Read owner Porter Fox's recent New York Times essay about Whistler I and sailing in Maine




  • WHISTLER I is a beamy, easy-to-sail 32-foot cat ketch designed by Chuck Paine and built by the widely regarded Able Marine in 1981. This shoal draft beauty draws 3’6” with the centerboard up. The full keel offers the ultimate protection from lobster traps and the deep and wide hull is very stable in bad weather. Gary Hoyt’s fully battened stayless ketch rig can be sailed with two sheets, both on travellers. Tacking, running or reaching, you set the sheets once and enjoy the sail. The boat was featured in the opening chapter of Ferenc Máté’s The World’s Best Sailboats. Now owned and maintained by the builder’s son, it continues to be an exceedingly safe and comfortable head-turner.


WHISTLER I Whistler 32 1981

4 (Optional 6)

$2000 Northeast Harbor, Maine $2400 wk


Design Cat Ketch
Designer Chuck Paine
Builder Able Marine.
Hull Construction Fiberglass
Year Built 1981
Rigging Steering Wheel
LOA 32' 6"
LWL 25' 10"
Beam 10' 6"
Draft 7'
Displacement 11,923 lb.
Weight N/A
Ballast N/A
Yanmar® 3GM 30
Sail Area 89 sqft
Water Capacity 45 US Gallons
Fuel Capacity 45 US Gallons
Holding Tank 15 US Gallons


Whistler I’s beamy cabin with 6’1” of headroom offers guests large, comfortable berths with thick cushions and privacy for two couples or a family. The quarter berth on the port side has its own porthole and the dinette just forward converts into a double berth. The galley is located on the aft starboard side. In front of that is a settee and another single berth. The forward V-berth is roomy and cozy with drawers, stowage, private locker, large hatch and a seat.

Whistler I is finished in the classic Herreshoff style with white bulkheads and cherry sheathing and trim. Her cabin sole is unfinished teak for excellent non-slip. The overhead is white, V-grooved battens and the hull sides are sheathed w/cherry battens as well.

Forward to port is the head, with a stainless steel basin and manual toilet. The sole is teak grating. Storage lockers are outboard. A large hanging locker sits across from the head to starboard. The salon includes a full-length settee to starboard. Storage lockers and bookshelf are located outboard. Storage lockers behind the seatbacks port and starboard.

A navigation station sits forward of the quarter berth, including electronics and storage outboard. Engine access is behind the companionway ladder, through bulkhead panels adjacent to the quarter berth and through the sail locker. 


The seagoing galley is starboard aft, with plenty of room to cook and entertain. It includes a double stainless steel sink, gimbaled four-burner Shipmate propane stove with oven, icebox, dish rack outboard, and storage aft and outboard of the sink. The countertops are green Formica. Hot and cold pressure water. ** Please note That the default position for the galley stove is gimbaled NOT fixed and must remain that way.



The cockpit comfortably seats five and is trimmed with teak, with a teak grate sole. The cockpit dodger keeps you dry while offering excellent visibility.  The beauty of Gary Hoyt’s ketch rig is that the boat can be sailed with two sheets, both on travellers: one for the forward main, one for the mizzen. New traditional booms offer plenty of clearance, and the stay-less rig means the cabin-top is completely clear for sunbathing and passage. Tacking, running or reaching, you set the sheets once and enjoy the sail.


The T-shaped cockpit includes a large sail locker to starboard and custom seat cushions. A large propane locker is located under the helm seat. Tooled notches adjacent to the wheel to make it easy to move forward and aft without having to climb up on the seat. Steering is via a traditional Edson wheel pedestal and teak destroyer wheel. Deck hardware is stainless steel, including five opening port lights and two cabin top hatches. 

House battery is 1 x AGM gel battery (2016). Start battery is 1 x AGM as well (2016). 
  Rail-mounted navigation lights and tri-color masthead light.
  • Depth sounder
  • Chart plotter
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • VHF
  • Radio
  • Radar


1981 Yanmar® model 3GM-30 fresh water-cooled diesel engine w/944 hours in perfect condition. Racor® fuel/water separator. Propeller is a 3-bladed, direct drive. Electric bilge pump; manual bilge pump in cockpit. Hot and cold pressure water.  Centerboard pennant replaced 2014.

Hull & Deck
Hand-laid, solid glass hull is incredibly tough and moisture-free. The full keel offers the ultimate protection from lobster traps and the deep and wide hull is very stable in bad weather. The deck is finished in white gelcoat with tan non-skid. Double lifelines with opening gates port and starboard. Single anchor roller with stainless steel bowsprit. Unvarnished teak trim on deck includes handrails, travelers, eyebrow, bulwark cap, cockpit coaming and companionway drop boards. Folding tan canvas dodger w/stainless steel bows.

New fully battened mainsail and fully battened mizzen, 2010. Both have sail covers and lazy jacks.


  • Eight adult PFDs
  • Type IV horseshoe throwable
  • Flare kit
  • Handheld horns
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguishers


  • Plow anchor with chain
  • Danforth



10-foot inflatable dinghy ( 5hp 4-stroke Honda available for additional $100/wk)
Stainless propane grill
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Marine head
  • Hot water
  • Oven
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Swimming ladder
  • Mainsail cover - Mizzen cover
  • Lazyjacks
  • Linens available for $75 fee
Mooring available at John Williams Boatyard in Somes Sound, Mount Desert