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Catboats had a shallow draft and were initially sail powered (Fig.
Once underway, the fishermen could reef their sails to maintain the catboats at proper dredging speeds (Fig.
In the early 1900's, fishermen installed auxiliary "make-and-break" gasoline engines of 5-10 hp in their sailing catboats.
The fishermen then referred to their catboats as "power boats.
Cabin sloops along with catboats were used for harvesting bay scallops in New York and Rhode Island waters in the late 1800's and early 1900's (Fig.
Water that had leaked into the hold of catboats and sloops was removed with a hand pump made from a round galvanized iron pipe.
6 m) long, began to replace catboats in the bay scalloping fleets when outboard motors became available in the late 1930's.
Bay scallopers in motorized catboats referred to the group of outboard motor boats as comprising the "mosquito fleet" (Fig.
When not in use, the catboats were tied to stakes at least 100 ft (30 m) away from piers and docks.
In 1879, about 90 sailing boats, most of which were catboats but also 2-3 sloops and a few sharpies, comprised the scalloping fleet.
About 200 sailing vessels (presumably sloops, catboats, and sharpies), each carrying three men, were engaged in the scallop fishery.
By the 1920's and 1930's, a typical bay scallop boat was a converted catboat, about 23 ft (7 m) long, usually driven by a small gasoline engine and propeller.
Scallop fishermen with large boats were incensed at this law, because baymen with a $15 sharpie could harvest as many scallops as those with a $500 sloop or catboat.
The first engines used in the catboats were the Mianus and the Lathrop.
To harvest with a basket rake, the fisherman anchored his boat, usually a catboat, in water 1-2 m deep, put the rake out to almost the full length of its wooden handle, put the handle against his shoulder, extended his arms full length down the handle and then pulled the handle in a jerking motion using both arms toward him as he pressed down on its upper side; the pivot point was his shoulder.
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