The editorial staff has been snowed under here at Chine bLog, but we are now able to turn back to boats and boating from earlier in the summer. Happily we again found ourselves at beloved Cuttyhunk Island, MA, and, as always, we are awarding the prestigious Boat of the Trip, given to the most intriguing vessel we spied on our maritime travels.
There were two possible choices this year, and, on most cards, one would be obviously ahead of the other. For us, though, the obviousness is what does the first in. We’ll cover it, but we are going with [gasp] a production, fiberglass boat: The 15′ Sandpiper by Marshall Catboats. Here is our friend in his.
Whatever the construction, this is an amazing little boat that was right at home it its indigenous waters. Mrs. Chine bLog Sr. and I had a bit of a back-and-forth on the merits of catboats in general, but this little boat looked plenty solid and fun. Sure it isn’t going to point as well as a modern sloop, but let’s be serious, the lobstermen of Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound wouldn’t have developed these boats for so long if they didn’t do their job pretty well.
Though the hull is ‘glass, there are plenty of nice wood details on this boat. She looks and feels completely traditional. That is good enough for us. Great work, Marshall!