MEMORIES

“The Luedtke Cat began its life on Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River. Charles D. Mower was responsible for the design of many of the early boats, which were not strictly one-designs. The hull design which he created was carried through to later versions. These boats had been around for some years when, in 1908, President Taft presented a cup to the Toledo Yacht Club, Toledo, Ohio, as a catboat prize and from then on for some time they were called Taft Cup Catboats in his honor. In the mid-1920s Rudy and Rick Luedtke of Toledo, the builders of the boats, began to make changes to Mower’s design. The brothers changed the rig to attain greater efficiency, and the boats became known as Luedtke Cats. They were also known as CK-class, and K-class Catboats. CK indicating that the boats were owned by the club where they were raced, and K that they were privately owned.” ~ Diana Eames Esterly, excerpted from “The Luedtke Catboat” in her book Early One-Design Sailboats, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1979.

Design Specs

LOA:
22′ 
0″
Beam:
8′ 
0″
LWL:
15′ 
0″
Draft:
2′ 
6″
Design or Class: 
K-cat
Home Port: 
Toledo, Ohio
Designer: 
C.D. Mower & Luedtke Bros.
Boat Type: 
Marconi cat
Rig: 
Cat
Gross Displacement: 
1500
Sail Number: 
14
Sail Area: 
280
Number of Engines: 
1
Engine Model: 
Johnson
Total Engine Horsepower: 
4
Fuel Type: 
Gas
Builder Name: 
Luedtke Bros.
Location Built: 
Toledo, Ohio
Year Built: 
1946
Owner Name: 
Western Lake Erie Marine Historical Society
Owner Country: 
USA
Posted on:
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 5:05pm
Last modified on:
Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:28am