Ernest Woods Catboat

Norfolk Broads
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Ernest Woods Catboat
Ernest Woods Catboat
Ernest Woods Catboat
For Sale
Ernest Woods Catboat
Ernest Woods Catboat
Ernest Woods Catboat
Ernest Woods Catboat

General Specification

Designer :
Ernest Woods
Builder :
Ernest Woods
4.72m  (15ft 6in)
4.65m (15ft 3in)
Beam :
2.13m  (7ft 0in)
Draft min:
0.152m (0ft 6in)
Keel :
Lifting centreboard


  • Wood carvel construction
  • Hull is pine on oak and painted cream with mahogany sheer strake
  • Deck planks with canvas covering painted cream
  • Centreboard lifting keel
  • Built 1930’s (exact year unknown)
  • Seats 4 comfortably
  • Wintered ashore annually
  • Excellent condition having been extensively restored

Mechanical & Electrical

  • No engine

Rigging & Sails

  • Una / Catboat rig
  • New tan gaff mainsail, traditionally hand finished (small stain which may clean)
  • New mast and gaff
  • Bamboo boom
  • All new running rigging


In excellent condition having been extensively restored, “Kitten” is believed to be the only remaining catboat of five built by Ernest Woods circa 1930. As such, she is both an important and very pretty part of Broads sailing history.

Based on the design of the Cape Cod Catboats from the USA, she is beamy and stable, with her single mast set well forward in the bow giving ample room in the cockpit. The lifting centreboard gives a shallow draft ideal for use in the shallow waters of Hickling Broad.

Having not been sailed since her major restoration by the great nephew of the original builder, she requires a small amount of finishing work. A marina repossession and whilst not currently rigged, the list price offers her in ‘sail-away’ condition. The boatyard is willing to negotiate a lower price for the purchaser to undertake this work themselves.


The vendor is selling in the course of business and the asking price is inclusive of VAT.

  • The black & white photos are circa 1934-1937
  • The colour photo is from 2001 – before her new mast



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