Barnstable Cat Boat

Bellport, New York | C.1921

Photo Credit: Howie Guja

It became famous as the boat of choice for the likes of Jackie Onassis, Stephen Spielberg, and Calvin Klein. Designed by Carl Beetle in 1921, it was a wooden sailboat with a single sail hanging from a mast unusually situated on the bow of the dinghy. This boat pictured, however, is not that boat. Sporting a fiberglass hull and deck, the Barnstable Cat Boat is a modern reproduction of Beetle’s original design, the Beetle Cat Boat, though observers watching from the pier probably won’t know the difference.

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