John M Leavens

Lawyer and management expert John Leavens (1907-1987) loved catboats--his own Herbert Crosby-built 21' 11" Pinklftink, first of all, and then every other catboat, catboat builder, and catboat sailor. With Paul and Molly Birdsall and the able assistance of his first mate, Pinkie, he founded The Catboat Association in 1962. He wrote extensively for the Catboat Bulletin, and in 1973 pulled together his accumulated knowledge and contacts to write The Catboat Book.