The boat was equally capable as a cruiser or racer. In the chapter "American Catboats," Schoettle describes his beloved Silent Maid: "This class of catboat represents one of the roomiest, safest, and easiest sailed boats of present-day yachts," he writes. "It is, without question, the best for use in America or anywhere else on inland bodies of water. [Most of] the boats I have owned and sailed for years were designed by my friend Francis Sweisguth. While his work for me has been confined to boats of small size, it is nevertheless to his credit to say, as a token of his versatility, that to do large and small craft equally well is an accomplishment he has reason to be proud of." Schoettle goes on to pinpoint the source of his affinity for catboats: "This type of boat has only one sail, and there must be perfect harmony between sail and hull," he writes.