Welcome to Catboat Country, a web page created for the benefit of local sailors, particularly those who sail catboats. Mark Alan Lovewell is an avid sailor and he is a spirited catboater. This page and others were gathered together as a tool to help visitors have a wonderful experience when they pass through these waters.
They were once the most common of workboats in Southeastern New England. They were the workhorse of the day of sail, used for fishing, transportation and for leisure. They were the pickup trucks of the 19th century, as common as today's Volkswagen bug.
These boats were large enough to carry stone, agile enough to fish the open ocean and maneuverable enough so that one man could sail them easily close to shore and in narrow places.
About the Sailor
Mark Alan Lovewell has been sailing on the waters of Edgartown harbor since he was a child. He is an avid enthusiast about all things that are maritime. This page was created as a way to share his love for boating.
Mark sails two old catboats. He sails Edwina B., an 82-year-old wooden catboat built in Edgartown by Manuel Swartz Roberts. The boat belongs to the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust. Mark takes guests out for a few hours at a time.
Mark also sails Sea Chantey, a 40-year old fiberglass 22-foot catboat for personal use.
Mark is also a sea chantey singer and storyteller. For more information visit his website.
A Video on Catboats and Catboaters
This video is 27:53 minutes long. Grab a cup of hot cocoa. Sit back and enjoy the story about catboats told by a catboater along with some of his friends.
Mark Alan Lovewell
35 Lagoon Pond Road
Post Office Box 2034
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568