We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Catboats remain common in New England. I wonder about other parts of the country, and the world. They were designed for comfort, seaworthiness, and ease of sail-handling - not for speed. It's never a terrible idea to have an ugly outboard on the stern of one, just in case.
We don't see a lot of catboats out here in the Pacific Northwest, but they're here nonetheless. We built a 'cat in 2008 to the exact plans for the Crosby catboat Mystic Seaport used to build the >Breck Marshall
My first chance to go sailing was on a catboat in Milwaukee harbor. That trip made a good foundation when I married my-husband-the-writer twenty years later and came down to Texas, where you can sail [and compete] twelve months of the year. We don't see many catboats down here, although our first boat purchase after we married was a 24 foot sloop, a Cal-T-4. My husband had had a 28-foot Pearson before we married, but he sold it to get the money to move me down to Texas ["greater love hath no man" etc., etc.,] I really do love sailboat racing, and we had a lot of fun...
I have roots in the New Bedford area, and cat boats are everywhere. Beetle cats are wonderful for kids to learn to sail on, and then you can take them out when you're relatively young with just your friends (a couple of 12-year-olds), and -- well, I'm not sure my life has ever been that perfect since. .