Cast Your Vote: Arey’s Pond Nominated for 2020 Classic Boat Award
We are very excited to announce that Libellule, the 24′ catboat we launched in July of 2019, has been nominated for a Classic Boat Award in the Spirit of Tradition under 40′ category. Every year, Classic Boat Magazine highlights exceptional new builds, restorations, and traditional designs.
Award winners are determined by public vote on Classic Boat’s website. We are honored to be considered and would very much appreciate your vote and support.
Libellule, the 24’ custom Arey’s Pond catboat that won ‘Best in Show’ at the 2019 Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, CT, was officially christened with a bottle of champagne and launched into Cape Cod waters on July 4, 2019.
Libellule, French for dragonfly, is a unique catboat built by Arey’s Pond Boat Yard in South Orleans, MA on Cape Cod. She is 24’ with a cold-molded hull and features many custom details. Many of the interior design choices for this vessel came from the necessity of the owner, a chef, to be able to cook onboard. While this catboat is only 24’ long, the galley is fully operational, complete with a gimbaled stove with oven and custom grill, refrigeration, granite countertops, and a walnut table.
The exterior has a teak deck and cockpit sole, and mahogany staving in the cockpit. The mast, built by Forte Spars, is carbon fiber with a faux wood finish. The boom and gaff are hollow Sitka spruce, and were built by Arey’s Pond. The build, in its entirety, took about two and a half years with 3 people working full time.
To date, Libellule is the largest catboat designed and built by Arey’s Pond Boat Yard. This is the first Arey’s Pond Catboat with a wheel. From design to launch, this has been one of our more rewarding projects due all of its custom details.
This catboat has a roomy cockpit, which comfortably fits 7 people. For overnights and cruises, 2 adults can sleep comfortably, and on cooler evenings, the wood stove will keep things cozy. In addition to the luxurious galley and cockpit, this catboat also features a head and a cockpit shower, with salt or fresh water options. Libellule is perfect for week-long sailing cruises up and down the eastern seaboard.
She has a mainsail, and is rigged with a carbon fiber bowsprit extension that provides the boat with the option of a roller furling jib. The sails were made by Thurston Quantum in Bristol, RI.
Libellule spent summer of 2019 sailing out of Chatham, MA.