1974 classic Beetle Cat that is somewhat of a project boat for sale for $1800.00.
Important fact: this boat #1688 is fastened with silicon bronze.
I bought the boat 16 years ago from the Beetle Boat Shop in Mass. The shop installed a new centerboard trunk and skeg.
I brought the boat to Houston; Wooded it, stripped and varnished all bright wood, replaced canvas deck, recaulked with cotton, covered below waterline with two layers of West System cloth and epoxy, sanded and painted topsides and added a black tape boot toping.
All materials came from the Beetle Boat Shop.
Please look up Beetles on the web to learn more about this boat.
Also check Sailing Texas listing from 2012. The boat was sold then and the day before pick up the buyer said things had changed for him and I decided to keep such a fine boat.
I now have a 1955 mahogany Whirlwind and will be spending my time with her.
Over 4000 Beetles have and still are built of wood and cost about $20K new with sails.
Would suggest adding watertight sealing around centerboard trunk or inside trunk.
If sailing often then just presoak bilge preferably with salt water before launching to let the cedar expand.
The boat comes with all parts and and extra sail and cockpit cover. Brass letters GOOD TERN on bright transom.
Refresh varnish-can use Jamestown Distributors Lust varnish with no sanding between coats.
Use old floor boards as a pattern to replace.
Young man starting a sand blasting business got carried away and chewed up the boards and trunk using baking soda.
He should have stopped, he apologized.
The trim around the cockpit coaming is 1/4 round synthetic that can be bent with a hair dryer.
Try using larger size or steambent wood if you know how.
Beetle Cats look good, photograph well, are very seaworthy, carry lots of children and generate good conversation at the launch ramp.
Many pictures of New England show a Beetle swinging at a mooring at sunset or sailing in a fleet in Martha's Vineyard.
Black trailer designed for a Beetle is available as a separate item.
Freshly painted with good tires and new wheel bearings.