Designed by Fenwick Williams, built by Anthony Noon, restored by the Jones family, "Paula Anne's" roots are family and fishing.

 
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Originally designed for fishing in Massachusetts, catboats feature a beam typically half their length. This creates a wide, stable and spacious area for fishermen to work. In "Paula Anne's" case, a 12.5' beam creates a large, spacious cockpit that can comfortably seat plenty of family and friends. Another key element to the catboat's success as a fishing vessel is her shallow draft. Rather than a permanent fixed keel, "Paula Anne's" adjustable centerboard would allow her to navigate around and even over the sandbars that Cape Cod is known for. 

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Catboats are also known for their straightforward rigging. "Paula Anne" has a freestanding mast which requires very little standing rigging and supports a single, large gaff mainsail. This makes her easy to sail single-handedly without ever having to leave the cockpit. Another unique design element of the "Paula Anne's" rig is a bronze tripod on the foredeck to support the boom. Rather than transferring the pressure of the sail onto the mast, the boom connects to a large bronze pedestal that is anchored into her heavy deck frames.

 

 

Paula Anne specs

Length – 25'
Width – 12.5'
Sail Area – 350 square feet
Engine –  Custom electric drive
Hull – Cedar planking on oak
Spars – Unknown laminated wood