Cachalot is a smallish white motor cruiser in The Big Six; she is not a local boat as her official number is prefixed with W for Waveney, not B for Bure. She is not an ordinary cruiser but a boat specially built for fishing with rods lying in rests along the cabin-top, and other rod-rests fixed to the cockpit coamings. Pete asks Waveney boat but her owner replies Built in Beccles .... This is her first season (BS5). Later Bill says He's got a stove and Pete tells him Built for fishing .... He tell me so. She'll be out all winter same as us. It is a neat enamelled stove (BS7).
Pete agrees to catch bait for her owner, and then they bring the 'World's Whopper' ashore, the large pike that the fisherman has bet Jemmy, the landlord of the 'Roaring Donkey', that he can catch (BS7).
The owner of the Cachalot is never named; he is just called the fisherman or the owner of the Catchalot from when Pete first meets him (BS5).
Later (BS26) he lends her to the Coot Club to act as bait in order to expose the real culprits who are casting off boats. He has heard of a gang of young toughs who are casting off boats, but cannot believe it is them, partly as he sees Pete burying their orange skins: "Rule of the Coot Club". At the end when he hears they may be in trouble he goes to Mr Farland to tell him that the Death and Glories were lent the Catchalot, and they can cast her off if they want to (BS32).
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