Here’s a short 2 minute video of sailing the Com-Pac Sun Cat in Aransas Bay. Turn up the volume. Enjoy.

We finally decided on a name for the boat. She will be named the Molly Brown after the very inspiring woman, Titanic survivor and philanthropist Margaret Brown. She also kind of looks like a Molly 🙂

Some very sensible additions that came with the boat:

  • Two deep cycle marine batteries with switch and voltmeter
  • Sail cover, boat cover, tiller cover and bimini. Unfortunately all the canvas is black, which would not be my first choice for Texas, but better than not having it.
  • Small storage bins inside the cabin
  • Porta-potti
  • Portable stove
  • Anchor, chain and rhode (had to upgrade anchor, see below)
  • 6 hp Tohatsu outboard
  • Magic Tilt trailer
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Expansion cushions and support for v-berth

I have made a few modifications to the boat to make her a little easier to single and and more able to deal with the central Texas coast:

  • Installed a lighted bulkhead compass on the rear cabin bulkhead on the port side
  • Had 2 more sets of reef points added to the sail (total of 3). There aren’t many options for reducing sail on a catboat.
  • Set up sail reefing so that all could be handled either from the cockpit or standing in the companionway so that crawling out on the deck was no longer required
  • Installed lazy jacks to catch the sail and gaff making raising and lowering the sail, as well as reefing, much easier
  • Added a block to the outhaul on the boom to reduce friction and wear
  • Got a larger Bruce type anchor to replace the too small one that came with the boat. Will use the smaller one for a second anchor when two are needed.
  • Replaced trailer winch

Next: Will add a harness loop to the cabin top approximately amidships. It’s not good to fall overboard when you are single handling without a tether.

More to come…