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1913Cat31

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more about 1900-1920 cats
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:42:26 AM »

I was just reading the thread about the Vangard and thought I would take a stab here.

I have rescued a 1913  31' Catboat which I am interested in restoring. I know very little about this boat. I do have a 1976 17' Catboat which I love and sail yet this boat is quite something else. I will be attending the Annual Meeting in Mystic CT to see if I can network with others familiar with boat identification and restoration. For more information I have some pictures on a website in progress at www.catboat1913.com.

I appreciate any and all ideas! john@catboat1913.com

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Re: more about 1900-1920 cats
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 04:20:38 PM »
Great website!  The only Catboat designer I know of in that period is Gil Smith of Long Island.  He designed many for the Great South Bay on Long Island which is rather shallow.  No idea if it is his design, but he was known for those.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2020, 07:32:39 PM »
Thanks Dave.
I appreciate the feedback on the website. It is still a work in progress.

The information about Gil Smith is interesting. I am looking forward to touring the Maritime Museum and see if I can find info from that period and having his name as a start is helpful.

Thanks again,
John
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Re: more about 1900-1920 cats
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 02:44:14 AM »
Donn Costanzo may know as much about Gil Smith catboats as anyone alive now: http://www.woodenboatworks.com/

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2020, 03:20:30 AM »
RBGabb
Thank you so much for the lead. I will contact him right away and post here if I discover anything of use. I appreciate your response.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2020, 04:41:22 AM »
rbgarr, good thought about Donn.  He has restored and maintained a number of them.

Also, the Long Island Maritime Museum folks may know a bit:  https://www.limaritime.org/

They have an active boat restoration club there, and I've seen a Smith boat.

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2020, 06:38:19 AM »
Thanks for the follow-up. I have already emailed them and again will let you know if I find anything, Just as a matter of potential interest, I have posted a pic of the ID engraved on the top stair.
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