The official home of the Beetle Cat Sailboat since 1921

A Century Of Sailing

The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Beetle Cat sail boat. This will make the “Beetle Cat” the oldest one design that has been continuously produced out of wood and continues to be competitively raced for the past 100 years.

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Our Mission

The Beetle Boat Shop is dedicated to preserving the art of traditional Plank-On-Frame wood boat construction, using the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship while providing a source for new wooden Beetle Cat sailboats. In addition, the Beetle Boat Shop offers a full service boat yard for the Beetle community and Beetle sailors for maintenance, repairs, paint, parts, storage, and transportation...

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Celebrating 100 Years

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New Centennial Beetle Cat Sailboat

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100th Anniversary Leo J. Telesmanick Beetle Cat Championship

Chatham Yacht Club 2021

New Gifts & Apparel (new arrivals!)

Beetle Cat Battle Flag

Bronze Medallion

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Quality Craftsmanship & Materials

A visit to the Beetle Shop is like a step back in time. The pleasant smell of cedar greets you as you walk thru the front door and into the office, which is lined with historic photos and memorabilia...

Our History

The Beetle Cat was named after the Beetle family of New Bedford, MA who originally designed and built the small 12 foot gaff rigged wooden sailboat for their children in 1921. Famous for their Beetle Whaleboats, they used some of the same mass production techniques that enabled them to build quality whaleboats in record times...