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Wm. J. Kolkmeyer Yachts, LLC
Garry Hoyt designed. A fast, stable and innovative improvement on the traditional catboat. A Centerboard and kick up rudder allow for shallow water sailing and easy beaching. A carbon fiber mast and Hoyt boom affords easy sail handling. Huge cockpit that can easily seat eight people. Large cockpit table and cuddly cabin. The Mainsail wraps around rotating mast for infinite reefing and easy stowage.
The Alerion Express 19 Catboat has got to be one of easiest sailboats to sail you could ask for. Hop aboard, untie the boat, unroll the main and grab the tiller and your off sailing; that's it!
This one comes complete with a trailer (take it to your favorite quiet lake, or how taking her down to the Florida Keys...and when it comes time to put her away that's easy to; you can store her in the driveway.
She also come with a Tohatsu 5hp LNG outboard, bulkhead compass, cockpit cushions, folding cockpit table and batteries for lights.
A FUN EASY BOAT FOR YOUNG OR OLD,. READY FOR A GREAT DAY ON THE WATER. NOVICE OR OLD SALT
Article from Sailing by Robert Perry
Garry Hoyt and the Alerion team bring us this updated version of the traditional Cape Cod catboat. Catboats are older than Bill Wyman and may be an acquired taste. Certainly the styling, with its snubbed-off ends and super broad transom, gives the catboat its distinct look. However, we are seeing more boats today with minimal overhangs and broad sterns, so the catboat does not look as foreign as it did to me in the early '60s.
Garry Hoyt can't leave anything alone. The catboat came with a number of genetic weaknesses or "personal idiosyncrasies" and Garry attacked these with his typical innovative attitude. Catboats have too much weather helm. Catboats don't go to weather. The solution to this was to renovate the rig using a free-standing, carbon-fiber mast and the independent, deck-mounted, patented, Hoyt freestanding self-vanging boom, known as the PHFSSVB.
The beauty of this rig-and I do own a boat with this rig-is that you can roll the mainsail up around the mast. This allows you to reef effortlessly to any increment of mainsail area and it also allows you to get rid of the main quickly when you get to the dock. You put this boat to bed in 30 seconds. You get under way in 30 seconds. This is good. It allows for those impulse sails when half an hour of pre-sail preparation might be enough to convince you to stay home. Consider that this squatty little boat has an SA/D of 34.
This hull looks remarkably like that of any other catboat. Even some of the old cats had hollowed entries. The Hoyt catboat pushes this hollow farther and reduces volume forward. I suppose the turn of the bilge aft might be tighter than the older models, but I don't have hull lines so that's just a guess. Traditional catboats had big, triangular, flat-plate centerboards. These worked somewhat. Garry's board is a higher-aspect-ratio board that is shown with two different shapes depending upon the drawing. Note how far aft the board is. This will help with weather helm.
The Express Cat's rudder is quite unusual. Catboats traditionally had big, barn-door rudders, long in chord and short in span. Moving the center of pressure of the rudder exacerbated the cat's proclivity for weather helm. Heel an old catboat over and this rudder blade acted like a speed-brake drag device. Excessive chord length was intended to make up for lack of span, as shoal draft was a requisite of these boats. The basic catboat rudder has become a classic-looking shape and Garry retained that while using an innovative pivoting blade that drops out of the big rudder cheeks. This gives the cat a modern, high-aspect-ratio rudder blade. The rudder blade swings up when you bump the bottom.
An important part of sailing for me is independence. I see this catboat as a way for the less-than athletic sailor to get away by himself and to sail safe and dry in any weather. I hate outboards, so I'd give it a try without auxiliary power for a while. I'd just fit a tiller-operated autopilot, pack a generous lunch, take a few issues of The Audiophile Voice and enjoy a day of relaxing sailing and reading. If this sounds good, Don't overlook Garry Hoyt's new catboat. Sailboats don't have to be complicated to be fun.