3313[bolger] Re: Yellow Leaf & Catfish
- Feb 29, 2000KF4call@... wrote:
>Warren and all,
> Matthew and all;
> I have sure enjoyed the few pictures of Catfish. . . If one was sitting in the cabin, how high up on the sides
> would your head be? Regards, Warren
IF one built a Catfish as designed with the open interior, the coaming
would be right about head height. I am 5'11" tall, and I couldn't sit
under the side decks without scrunching. I put in bench seats at the
same height as the lazarette, and that seemed to work pretty well. The
coaming went right across the middle of my back. Higher seats would have
been more comfortable (they were about 10 inches above the cabin sole),
but would have precluded laying on the bench under the deck.
The Catfish was an interesting boat to sail, and not at all like the
fin-keeled sloops to which I am most accustomed. It is quite fast, even
on the wind, but it doesn't go to windward that well. A dagger board
would help, but the added complexity is probably not worth it. Off the
wind the Catfish screams. Except in big following seas with that long
boom--then I was the one doing the screaming. The boat is quite light,
and it surfs pretty well in waves. I often found myself going downwind
faster than much larger boats, especially in smooth water and light
winds. The Catfish has a narrow waterline beam, so it accelerates
readily with each little puff.
With the deck stringer run under the decks (rather than on top as shown
on the plans), I generally found that the best place to sit was out on
the side deck with my feet resting on the benches in the cockpit.
Coudn't do this in very light winds upwind though (induced too much
heel), but off the wind with the boom out I often sat out on the decks
to create more clearance between the boom end and the water. Dangerous
spot in an accidental jibe. Most of the time, I preferred to stand while
sailing the boat. It is a very stable platform, and standing seemed a
natural way to sail it.
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