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Also cat-rigged are Catboats, a traditional open day-boat, often gaff-rigged, which used to be common on the East Coast of the US.
The terms cat-rigged, and catboat, should not be confused with catamarans. Catamarans are not related to the term cat-rigged. Though catamarans can of course be cat-rigged, if they have a single sail and no jib.
The term 'cat' probably comes from the 'cat head', a protruding cross beam, not far behind the bow, or head, of a sailing ship, to which the anchor was attached when the vessel was preparing for sea. The mast of a cat-rigged boat is stepped near the point that the 'cat head' would be.
Leavens, John M.; Chapelle, Howard I. (September 1991). The Catboat Book (paperback|format= requires |url= (help)). Middleboro, MA: Catboat Association with Intl Marine Publishing Co. p. 160. ISBN0877423148.ISBN 978-0877423140