Cassiopeia is a special find – a 1991 Charles Wittholz Prudence Catboat in well maintained, excellent condition. At 38′ including bowsprit, she is 25′ on deck with a nice, wide 11.5′ beam that accommodates two queen berths and full standing headroom. She was built in 1991 near Genoa Italy and spent her first ten years in Venice, before making her way to the United States in 2015.
Charles Wittholz designed hundreds of sail and power boats during his fifty year career. He studied naval architecture at the University of Michigan and MIT, and worked in his early years under John Alden and Philip Rhodes. he is known primarily for his power trawlers and lovely catboat designs, of which Cassiopeia is a fine example.
She is constructed of Mahogany plank on frame and her owner describes her seams as watertight – “doesn’t leak a drop”. Her keel is Iroko, fastened to her hull with stainless steel bolts and her spars of sitka spruce. Her sails are dacron-colored yellow – to resemble the look of Egyptian cotton, and she has a roller furling jib and two new self-tailing winches. She is powered by a 37hp Lombardini diesel, with new cutlass bearing and Maxprop 3 blade folding prop.
If you’re into class boat racing, you could do some damage with this one. She has won the Indian Harbor 2017 Catboat class and the Spirit of Tradition Division, as well as the 2017 Heritage Cup Catboat class.
But she’s not just for racing the classic circuit – she’s fully capable of keeping a couple comfy on weekends out, with pressurized water, DC refrigerator, a new water heater, bluetooth stereo, and electric windlass. She sports a tiller autopilot and wireless windex, as well as a depth sounder.
She’s in Mamaroneck, New York in sail away condition, and her price has just been reduced to $35,000.