Just to let you know, "Easy Rider" sails fantastic and is also the hit of the boat yard. People stop and stare at your art work. Voted prettiest boat in the yard. As a matter of fact, out on the water this weekend, other boaters were taking pictures of "Easy Rider" and giving me a thumbs up. Just a dream to sail.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for designing and building such a wonderful boat.
Thank you for taking the time (and having the patience!) to help us get started with learning how
to rig, launch, retrieve and de-rig her. And thank you for promoting catboat sailing in general.
I had to write to share with you some of our experiences.
After our first sail, Roger and I took the mast down ourselves (our “spotter”, my brother-in-law
who took the photos I sent earlier, had left). As we laid the mast in its cradle, I noticed a father
with his young son watching us. Fortunately, everything went very smoothly, as if we’d been
doing this all our lives. The father turned to his son and said, “Wasn’t that cool?”! Another boater
parked next to us in the launch ramp lot complimented us on our “beautiful old boat”. A true
testament to her lovely classic lines.
The whole process, as well as our time on the water, of course, was very rewarding.
We received multiple compliments on our gorgeous boat. But she doesn’t just look nice, she
sails like a dream.
Thank you again for getting us started on a love affair with our Arey’s Pond Catboat.
Please accept my thanks and appreciation for your efforts and the efforts of your team in completing the restoration of Conjurer. The result speaks for itself. The winning of the Broadaxe Award is a further testament to the quality of work one can expect from your yard and is well deserved. My family and I look forward to many years of sailing and enjoying the beautiful waters of Pleasant Bay on this wonderful boat.
Tony: By the way, even at the end of the season I had multiple people comment on how beautiful the sailboat is. I picked up some people at Wequassett and drew a crowd of admirers. Between the transom, the interior wood, the off-white deck, the hidden motor, and the sail color, it really has an amazing classic look. And unlike my previous sailboat, the passengers actually really like the comfort of it.
Dik & Serena
Tony: As Serena and I look back on the last three sailing seasons on Pleasant Bay in our APBY 14' Cat "Cricket", we are astounded at the richness and variety of our sailing experiences.-Evening sails around Hog Island, checking on the welfare of the osprey chicks-Sails to the Chatham Lighthouse with the grandkids to make sure the light is still flashing-Surfing the incoming swells at the new Chatham break, "Catboat Surfing"-Sailing right up onto the beach on the back side of Strong Island for a leisurely swim and a picnic lunch-Dragging the grandkids the length of Pleasant Bay behind the Cat-Late fall sails through snow showers and flocks of migrating ducksWe think that "Cricket" is the perfect boat.She handles like a dream, sails in 10" of water, does well in rough conditions, and always gets us home!Being over 60, I appreciate the ease with which I can pull the boat off of the sandbars and off of the beach.
Thank you for creating and building this marvelous boat, and for the outstanding service we get at the Arey's Pond Boat Yard.
-Dik & Serena, Acton, MA
Tony: The season is going well and "Bolero" has been getting a lot of use. I hope the same is true for you. I continue to be amazed at how at home she is in the chop, swells and winds of Lake Erie. I've had her out singlehanded in 15 Knots and 3 footers and as well as one day in 4+ ft swells that were left over after a couple of days of stormy weather. You are welcome to use any of my comments in the website. Let me know if you need any photos in addition to the ones you have. One question..how far down is "fully down" for the centerboard? I've been keeping at least a little of the corner of the board inside the trunk.
Tony: I am a real fan of the APBY 14.
"Pipit" is the perfect boat for the Westport River. I have sailed her in lots of wind and barely any, and she is fast and amazingly stable in either condition.
Her ability to sail well with barely any board down is a godsend in a river full of tidal flats.
I think she can beat to windward in as little as a foot of water, which gives me a lot more sailing hours than a boat that needs more draft. As you probably know, Westport has fierce tides because the harbor mouth is very narrow and the two branches add up to a huge a volume of water.
There is a Marshall 14 in the harbor with an outboard hanging off her transom. "Pipit" doesn't have any need for a motor even when the wind is quite light. Sit down to leeward, and she can lee bow her way through the strongest currents with ease. What I like most is her flexibility.
She is a treat to sail singlehanded; but is equally pleasant with three or four adults and or some grandchildren in the big cockpit.
Tony: "SWEET" (APBY 14 #240 with many custom touches, bronze hardware, Reineck blocks, with the carbon mast and gaff painted to look traditional) has been a total success.Â Stunningly beautiful, rugged, she sails like a dream, and wins hearts everywhere.Â She's cruised with us on our trawler from Grenada to Mount Desert, including day-sailing through the Exumas, joining the NYYC/RYS rendezvous at Bitter End YC, and blazing through the NYYC cruise from Cuttyhunk to Edgartown at 8 knots over the ground.Simply, a joy!
Tony: When the time came for me to step up to a 14' after years in a Beetle, it was clear to me that the best 14 among all those available was built by APBY.The classic lines, the fine entry, the wide cockpit coaming and the shallow after quarter all said "buy me".The solid hull and deck construction and the carbon fiber sparsÂ looked likeÂ the 14 wouldÂ sail bigger thanÂ she is.Now that I have CAT'atude, and have sailed her in many winds and situations, I couldn't have been more correct.This is a terrific catboat, responsive, stiff, fast, forgiving and beautiful and she is built by a dedicated and experienced crew of sailor/boatbuilders.Â If you are looking for a small cat that you want to fit you like a glove, then you need not look any further than the APBY racing 14.
Charles & Beth
Tony: Just a note to say thank you for yesterday's delivery and lessons. It was a perfect day.-Charles and Beth
P.S. The Christening [of Margalo] was terrific. People love this beautiful small yacht.[caption id="attachment_670" align="alignnone" width="669"] Margalo[/caption]
I had a 14 ft Cat, that I bought from you about 5 yrs ago. I am very sorry I sold it. Do you have a simiar used boat? Or, how much are your new ones?
Thanks, -Jim Prettyman, Ooltewah, TN
Thanks for the news. I especially appreciate the instructions on heaving to. I used to heave to my sloops, but wasn't sure how it worked with a catboat. I have a little anecdote that I thought you might enjoy. I was sailing Bolero with a friend last weekend off Catawba Island when a guy in a jet ski circled around us , then came alongside and said "I just wanted to tell you that, that is the most beautiful boat on all of Lake Erie." So there you have it.Â A new title for your Cat 14!
Bill & Marie Pastore
Great seeing you yesterday, Marie and I enjoyed the sail and your knowledge... You are the ultimate professional. Its been 3 years since we purchased our Cat Boat and we couldn't be more pleased with her performance and looks. We had the most amazing sail last week over 3 plus hours through Pleasant Bay and around Strong Island. The colors of the grasses were vibrant , the different shades of color in the bay were amazing and our baby handled perfectly. The bird life in and around North Beach and Strong Island is second to none . Oyster Catchers, Snowy Egrets , Blue Herons and on and on! We Beached the boat had a quick lunch , had a nap in the cabin and had the most wonderful day. Thanks for the opportunity to make it all happen . We get asked all the time about our Cat boat... she deserves the attention she gets! Your team at Areys is great, they are responsive and pay attention to detail and every year Veronica comes back looking like new. Thanks for all of that and thanks for the passion for customer service and excellence in boat building. we will be customers of Areys pond Boat Yard forever.
Bill and Marie Pastore
It just so happens that we are in Italy. Unfortunately we are much further south in the Aeolian islands. We have been sailing the catboat almost everyday and Tom loves it. So do I. Congratulations on building a wonderful sailing boat. We will not be making that far north so we will have to get the rigging lesson from you later. I will send photos of 'Cleopatra' soon.
All the best,
A word of thanks for the great job on the 14 foot catboat, "Cleopatra". I just returned from a two hour sail in her around the island of Panaria and she handles wonderfully, points like a champ and is lovely to the eye. I am really happy with this little yacht which fits perfectly aboard Atlantide and looks excellent on deck. Hope to have you aboard one day to see for yourself.
Richard & Patricia
Hi Tony and all,
We just put Annikki into storage for the winter. With low lake levels and our lightning caused home fire on this summer just before the 4th we didn't get out as much as we would have liked but did enjoy about 15 hours of lake time with amazing mileage with the Yanmar; not to mention the many compliments by those who saw her. Hopefully next summer will be better.
Richard and Patricia.[caption id="attachment_663" align="alignnone" width="428"] A Sweet Boat, Parked at Home in International Falls, MN[/caption]
We really LOVE the new boat! She has created a bit of a stir on Lewis Bay. We have had lots of compliments on how pretty she is, and have noticed people taking pictures. My favorite was when a man sailing a beautiful very classic Herreshoff sloop altered course to come alongside to admire her. One of our launch drivers is a great admirer, too, thinking the boat looks just right in the mooring field with a Herreshoff 12 1/2 and a bunch of Wianno seniors nearby. The launch driver makes a point each day of writing a quote-able quote on the wind and weather chalkboard on the pier. Yesterday, the quote was "Life's too short to own an ugly boat." We told her on Friday that that seemed to be the APBY motto. I was swimming around the boat a few days ago, and from that vantage point I decided she would have been a perfect character in the wonderful children's TV program "Theodore Tugboat." All the characters were various radio controlled tugboats in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hope you were familiar with it. Thanks again for building us the "Perfect" boat. We hope you will pass on to everyone in your crew who had a hand in building her how very happy we are.
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey B. Goldstein
With the previous solid mast I had to reset the mast wedges regularly due to the violent wake-induced rocking (about 90 deg.) loosening them. New mast works well. Not as violent motion in waves at mooing. I never touched the wedges on the carbon mast. The boat also seemed "lighter on its feet". Stepping a piece of cake!
A happy customer.