Wikipedia writes:In a 2000 review naval architect Bob Perry wrote, "the Menger 19 is in the style of the Cape Cod catboats and has the displacement to carry minimal accommodations. This is just the kind of boat I would like to send my boys off in for the summer when they both get to the teenage years. "Here's $500. See you at the end of August." Father's dreams. I long ago explained to my boys that when I buy them that new bike, I am buying myself the bike I never had. That new baseball mitt is the glove I always wanted. "Here, Bob Perry, take this Menger 19 and this $500. I'll see you at the end of August." Three strings to pull, a locker full of Dinty Moore stew and three months to explore the San Juan Islands in a stalwart little catboat. What more could you need?"
In a 2010 review Steve Henkel wrote, "After a lightning fire destroyed the molds for the successful Menger 17 catboat ... Bill Menger and his son designed the Menger Cat 19, an 'expanded and improved' version of the 17, two feet longer, two inches deeper, and 700 pounds heavier (including 100 pounds more ballast). Obvious visual differences include the addition of an extra cabin port for more light, and a longer cockpit. Most of the extra two feet of length is in the aft end of the cockpit. (Compare the two boats? inboard profiles aft of the cockpit hatch for where most of the space went.) The same 'best' and 'worst' features apply to the 19 as apply to the 17 ... Best features: The Menger 19 has more headroom than any of her comp[ettor]s, plus a better Motion Index (no doubt due to her combination of heavier displacement and longer length). The optional mast tabernacle works well, and is highly recommended for trailer-sailors.
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