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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Beetle Cats

Growing up on the Cape, these things were all over the place, as were
cat boats in general. Like "Grinders" and "Coffee Milk" they are predominently 
a South Eastern New England thing.  Twelve feet long and 6 feet wide and first
built in New Bedford by the Beetle family in the 20's, they make ideal sail
training boats.  In fact, Jacqueline Onasiss had one shipped over to Greece
in 1969 so that JFK Jr. and Caroline could learn to sail.  These boats have a cult
like following and alledgedly Stephen Spielberg owns one.  The are still built in
Wareham out of wood.


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