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Cape Cod Meets Galveston Bay
Posted By: Sailor, 02-07-2007, 05:11 PM

Seeing Ken's great site with Down East pictures of buoys huddled in the winter waiting for use reminded me of a shot I took when sailing on Galveston Bay last October. It shows a classic New England catboat - a Marshall Cat - approaching a classical Texas gas/oil rig perched in shallow water. We don't encounter many catboats down here, but I remember seeing them all over the place when I lived in Boston.



Another shot I grabbed the same afternoon as my wife steered "Cut Time" our Texas-classical Catalina 30 into the Kemah Channel heading for the marina and cocktail hour.



Won't be long till we start sailing again here in Texas!!

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Nice contrast between the dark oil rig and the very white cat.
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Have you tried cropping this to get a kind of "Beauty and the Beast" juxtapositioning between the yacht and the ugly rig?
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Have you tried cropping this to get a kind of "Beauty and the Beast" juxtapositioning between the yacht and the ugly rig?
Rolly, here is a tighter crop - I think it does work better.



Here's a closer shot of the boat alone.



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Nice contrast between the dark oil rig and the very white cat.
Hey, thanks, Clarence.

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Only in Texas...

...nice capture Jer, Galveston's nice, but the entire coast is too humid!

Interesting boat, never could identify the different types, now railroad locomotives are a different matter.
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I like that tighter crop too. Puts more emphasis on the subjects.

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Great shots. I really like cat boats. I have sailed scows with a cat rigged marconi sail, but never a classic New England cat boat. Would like to try it sometime.

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Love the shots! Lots of Cat boats in Boston and lower New England, not so much in Maine. They are great sailing boats, especially on a reach. Hope to get down to Hinkley Yachts next month and take some shots of them in production.

Thanks for posting,
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Love the shots! Lots of Cat boats in Boston and lower New England, not so much in Maine. They are great sailing boats, especially on a reach. Hope to get down to Hinkley Yachts next month and take some shots of them in production.

Thanks for posting,
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Please do!

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Jer,
Love the shots! Lots of Cat boats in Boston and lower New England, not so much in Maine. They are great sailing boats, especially on a reach. Hope to get down to Hinkley Yachts next month and take some shots of them in production.

Thanks for posting,
Ken: Hinkley . . . oh man. The masters of sailboat building . . . I can't wait to see your pictures. All I'll ever be able to do is look . . . . I don't have a few million available at the moment to buy one.

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Won't be long till we start sailing again here in Texas!!

Jer

Jer, you really know how to hurt a guy! we won't be sailing here till at least May! :cries:

Nice cat btw, owned one as a youngster, not a Marshal cat, small 17 footer, couldn't point worth a damn but was great off the wind and fairly stable in a blow. And easy to single hand. None of the cats can point, no jib, but they do real well on a reach. And the centerboard makes them great for claming and gunk holing.

NaCl(the heck with LBA! I'm gonna buy another boat!)H2O
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Hinkley! Now that's the way to travel! My first "real" boat was Maine built, Jonesport Sloop re-rigged as a ketch at some point. Built in Jonesport Maine probably before the Depression. Someone put in a small inboard aux in it but because of the internal framing the shaft came out at an angle to the centerline. It was ok in forward, but soon as you put in in reverse the damn thing would make a gentle turn to port, no matter what way the wheel was turned...despite all it's quirks, (and leaks!) I loved that boat.

NaCl(boat= a hole in the water surrounded by wood or fiberglass into which you pour scads of money)H2O +
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Wow, Those are nice shots, Sailor!


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NaCl(boat= a hole in the water surrounded by wood or fiberglass into which you pour scads of money)H2O +
LOL - Salty, that just made my day! Never owned a boat but that could just well sum up what I think of boats if I ever can afford one.
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NaCl(boat= a hole in the water surrounded by wood or fiberglass into which you pour scads of money)H2O +
No kidding, and they say racing a sailboat seriously is like standing in a cold shower shredding Thousand dollar bills (for those that don't sail, a thousand dollars is referred to as a "boat buck").

One good thing about owning a sailboat (even a very modest one like mine): they make LBA and GAS seem (just seem) less expensive than they really are.

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