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The salon and galley kitchen. Below, the master bedroom.

“Our guests can be at their end, and we’re at our end. You can meet in the middle for lunch,” Steve said, laughing. The roomy layout allowed Steve to throw a surprise party with 30 guests for Nancy on her July 31 birthday, the day the boat arrived in St. Petersburg. They also hosted 15 people onboard for her mother’s 85th birthday. “We went out by the Dalí. I could watch the whole Rowdies game from the flybridge,” Nancy recounted. Cat’s Meow is also available for charter, with Steve sometimes serving as captain and Nancy as first mate. Nancy earned her sea legs on lakes in her native Wisconsin. Steve grew up on boats at Indian Shores and has had around 20 in his life. Their most recent charter passengers for an afternoon were about a dozen Anaheim Ducks players in town to play the Tampa Bay Lightning. Guests chartering Cat’s Meow can request a meal catered by the Westphals’ St. Petersburg restaurants, including Parkshore Grill and 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House. They can also pick up a packed picnic basket from the Annex, the latest eatery in the couple’s lineup. It’s also no problem to cook onboard. There’s a grill and sink on the flybridge, and a fully equipped galley with a microwave and dishwasher. A washer and dryer onboard are other perks for life at

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sea. The Skyhook automatic positioning system also adds to the convenience, Nancy said. It will hold the yacht in place without the anchor being dropped. “I can go down and make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while the boat stays in a fixed GPS position,” Steve said. The name Cat’s Meow came about because Steve loves cats and worked a feline reference into the name of each restaurant’s holding company. Parkshore Grill is held by Top Cat. The official name of 400 Beach Seafood is Alley Cat. The holding company for the Hangar restaurant at Albert Whitted Airport? Kitty Hawk. “And Nancy is a Leo,” Steve added.

CAT’S MEOW CHARTER PRICES Full day: $1,995 Weekend: $4,995 Week: $13,995 Prices do not include the cost of a captain, mate or fuel. For more information go to

Bay Magazine - March, 2017  

Fly Away. Vol. 10, No. 5. Copyright 2017.

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