A CATS: A Centur of Tradition - coverGorgeous paintings and stunning, action-packed photographs illustrate the history of a class of wooden catboats unique to Barnegat Bay on the Jersey Shore. Since the early 1920s, a small and intimate group of sailors spanning several generations have passionately raced and cruised these beautiful, classic boats, which seem to link the generations to each other and to the area. Towering 46-foot masts and enormous sails make these boats awe-inspiring to look at and challenging to sail. As one would expect of sailors, their tales are often unbelievable, sometimes comical, and frequently sentimental. Threatened with extinction at times when the oldest boats fell into disrepair, over the years a few determined devotees of the A Cats saved the distinctive class of boats, and today a dozen A Cats grace Barnegat Bay.