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From Beaton's to Beach Haven - A Cat Ghost BH G - cover

From Beaton's to Beach Haven - A Cat Ghost BH G

William W. Fortenbaugh

Publisher: Window Press Club

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The present book focuses on a twenty-eight foot wooden 
Catboot called Ghost. She belongs to a class of boats 
unique to Bornegat Boy in New Jersey. The class 
originated in 1922 and by 1924 was recognized as 
a racing class under the name A Cat. The class was 
seriously affected by the Great Depression, but it survived 
and began a renaissance in 1980, when David Beoton 
and Sons built Wasp, a new A Cat, following plans 
dating to i923. Ghost was Beaton's second A Cat and 
was an immediate success. Not only did she win seven 
consecutive Bay championships, 1994-2000 but also 
exhibited extraordinary craftsmanship. We might say 
that Ghost was and remains a paradigm of excellence 
in the construction oi wooden boats. Happily the 
building process was photographed in detail and is now 
recorded in book form. Photos paired with explanation 
take the reader from making patterns and preparing the 
woodshop to a celebratory launch at Beaton's rigging 
dock. That is followed by an account of Ghost’s initial 
disaster on the race course, a remarkable recovery and 
then twenty-two years of continuous competition. What 
made Ghost fast on the race course and what did not 
work are recorded for the reader's consideration. The 
conclusion focuses on Ghost’s new home at the New 
Jersey Maritime Museum.

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