Fully restored Beetle Cats ® are available for delivery now (while inventory lasts - prices ranging from $6,000 to $12,500), complete with new sails, beautiful bronze hardware and in appropriate traditional colors. The Beetle Company began building these charming catboats in 1921. In 1946, the Concordia Company purchased the molds from John Beetle and continued to build the boats. More than 3,000 have been launched. The Beetle Cat is the foundation of the first year IYRS Boat Building and Restoration program. Students learn basic skills and return these wonderful little yachts to the water for enjoyment of sailors of all ages.
Contact Bill Morong - 207-720-0477 cell or 207-236-2383 office
The IYRS boat collection is unique. Unlike many institutions which restore and then display significant historic vessels, IYRS puts these classics back on the water. The old adage that "ships and men rot in port" is still true. Static museum exhibits often deteriorate faster than vessels which are used and appreciated for what they are. Unless you actually sail or work a vessel, you cannot learn as much from it or gain a total appreciation for its design, performance or general use characteristics. For this reason, IYRS is proud to use restored vessels—for enjoyment, education and to deliver an on-water historic experience. “Preservation through use,” is the institution’s philosophy, as exhibited at our annual Graduation and Launch Day ceremonies in which students launch and sail or operate their commissioned restorations.
229 Commercial Street
Rockport, ME 04856