When we researched the design of an easy to build, easy to sail 12' cat boat with a marconi sail, we found probably 20 examples in our library. From the Penguin to the Cherub plus a dozen other boats in the same style, this was nothing new except that none combined modern materials with ease of building. All were old fashioned plywood on frame designs except of the Cherubs but those ones were not easy to build.
The Bruce Farr designed Cherub was one of the best but we liked the low chine of some others and the result is our Cat 12. Not as complicated as the Penguin, probably a better sailor too, she is without doubt much easier to build and to sail.
The wide beam will provide good forgiving stability to a beginner but as he gains experience he will enjoy the performance potential and maybe be race her against other boats of her size.
The ideal crew is one or two persons.
The wide seats will be comfortable for relaxed sailing but the plans also show a 3" (75mm) wide rubrail to sit on in strong winds.
A couple of nice features are worth mentioning. The halyard is used as a forestay: it returns to a block at the bow, inside the hull and from there to the mast. That block is fastened to a strap on the inside thread of the bow U-bolt: we save one nut and one washer! The swept back shrouds go to a Do-It-Yourself rigging screw on the rear side of the mast partner. The plans show how to make such a part from an eye bolt and a wing nut. One can also use plain lashings. The lifting system for the centerboard does not use any hardware, see our HowTo file at bateau2.com for a description.
The plans show two sails and four different spars. Each sail is 77 sq.ft., marconi type (= triangular)
All these options can be combined to customize your boat: build her as simple or as sophisticated as you want.
A last option is a locker in the rear compartment: we show how to cut and make a lid.
Sailing with stability and the most fun you can have without getting wet
Handy boat that can be rowed, sailed, and powered with up to three large adults
Bay Skiff 12
Handy-sized skiff for rowing and sailing
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