Murray Isles / Chestnut Teal

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  1. PsiPhi
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    PsiPhi Newbie

    Has anyone built one of these?
    Does anyone know anyone who has?
    Has anyone even seen one?

    Just been trawling the web for a small catboat and this one seemed the closest to what I think I want - but other than one photograph and two line drawings from the designers now defunct web site, I can't find a single reference to the boat.

    I would be interested to know how close to its specification the finished boat is.

    Simon.
     
  2. rwatson
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    This is a very old design - I dont think Murray is interested in 'little boats' any more, so support would be hard to get. He is hard enough to contact for current assignments. Never heard of any actually being built.
     
  3. PsiPhi
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    PsiPhi Newbie

    OK, thanks for that.
    I'll put the Charles Wittholz back to the top of the list, I guess.
     
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  5. PsiPhi
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    PsiPhi Newbie

    Yes, I had a look there earlier.
    What I was looking for was something a bit shorter and closer to the traditional catboat ratio of 1:2, with a similar look.
    The Chestnut Teal appealed as it has a very shallow draft, only 8 inches.
    The other alternative I was considering was the Bolger Catfish, scale it up to 16ft and add a small cabin. Saw a picture where someone had done that to a Bobcat, it looked good, and it was sailing.
     

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    RE Isles Cat Boat

    We think we have one of these. We know our boat Jemima is a Murray Isles designed tasmanian fishing boat. It is 14' long with a gaff rig sail. It was built in 1985 by Nigel Cox in Canberra.

    We have not seen another one like it, it will be at the Narooma Boats afloat, celebration of traditional boats on the 7th and 8th of November 2009

    If you're in the area be sure to say hello

    Basso
     
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