Not far from Lombardi's yard on Mobjack Bay, another specialist builder has been quietly launching multihulls in Urbanna, a sleepy Colonial-era tobacco port tucked off Virginia's Rappahannock River. Catman Cats has built designs from Wormwood, White, Kurt Hughes, and others. In the spring of last year, the Morrelli & Melvin-designed Shooting Star was back in the yard for some interior finish work and painting. Originally, the owners had planned on doing much of this themselves, but sanding and painting the interiors of two 51-foot hulls proved a poorer prospect than doing what the boat was designed to do, which is sailing at breakneck speed. When prompted, Felix Herrin, a.k.a. the Catman, pointed out a few stress cracks of the kind designer Peter Wormwood had mentioned when he declared that a multihull without such cracks was probably too heavily built. In this case, they appeared in areas where non-structural components were lightly tabbed to the hulls and deck. Under construction in the sheds were a large power cat and a cold-molded-wood, constant-camber sailing cat designed by another legendary figure in the field, John Marples.