Bob Kat II
Designer: Olin Stephens
Builder: Nevins Yacht Yard Inc
Model: 6 Metre
Boat Location: Bursledon, Hampshire, UK
Length: 36 ft 11 in
Beam: 6 ft 10 in
Draft: 5 ft 3 in
Displacement: 3,885 kg
Hull Material: Wood
Bob Kat II is, without question, an extremely important classic 6 Metre. She is an early creation from the drawing board of Olin Stephens. At just 23, this was his sixth 6 Metre and in the early 1930s Bob Kat II, dominated the fleet. Since being designed and built in 1931, Bob Kat II has enjoyed a long and illustrious sailing career with some of the best known yacht designers and sailors.
Bob Kat II is a second rule metre boat, which has been lovingly restored back to her original 1931 configuration and would be a strong competitor for the 2023 6m Worlds in Cowes.
Sat on her own shipping cradle, with a new spruce mast, spare mast and a beautiful set of Decron sails, she is now waiting patiently for her next custodian. She will need to be recommissioned, but with the expertise of both the Elephant Boat Yard and The Metre Yard at your disposal, this won't be difficult.
Designed and built in 1931, Bob Kat II was built at the Nevins Yacht Yard Inc, New York City for Robert Meyer who named the boat after his wife Katherine and himself Robert - Bob Kat. She was part of the famous American team that came to Britain for the 1931 British American Team race with her sisterships, US55 Lucie, US56 Jill and US60 Nancy. Onboard during that regatta was Olin’s brother Rod Stephens and Bob Kat II was the top scoring boat for that regatta. The team repeated their victory in 1934 at Long Island, she then went on to win the team race Seswankaka Cup and, in 1935, was the runner up in the One Ton Cup.
Bob Kat II then spent time racing in Maryland towards the latter part of the 30s where there was a good fleet of Sixes. By the 1940s she was sold to a Californian who had her moved across to the West Coast. A number of the Californian fleet were having cabins built on the deck and, at some point during this period, Bob Kat II was fitted with a cruising style cabin which allowed her to take part in offshore racing.
She was a permanent resident at the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC). She was renamed twice, Angelina and Skeptre, from around 1954 until mid 2002 when she was spotted by the famous yacht designer Doug Peterson best known for his One Tonners and America’s Cup designs.
Doug purchased the very sad and tired looking Bob Kat II and had her shipped to the Italian yard of Cantieri dell Argentario where she underwent a comprehensive rebuild to her original deck and rig configuration. Bob Kat II was then raced by Doug from 2004 until 2007, with a remarkable set of results. Highlights of this time include; 1st 2004 Regatta Royale Cannes, 1st 2004 San Tripez Classic 6mR and 6th Worlds Cowes. In 2007 she was put away in a shed until her current owner found her in 2014, she was transported to the Elephant Boat Yard – most famous for their love of 6m – she had a cosmetic refit, new winches and her running gear was updated.
Bob Kat II took part in the 2014 European 6m Regatta in Falmouth and then went on to the 2015 Worlds in La Trinite Sur Mer, France. Here she was involved in an unfortunate collision while sailing on starboard. Bob Kat II was shipped to Netherlands (Ventis Shipyard) where she underwent repairs of her bow and came back home to the Elephant Boat Yard better than new sporting her new Spruce mast.
Details of the boat are also recorded on the 6 Metre Archives, which can be found HERE
1932 British America Cup team. High scoring boat
1934 British America Cup team. High scoring boat
1934 Seawanhaka Cup winner
Runner up One Ton Cup 1935
Very successful racing in Scandinavian regattas in 1935
4th 2004 Europeans Porto Rotundo
1st 2004 Regatta Royale Cannes 11 starts, 11 firsts.
1st Classic 6mR 2004 San Tropez
12th 2005 Worlds Sandham - Very fast at Sandham, Spreader failure, while leading, put her out of contention.
6th 2007 Worlds Cowes 10, 8, 5, 2, 5, 12, 5
Rule 2 trophy winner and Baum & Koenig Trophy winner.
Two Harken 46 Genoa winches
Two Harken 40 runner winches
One Harken 46 mainsheet winch
Two halyard winches at the mast
Two compasses on the deck
2016 Spruce Mast (lightly used)
2004 Spruce Mast
Carbon Spinnaker pole with spruce veneer
Doyle Dacron mainsail (2014)
Doyle Dacron Light #1 headsail (2014)
Doyle Dacron Medium #1 headsail (2014)
Doyle Dacron Heavy #1 headsail (2014)
Doyle Light wind Spinnaker (2014)
Doyle all purpose runner Spinnaker (2014)
Set of Doyle sails from 2002 which include Mainsail, 3 headsails and 2 kites
Yellow cedar deck
Shipping Cradle included
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.