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Preserving catboat culture

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While trends come and go, the essential tools and traditions of our times are often preserved and become our heritage.
In Cayman, that applies to the catboat building, it’s not a vital tool anymore. But it’s a tradition that still has value.

The catboat was a mode of transport, a means of income, as days at sea provided fish to bring to markets, and a place to teach the value of work.
Now, as the Cayman Catboat Club creates new vessels the master boat builder wants to help a new generation take over, learn to do the work and keep the culture alive.

“You know in this day and age now the young children are up in a room with computers and air conditioning, it’s pretty hard to get young children to work outside, they come outside to play, but when you’re working out you know, it’s not air-conditioned or anything and it’s hot,” said Master boat builder, Captain Kem Jackson.

The catboats are now used for racing and the next event will be on the 18th of August at the annual David Foster memorial race.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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