Author’s Tranquility Press Presents: From Beaton’s to Beach Haven: A Cat Ghost Bh G by William W Fortenbaugh

Author's Tranquility Press Presents: From Beaton's to Beach Haven: A Cat Ghost Bh G by William W Fortenbaugh
Chronicles of Craftsmanship and Racing Excellence

Author’s Tranquility Press proudly introduces “From Beaton’s to Beach Haven: A Cat Ghost Bh G” by the esteemed author, William W Fortenbaugh. Delving into the captivating world of wooden boats, this book unravels the rich history and craftsmanship behind Ghost, a twenty-eight-foot wooden Catboat that has left an indelible mark on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey.

Ghost, belonging to the unique A Cat class of boats, traces its origins back to 1922. Recognized as a racing class in 1924, the A Cat class faced challenges during the Great Depression but experienced a renaissance in 1980 with the construction of Wasp by David Beaton and Sons. Ghost, Beaton’s second A Cat, emerged as a stellar success, winning seven consecutive Bay championships from 1994 to 2000 and showcasing extraordinary craftsmanship.

This book serves as a visual and narrative journey through Ghost’s construction process, capturing the meticulous artistry involved in building a wooden boat. Detailed photographs paired with insightful explanations guide readers from the creation of patterns in the woodshop to the triumphant launch at Beaton’s rigging dock. The narrative then unfolds to recount Ghost’s initial setback on the racecourse, a remarkable recovery, and an impressive twenty-two years of continuous competition.

Fortenbaugh provides valuable insights into the factors that contributed to Ghost’s speed on the racecourse, along with candid reflections on what did not work. The book becomes a treasure trove for enthusiasts and craftsmen alike, offering a glimpse into the nuances of wooden boat construction and the dedication required for success in competitive racing.

The concluding chapters of the book shift focus to Ghost’s new home at the New Jersey Maritime Museum, where the legacy and stories of this remarkable vessel continue to be preserved and celebrated.

“For Beaton’s to Beach Haven: A Cat Ghost Bh G,” is now available on Amazon.

About the Author

William W Fortenbaugh is a seasoned author with a passion for maritime history and wooden boat craftsmanship. His meticulous research and storytelling bring to life the fascinating journey of Ghost, a wooden Catboat that embodies excellence in construction and racing. “From Beaton’s to Beach Haven: A Cat Ghost Bh G” stands as a testament to Fortenbaugh’s dedication to preserving and sharing the maritime heritage of Barnegat Bay.

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