2010 Com-Pac Horizon Cat


Erie, PA

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Class Sails
Category Daysailers
Year 2010
Make Com-Pac
Length 20'
Propulsion Type Other
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type
Location Erie, PA
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Bella is a Pristine example of the Classic Horizon Cat. Show like nearly new. FEATURES an Inboard Yanmar 1 GM 10 Diesel. 2010 Magic Tilt Tandem-axle trailer with new tires.
Custom Navy Blue Hull Color
Transom Boarding Ladder
Bulkhead-Mounted Compass
Harken Winches
Stainless Steel Bruce Style Anchor
Navy Blue Fabric Interior Cushions
Cockpit Cushions
Cockpit Wheel Cover
Teak Cockpit Grate
Sail Cover
Hatch Screens
2 Marine batteries
12 Amp Battery Charger
Icom VHF Radio
Garmin GPS
2 Sinks with Hand Pumps
Butane Stove
Henry Lloyd Foul Weather gear
Adult PDF Child PDF
Docklines & Fenders
Pota Potti 
Midship Cleats 
Dacron Mainsail with Lazy Jacks
MAST HEIGHT above WL: 23 FT. 4 IN. (sail down), 29 FT. 4 IN. (sail up)


Pocket Cruiser

Carrying on the catboat tradition in a smart new design I was surveying the assembled fleet at this year's Perry rendezvous and feeling pretty good when I noticed a smallish catboat setting sail and heading out of the harbor. I've always liked Cape Cod catboats. The have character to burn. They are simple and have a distinct personality that, although quirky at times, is on the whole, endearing. Surrounded by 48 somewhat plush and over-equipped Perry designs, it occurred to me that a 20-foot catboat would be close to my ideal for an "old man's" boat. That could easily be translated into a "smart man's" boat.

The Horizon cat started life as the Herreshoff America, designed by Halsey Herreshoff and built by Nowak and Williams. The Hutchins brothers of Com-Pac yachts bought the tooling and redesigned the boat to fit it into their family of shoal-draft cruising yachts. The hull form remained the same, but they added a shallow keel and centerboard, and modified the deck and rig. This handsome hull is made even better-looking on paper by Bruce Bingham's skillful and playful drafting. We don't hear much from Bruce these days, so it's good to see him being published once again.

Cape Cod cats were the original fatsos and you can see this in the drawings and the L/B of 2.4. These boats were keelless centerboarders, and it was this beam that gave them stability and carrying capacity.

The 8-foot, 4-inch beam and lack of overhangs coupled with a displacement of 2,500 pounds and a D/L of 200 make this a big 20-footer. This boat is no rocket, but it won't be a pig either. It will go to weather about as well as you would expect a gaff-rigged boat to point, and it will offer a stiff ride for those of you who like to sail on the flat side. I think many of you would be surprised at just how well this cat will sail. Board-up draft is 26 inches. Note the rudder is a kick-up type.

Catboat's traditionally are gaff rigged. This keeps the center of pressure low to help stability and minimizes the complexity of the standing rigging. Some cats even fly a small, high-aspect-ratio jib (a jiblet?) from the forestay. Gaff rigs are fun. The old-timers would just ease off on the peak halyard and let the gaff sag to about 90 degrees when the wind increased in what was called a "fisherman's reef." It sounds awful to me, and you can see here that this 20-footer is rigged with normal reef cringles for a single, traditional reef.

One quirk of catboats is that the weather helm can be a bit sporty from time to time. But the aft location of this centerboard should help keep this cat well balanced. Also, I'd feel a bit shortchanged if my catboat didn't have a manly helm on a reach. It's just part of the fun of sailing a catboat.

Below you have two berths and a forward compartment for a porta potti.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Contact Information

Contact Tracy Buczak CPYB, tracy@rcryachts.com, 814-455-6800, 716-680-4554 cell, 960 West Bayfront Parkway, Erie, PA 16507

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2010 Com-Pac Horizon Cat

A New Breed of Cat Boat

The Horizon Cat is a classic boat for the diehard traditional sailor a real Cape Cod cat with a shallow fin keel for added stability and windward performance.

A high-aspect kick-up rudder is incorporated for convenience and extremely light helm. Quick, nimble, and comfortable, the Horizon Cat has a large cockpit and extensive accommodations.

Pristine condition
Inboard Yanmar 1GM10
2010 Magic Tilt Trailer
Navy Blue Hull
Harken Winches
Dacron Sail (Cat Rig)
Porta poti
Butane stove, Icom VHF
2 batteries, Charger
Wheel Cover, sail cover Cockpit cushions

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