This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
This article duplicates, in whole or part, the scope of other articles, specifically, Catboat. Please discuss this issue on the talk page and conform with Wikipedia's Manual of Style by replacing the section with a link and a summary of the repeated material, or by spinning off the repeated text into an article in its own right.(January 2014)
Also cat-rigged are catboats, a traditional style of wide-beamed, shallow-draft boat, typically gaff-rigged with a centreboard. Formerly common on the East Coast of the United States they are more commonly seen as dinghy-sized open daysailers and class racers.
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' may come 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.