MARVEL is one of a handful of classic, antique Cape Cod Catboats still afloat. Built by the legendary Herbert F. Crosby in 1905, she last sailed ten years ago (2010) and is in serious need of repairs. Restoration was begun by her former owners but conditions have forced them to halt the effort. They have elected to donate the boat to RESTORE MARVEL, a grass-roots project focused on completing the restoration with funds raised in this campaign. John Conway, a member of the Board of Directors of the Catboat Association, will oversee the operation. Conway is well respected for his restoration of the 1908 Charles Crosby catboat, BUCKRAMMER, and for his popular books CATBOAT SUMMERS and BUCKRAMMER'S TALES. When she returns to the water in 2021, MARVEL will find a permanent home at historic Westport Point, MA.
Update: MARVEL has successfully moved from her 10 year rest on Cape Cod. Restoration work will continue at the F.L.Tripps & Sons boatyard in Westport, MA She is located adjacent to Shed #3 in the back lot of the marina. Please feel free to pay her a visit at any time. Stay tuned for further updates.
- Friends of the Catboat MARVEL.