I was in contact with the author of the Sailing Manual, Ed Steinfeld, in January. He's no longer actively updating the manual, but sent me the latest edition, now up to 163 pages. I posted it on the Yahoo Picnic Cat site in the files section.https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PicnicCatAssociation/info
Ed shared the story behind the manual. He had been a Herreshoff Islander 21 sloop sailor and always hoped to continue sailing in a catboat; this was the result of his research. For him, the Picnic Cat seemed to be the best fit, but unfortunately life got in the way and he never was able to buy a boat. At this point he has accepted that there isn't a catboat in his future and has turned his attention to other interests.
I've invited him to join us for a sail sometime, we're only about an hour away. I hope he'll accept, but I fear he'd only see it as more torture.
Narragansett Bay, RI