Beetle Cat




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One-Design Class Type: Dinghy

Was this boat built to be sailed by youth or adults? Both

Approximately how many class members do you have? 250

About Beetle Cat

The Beetle Cat is a 12′ 4″ gaff-rigged wood catboat first built in 1921. It is the oldest one design racing fleet continuously built out of wood that is still actively raced. Beetle Cat sailboats compete all over the northeast with large fleets in Chatham, Bass River, Nantucket, West Falmouth, and Westport, MA; Weekapaug and Edgewood, RI; Brooklin, ME; and East Hampton, NY. With over 4,000 boats built to-date, it continues to remain a popular family boat for people of all ages.


Boats Produced: 4000

Class boat builder(s):

Beetle, Inc. –

Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 600

Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:

New England, Mid-Atlantic

Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? No

Ideal combined weight of range of crew:  300

Boat Designed in 1921

Beam: 6′

Weight of rigged boat without sails: 450

Draft: 8″ board up, 2′ board down

Mast Height: 14′