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.
This Nonsuch-class yacht tends to sail with 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.
Misty Cat's modern navigation system includes a GPS chartplotter, radar and autohelm; a traditional binnacle compass; depth sounder and knot log; and VHF marine radio. She carries paper marine charts for the areas we sail in. Guests can participate in navigation and route planning at the chart table or the electronic nav suite. Auxiliary power is an inboard 22 hp diesel motor that will move her comfortably at 5 - 6 knots.