This blog is about the restoration of a 1963 Fletcher Cates Moth boat. The boat was made in Haddenfield NJ. By Blair Fletcher. Blair Owed Fletcher Marine and made many boats for the Moth fleets of Southern NJ. I sailed against these boats with a Cates design by Carl Patterson. I built my Cates at Pattersons' shop around the same time this boat was under construction. This picture was taken September 1965. It's me in my Patterson Cates.
I just received a letter from the guy who bought the boat. The guy picked the boat up last September. He is from Missouri and I thought I'd herd the last from him. It was a chatty letter with a by-the-way note at the end. On his way back home he was involved in a multi-car accident. His car went in a ditch, rolled over and smashed the boat that was riding on the top. He is ok.
He didn't send any pictures.
I sold the boat. I don't have anymore pix but a few months ago a fellow from Missouri called me. Said he found this blog and was facinated with the boat. He sent me a $300 buck retainer and said he would show up in Sept as he and his wife were taking a vacation to the east coast. He showed up sept 10th and took the boat to the bows of this great country. I hope all of the followers of this restoration had as much fun as I did. Now onto the restoration of Bill Schills "Griff" A Ventnor look-a-like.
The Cates is for sale. I sailed the boat at Pattersons Chestertown YC regatta last weekend and the boat sailed great. (skipper needed work). I took some water but after racing I checked the rudder gudgons and all of the bolts were loose. I put a wrench on them. The boat comes with sail #2322 Sail 92 is from Tweezer. Send me a note and we can talk. I'd like $1500.
I put the Cates away for awhile consintrating on the Abbott which I sailed at the nationals. Got second place in the vintage class...The Abbott preformed exceptionally well. Now we are back on the Cates. I'm going to sail this boat next week at Bob Patterson's regatta at the Chestertown Yacht Club. I want to see if all the work I did on the bottom holds up. I've been criticized because I didn't replace the bottom when I did the deck off restoration.
Taking a break on the bay bridge tunnel connecting the eastern shore of VA to Norfolk. It's a 17 mile bridge.