catboat

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catboat (plural catboats)

  1. A sailing boat with a single sail, usually rigged on a gaff spar, used for fishing in New England and later adapted for racing and cruising. Catboats can be recognized by a single mast set near to the bow and a long boom which may extend over the stern.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 10, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.

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