Introducing "Cat-Fish"
And Its Humanitarian
Mission To Haiti

By David Murphy

Cat-Fish II shakedown cruise off the Long Island Sound.

The mission of Cat-Fish II is focused on one simple idea: To produce building plans for an inexpensive fishing boat designed to enable Third World fishermen to build a safe, reliable, seaworthy catamaran with recycled 55-galon oil drums that would allow them to fish offshore in deeper waters, and be more productive in feeding their families. Plans for building the catamaran will be given to humanitarian groups such as The Peace Corps to assist in building, or distributing the plans, wherever a boat is needed.

Sponsored by Oil Drum Art, an art movement to raise awareness about the environment and energy crisis, the Cat-Fish II project is designed for people in some of the poorest regions of the world and will significantly improve food gathering offshore.

Photo Credit Jack McConnell

Designer David Murphy and his model of the first Cat-Fish.

Oil Drum Art Vice President David Murphy of West Hartford designed a catamaran that used recycled 55-gallon oil drums for pontoons. The concept was submitted as an artwork to the Oil Drum Art Board where it was approved and financed for construction. The first prototype was built by Hartford high school students as part of “Our Piece of the Pie” after-school program under the supervision of designer David Murphy and boat builder, Paul Gemme, Youth Business Manager. In the spring of 2012 it was entered in the Oil Drum Art “Bang The Drum” Environmental and Energy Exhibition in Hartford’s Union Station Great Hall where it received a major prize. During the winter, the first Cat-Fish was displayed in Bradley International Airport where it was viewed by passengers waiting for their flights. This prototype will be on view at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in April 2014.
Photo Credit - Mike Marques

The first Cat-Fish prototype was located in Terminal A at Bradley International Airport.

In 2013, David Murphy supervised the construction of the larger Cat-Fish II prototype in Meriden, Connecticut’s Magnakleen facilities where it was built by local U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy League Cadets, ages 11 to 17, using hand tools to replicate the limitations of simple fishing villages. Afterwards, the Cat-Fish II underwent shakedown cruises and proved to be seaworthy.

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy League Cadets with project volunteers
and the completed Cat-Fish II hull.

In the spring of 2014, the Cat-Fish II was displayed in the Connecticut Legislative Building Atrium to inform the public and state government about Oil Drum Art’s humanitarian mission to Haiti.

Catfish II on display in the Connecticut Legislative Building Atrium with members of the U. S. Navy Sea Cadets Corps and volunteers. Standing on catamaran: Dave Murphy, Cat-Fish designer. (back to front) LCDR Michael Campbell - NSCC,
WO Stephen Smith - NSCC, Trenton Roberts - PO1, Will Calhoun - PO3,
Duncan Rowles, Paul Willis, Ronald Sexton, James Venneman.
Missing: Jack Lardis. Oil Drum Art President & Founder.

The Cat-Fish II Mission To Haiti.

To test the seaworthiness of Cat-Fish II, Oil Drum Art will sail it 2,250-miles along the Intracoastal Waterway from Connecticut to Florida and then Haiti where it will be donated to the Aquin fishing village to help improve gathering of fish from deeper waters. This will be the first humanitarian step for the catamaran concept that helps fishermen become more self-reliant by utilizing repurposed oil drums that are available throughout the planet.

To accomplish this mission, Oil Drum Art needs funds to cover the sailing expenses to Haiti and provide building plans for Third World fishing villages.

Help With a Donation or by Being a Sponsor!

A sponsorship would include your name or company logo on the sail or pontoons plus other benefits. For details contact:
Jack Lardis at or go to

Oil Drum Art is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Commander-In-Chief: To Be Negotiated by inquiry.
Cat-Fish to be named after Commander-in-Chief Sponsor plus many additional benefits and forms of recognition.

Sponsorship Levels: $5,000 - $100

The following are levels of sponsorship: A decal of your company logo appears on the Cat-Fish sail. Or as an “Apprentice” in the Supporter list on the pontoon. Also, both are listed on the “In Appreciation” board.

$5,000 Admiral - 360 Sq. inches (@ 18 X 20-inches)
$2,500 Captain - 180 Sq. inches (@ 14 X 14-inches)
$1,500 Ensign - 100 Sq. inches (@ 10 x 10-inches)
$1,000 First Mate - 65 Sq. inches (@ 8 X 8-inches)
$500 Seaman - 30 Sq. inches (@ 6 X 5-inches)
$100 Apprentice - Name under “Supporter” list on pontoon

Additional sponsorship benefits:
• Certificate of sponsorship
• Invitations to events and launches
• Listed on Oil Drum Art Web site as a sponsor.

Please open the Sponsor Form and save it to your desktop. Complete the form by using Adobe Reader(*), save it for your records and then use the "Submit" button to send it by email to Jack Lardis.
NOTE: Instructions for sending the form are included on the form.

(*) If you don't have Adobe Reader, it is a free download.


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