Catboat Program News

Speaker Series coming to PBCB


PBCB is pleased to host the first ever Catboat Speaker Series this spring featuring four fabulous guests, introduced below.  As you read their bios, please think of a question (or two or ten) that you have for them and submit to Suzanne at  Topics include history, boat building and weather, so get excited and curious, and join the conversation.

These talks will be offered over zoom for everyone’s convenience for the time being.  Dates TBD.  Thanks to Suzanne Leahy for organizing!

  • Cape Cod Catboats with Stan Grayson, author.

Stan is widely known for his books and articles about American yachting and small-craft history, and the American automobile and marine engine industries. Stan has had a career that has included stints as a newspaper reporter, photographer, and automotive industry consultant, but most notably as a writer.

He is the author of many articles and books. Prior to A Man for All Oceans, Stan completed a biography of famed yacht designer and racer Raymond Hunt. His work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly, Nautical Quarterly, and Wooden Boat magazine, among other publications.

Among his best-known works are Cape Cod Catboats, The Wianno Senior Story, a Century on Nantucket Sound, Ferrari, the Man, the Machines, Beautiful Engines, treasures of the internal combustion century; and the Wooden Boat article, “The Musketaquid Mystery: In Search of Thoreau’s Boat.”


  • Building the Cape Cod Catboat with Geoff Marshall.

Geoff is the owner of Marshall Marine located in South Dartmouth and builds the 18-foot Sanderling, Marshall 22 and the 15-foot Sandpiper which many of you have become familiar with here at PBCB. The Marshall family has a long history revitalizing the popularity of the catboat and revolutionizing its production. The sheer number of boats built by Marshall Marine is a testament to their success. Geoff will talk about boat handling and boat building.

Q&A format will be used here too. Stand by for further details!


  • Weather on Pleasant Bay with William Ryan.

Bill is an Affiliate Assistant Research Professor at Penn State University and has been a leader in air quality forecasting in the mid-Atlantic for many years. He developed the first operational ozone forecast models for the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas in 1993, extending to Philadelphia in 1996. He has been an operational air quality forecaster in the mid-Atlantic, for both ozone and fine particles, since 1995. He has also provided technical analysis and advice to the State of Maryland on subjects ranging from photochemical modeling to data trend analysis in support of State Implementation Plan (SIP) development. He is a member of the Air Quality Forecasters Focus Group that provides technical feedback to the developers of the NOAA National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) and, in 2010, was named the EPA AIRNow “Partner of the Year” at the EPA National Air Quality Conference.


This will be a Q&A format. As we get closer to the date, look for an invitation to send in your weather questions for a lively discussion. Now is your chance to ask an expert!