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Kids Learn to Sail in Beetle Cat Sailboats

Kids Learn to Sail in Beetle Cat Sailboats

In 1921 the Beetle family of New Bedford, MA introduced the Beetle Cat boat as a means for children to learn how to sail safely while having fun. After WW II all the sailing clubs, yacht clubs, summer camps and youth groups used the Beetle Cat to teach sailing. (Baby Boomers) The Beetle Cat was… Continue Reading

Affordable Family Sailing in a Beetle Cat Sailboat

Affordable Family Sailing in a Beetle Cat Sailboat

Have you ever thought about sailing as a family but found it to be expensive to own a sailboat, or if you found a sailboat you could afford, it wasn’t suitable for the kids or a family? Well we at the Beetle Cat Boat shop have the solution, a good used Beetle Cat. With over… Continue Reading

Bluebird Houses Introduced at the Beetle Boat Shop

Bluebird Houses Introduced at the Beetle Boat Shop

Using scrap cedar wood from the construction of the Beetle Cat sail boats, owner Bill Womack and his grandson Filippo Tagliavia built a half dozen bluebird houses for novelty Christmas gifts. Introduced at the Beetle Boat Shop’s annual Christmas Open House on Dec 3rd, 2016 the birdhouses were an instant success. The bluebird houses were… Continue Reading

A Perfect Fit: Custom Handcrafted Wood Spars for Your Boat

A Perfect Fit: Custom Handcrafted Wood Spars for Your Boat

People who have a love for classic wooden boats are different from other types of boat owners. They have an appreciation for the timeless craft of boatbuilding that reminds one of a different era, when skill and craftsmanship were prized over things like mass production and high-tech solutions. When restoring a wooden boat or purchasing… Continue Reading

Custom Boat Projects

Custom Boat Projects

Despite the evolutions and changes in the way the world thinks about yachts, boats and vessels, the wood boat survives and has withstood the test of time. Wood construction is easily customized and offers unparalleled options. The raw materials are renewable and the construction technology is proven. Wood boats are built of individual pieces that… Continue Reading

Beetle Boat & Spar Shop in the Media

Beetle Boat & Spar Shop in the Media

We are dedicated to preserving the art of traditional Plank-On-Frame wood boat construction using the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship and we take great pride in being featured in prominent boating media outlets. Here are just some of the media outlets we’ve been featured in: Sail Magazine Classic Boat Magazine Yachting Magazine – American… Continue Reading

Come Sail With Me: Beetle Cat Boats

Come Sail With Me: Beetle Cat Boats

By Dennis Caprio, Photography by Billy Black A civil engineer from Alabama rescues the Beetle Cat from the brink of extinction. I sailed a Beetle Cat for the first time in 1999 on the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut. It was one of the Seaport Museum’s livery fleet and in fine condition. Sharon Brown, at… Continue Reading

New generation of Beetle Cat sailors

New generation of Beetle Cat sailors

By Chris Museler With 15-20 coloured sails on the line every weekend, the diminutive cedar-planked gaffer now has its next generation of junior crews carrying on the torch. It was started in the late 1950s by Sloat Hodgson of the Chappaquoit Yacht Club in West Falmouth. The boats were used for junior training and Hodgson… Continue Reading

Reefing – Why? & How!

Reefing – Why? & How!

As we all know from experience, Beetle Cats sail best in light and moderate winds. On the surface of it, this fact seems somewhat ironic since the Beetle is a design adaptation of the 16-30 foot Cape Cod Catboat, a popular commercial fishing craft of the 1800s and early 1900s designed primarily for heavy weather… Continue Reading

The Forgotten Art of Scandalizing

The Forgotten Art of Scandalizing

In the hey-day of the big working cats, scandalizing was a standard catboat sailing skill that has been almost totally forgotten today. This is unfortunate because scandalizing is a very handy, simple-to learn technique, and I’ll bet there isn’t a Beetle cat sailor alive who couldn’t have avoided some hair-raising heavy weather experience if he… Continue Reading