just part of the fun of sailing a catboat.
Below you have two berths and a forward compartment for a porta potti.”