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Hull #14

ABOUT THE BOAT: This boat is in great original condition (see photos) and currently sailing in Texas. I've sailed this boat for 35 years! Built by the famous Pearson Corporation of Bristol, Rhode Island. 173 were produced from 1959-1963. Sadly, I don't get to sail much anymore. She sails fast, and is ready to hit the water. I'm the second owner, hull #14. Original invoice, 27-page owners manual, and copies of the "Tiger-Tails" official association publication, are included.


  • Customized Sportsman trailer, ready to travel
  • New main, with 8 tapered fiberglass battens built from originals and specification
  • New jib with adjustable luff line and a spare jib in good shape
  • Sail covers for both sails
  • I've kept all the original hardware: blocks, tracks, cleats, and pulleys. [I've replaced all with top of the line Harken and Schaeffer of the same type]
  • Original teakwood boom crotch
  • Good shock cords, control lines, jib and main sheets
  • Good teakwood rudder handles, turned on a lathe to match old originals
  • Professional top paint, deck surfacing, and rub rail
  • New wire/rope main halyard
  • Original "Hard sails" front and back splashguards (1960's turquoise and white)


  • L.O.A. 17'
  • waterline 15'10"
  • beam 7'11"
  • beam of each hull at waterline 1'3"
  • draft boards up 7", boards down 3'1"
  • sail area 235 sq. ft.
  • weight 585 lbs
  • Racing crew, two
  • Roller furling jib
  • pivoting mast
  • kick-up centerboards and rudders
  • self-bailing cockpit
  • New sails built by John Bartlett- Austin, Texas]

    HISTORY: Tigercat was the Winner of Yachting's 1959 One-of-a-Kind Regatta in Biscayne Bay (hull #1). In 1961 Tiger Cats won 6 out of seven "open" regattas in which they participated. At the National Championship, twenty-five Tiger Cats took part, making by far the largest group of one-design catamarans up to that time ever to cross a single starting line in the United States. [There's a picture of this in one of my books] Tiger cat was the first American catamaran association in the United States. Designed by Navel architect Robert B. Harris, this design was center stage in launching the catamaran revolution of the 1960's. Included are 4 hardcover books documenting this history, including "Modern Sailing Catamarans" by Robert B. Harris himself, 1960 describing many interesting details of Tiger cat's design and success. Many black and white pictures of Tiger cats are included in these four volumes.

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