Misty Cat is a 26' Nonsuch-class sailboat – a Canadian-built vessel with an active owner's fleet upwards of 1,000 vessels from 22' to 36' long. These boats are recognized world-wide for the quality of their build and their design. With a hull design based on the traditional Cape Cod Catboat genre, the boat is quite beamy for its length, is heavy and sea-kindly, and has generous space in her cockpit and down below.
The traditional catboat rig (one large gaff mainsail, on a mast positioned at the bow) is modernized on the Nonsuch with an aluminum spar and a wishbone, instead of a boom. She has a wheel helm, spade rudder and a fin keel, making her easy to control and very responsive to the helm. The Nonsuch rig is notable for its ease of single-handed sailing.
She is ideally suited for our day charter adventures: a large deep cockpit offers safety and confidence for the crew. A dodger and bimini (canvas canopy) provide protection from wind, sun and rain. This type of boat and rig tend to sail with much less heeling angle than most other sailboats, this provides more comfort for less-experienced sailors. The cockpit arrangement allows the captain to stand by near the helm when guests are steering, for purposes of instruction and as a failsafe.
The cabin is large, providing a respite for guests who may want to nap or just relax and read or listen to music down below. There is an enclosed head (washroom with toilet and vanity), hot and cold running water, a galley including cookstove and icebox, a large dining table, and sleeping berths for 4 people.
Misty Cat is equipped with a modern navigation system comprised of a GPS chartplotter, radar and autohelm; a traditional binnacle compass; depth sounder and knot log; and VHF marine radio. She carries a full set of up-to-date marine charts for the areas we sail in. Auxiliary power is an inboard 22 hp diesel motor that will move her comfortably at 5 - 6 knots.