Catbird 18 by Chesapeake Marine Design

Daysailer/Pocket Cruiser

Length overall18'5.49 m
Beam8'2.44 m
Draft4'1.22 m
Draft (cb up)1'0.3 m
Weight2000 lbs907 kg
Sail area153 sq. ft.14.21 m2
Hull construction Plywood
Gallery 3 photos
See also Catbird 16Catbird 24



CATBIRD 18 was designed as a shallow draft sailboat with cruising accommodations for two adults and one or two children. A Vee berth is forward and large quarterberth is to port. A self bailing cockpit and effective sprit boom rig combine to provide a capable pocket cruiser. Look for a design review in Boat Design Quarter (No. 3).

Glue and screw construction is 1/2" plywood and epoxy over straight frames. Plans include: materials, lines, construction, and sail plan. A full size frame plan is available.

Estimated cost for quality construction materials (not including power or sails) is $12000. This cost includes a high level of outfit and finish you can be proud of after putting the effort into building this fine boat.

Interior layout
Alternative Gaff rig

Photo gallery

A Catbird 18 with a hull stretched to 21
A Catbird 18 with a hull stretched to 21


At anchor
At anchor

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Catbird 16 Catbird 16 by Chesapeake Marine Design
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Catbird 24 by Chesapeake Marine Design
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8' 6"
2.59 m
230 sq. ft.
21.37 m2

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