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.
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 will spend the summer of 2019 sailing out of Chatham, MA.