The catboat has been recognized as one of the true American boats. Its most successful version was developed for the difficult fishing and lobstering conditions along Massachusett’s Cape Cod. They worked as much as 30 miles offshore in shallow waters with strong tides. They had to be shoal draft, fast, seaworthy, weatherly, and inexpensive. It was a tall order…but the catboat did it all and more. Catboats exist today as popular yachts.
Plank on bulkhead model, with laser cut basswood and mahogany parts, is a fine example of this purpose developed boat.
Scale: 3/4″ = 1′ (1:16)
BlueJacket is one of the leading manufacturers of quality wooden ship model kits. This Maine-based company is perhaps the oldest ship model kit manufacturer, having been in continuous operation since 1905! The company focuses on American subjects. Most kits feature pre-carved solid wood hull, but many kits are laser-cut plank-on-bulkhead and some are even true plank-on-frame kits.
BlueJacket also maintains the Laughing Whale line of kits, which are predominantly small American watercraft. With the demise of Midwest boat kits, these are about the only source for these small subjects. However, you will find them to be excellent quality kits of classic subjects.
Note that BlueJacket kit instructions are provided in english only.