Winterport Boat Yard: Trans Cat 26
The utility infielder of workboats
By Dave Getchell Jr. SOMETIMES—wait, make that almost always—if a boat looks right for the job, it IS right. The Trans Cat 26 is an aluminum utility cata- maran bred to handle all manner of tasks tossed its way. When shipwright Henri Gignoux and the welders at Winterport Boat Yard got to thinking about a tough, capable and multi-purpose work vessel, here’s what transpired. They started with a classic Higgins boat-style landing craft, and all the usefulness that might entail. Then they added seaworthy twin hulls, twin engines, twin outdrives, shallow- water capability, a flat 11'x16' working deck, a seven-foot flip-down bow door, loading boom, and a winch. Whatever job you choose, this boat can do them all: Tow a broken-down motoryacht; rescue a damaged sailboat; barge big floats around, maybe with a 40-foot ramp balanced up over the bow; deliver lumber to rebuild that waterfront cabin where roads don’t go; serve as a do-it-all utility boat for an island owners’ association or government agency; hoist, set, and maintain moorings; support kayakers, paddleboarders and/or divers; or maybe just go chase some stripers.