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Skip Allan spent New Year's Day painting non-skid on his new project. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
Skip's New Cat
January 2, 2012
On New Year's Day we found Skip Allan in the driveway of his house in Capitola taking advantage of the sunny, warm weather to paint non-skid on the decks of his new creation.
Olympic sailor Robbie Haines called a couple of months ago and asked Skip what he was up to. "I'm building a cat," said Skip. "Is it for the America's Cup?" asked Robbie. Enjoying the joke, Skip replied, "Robbie, I'm sorry, I can't tell you. Any rumors about a five-part wing mast simply aren't true."
What Skip has been building since October 2010, from scratch, out of plywood, and is a Howard Spruit/Skip Allan-designed Frogcat 22, a trailerable, ramp-launchable pocket cruiser.
When asked when he plans to launch it, he said, "Two months ago!" The new anticipated launch is now sometime in the spring, in Point Richmond. The first real cruising grounds will be the Pacific Northwest. "With light winds and lots of beautiful anchorages for the shake down," he mentioned. For power, the boat uses a mast, boom and sails from a Hobie Cat, a Star Boat, a Moore 24 and a Rhodes 19. For auxiliary power, it uses a 6 hp Tohatsu 4-stroke that will go 6-8 knots and has an alternator. The one lee daggerboard will sit four feet in the water and is also made of plywood.
Boat builder Dave Wahle gave him a small piece of carbon fiber. "I don't know where to stick it yet, but I'll be able say it's a composite boat."