The Largest Commercial Sailing Catamaran on the Great Lakes
The Nauti-Cat was built in 1988 by custom fabricator William Hartzog in Houston, Texas. At 47 feet long and 29 feet wide, The Nauti-Cat has almost 50 tons of displacement. She handled most weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico due to the Simpson & Wild design. You can see the Nauti-Cat from a distance, because she has almost 1,000 square feet of sail propelling her. Since the Nauti-Cat is a catamaran, the ship slices through the water with great stability, providing a soothing atmosphere. In 1998, the Nauti-Cat was re-outfitted with all new gear including a 63′ mast, boom, winches, halyards, sails, and engines. With all these new renovations the Nauti-Cat made her debut in Traverse City. On board you will also find 2 “heads” (That’s bathrooms for you land lubbers!). The Nauti-Cat now sails on West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan.