Big Pond 15 (Marsh Cat)

This is the 15′ Marsh Cat, designed by Joel White with some modifications by Big Pond Boat Shop. It is a big, stable, comfortable, and fast catboat!. Perfect for exploring shallow creeks and shorelines, and roomy for camp cruisers.

Design Modifications

  1. Adjustable Centerboard up-haul. The original design only allows for the
    centerboard to be all the way up or all the way down.
  2. Barn Door Rudder; the original design has a drop rudder, this modification
    has a traditional looking ‘barn door” rudder with an aluminum
    wing on the bottom.
  3. Buoyancy tanks port and starboard/ seats and forward buoyancy tank under deck
  4. The construction of the mast is hollow ‘birds mouth’ construction which
    makes a lighter stiffer mast.

    This boat is designed for sailing in protected waters only.
    People and equipment combined should not exceed 750 lbs

General Construction:
Cold Moulded hull There are two aft buoyancy tanks constructed from epoxy saturated marine plywood with mahogany trim which create built in seating and there is a forward buoyancy tank under the foredeck formed by the installation of a watertight bulkhead forward of the mast. Top of the centreboard trunk, cockpit coamings, seat trim, floorboards and toe rail are varnished mahogany.


Designer: Joel White

LOA 16′ 6” with bowsprit 

LWL 14′ 

Beam 6′ 11″ 

Draft Board up 9″ 

Board down 2’5″ 

Sail area 153 sq ft  

Displacement 1309 lbs

Pricing:  CAN$28,700 plus applicable tax FOB Big Pond Boat Shop, Martins River, Nova Scotia

Boat complete includes:

  • Varnished Spruce Spars, with Harken blocks and braided dacron control lines (halyards and sheet)
  • Stainless Steel forestay and shrouds with turnbuckles
  • Gaff sail
  • Varnished tiller with tiller extension
  • Weighted foil centreboard with braided dacron control lines, Harken block and Harken cam cleat
  • Paddle


  • Trailer
  • Outboard