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Classic Yachts – Large & Small

Books about classic yachts

Classic yachts come in all shapes and sizes – big does not always mean better. From the exquisite canoe-sterned yawls by Albert Strange to the perfectly proportioned pocket cruisers by T. Harrison Butler small but perfectly formed sailing yachts have delighted their owners and admirers for decades.

The big boats, particularly those by Fife, Watson, Nicholson and Mylne cannot fail to impress with their grace.

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Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats - John Gardner

Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats – John Gardner

The Gaff Rig Handbook: History, Design, Techniques, Developments - John leather

The Gaff Rig Handbook: History, Design, Techniques, Developments – John Leather

Albert Strange: Yacht Designer and Artist

Albert Strange: Yacht Designer and Artist – John Leather

Tall Ships 2020 Square Wall Calendar

Tall Ships 2020: Square Wall Calendar

Beken Beauty of Sail Calendar 2020

Beken Beauty of Sail Calendar 2020

Beken Classic Sailing Calendar 2020

Beken Classic Sailing Calendar – 2020

Fast and Bonnie – A History of William Fife and Son Yachtbuilders by May Fife McCallum

Fast and Bonnie: History of William Fife and Son, Yachtbuilders – May Fife McCallum

William Fife - Woodenboat Edition

William Fife – Woodenboat Edition – Franco Pace

Dick Carter: Yacht Designer in the Golden Age of Offshore Racing

Dick Carter: Yacht Designer in the Golden Age of Offshore Racing – Dick Carter & John Rousmaniere

John G. Alden and His Yacht Designs

John G. Alden and His Yacht Designs – Robert Carrick & Richard Henderson

Alfred Mylne The Leading Yacht Designer: Volume 1 1896-1920

Alfred Mylne: The Leading Yacht Designer: 1896-1920 – Ian Nicolson

Ultimate Classic Yachts

Ultimate Classic Yachts – Nic Compton

Great Yacht Designs by Alfred Mylne 1921 to 1945

Great Yacht Designs by Alfred Mylne 1921 to 1945 – Ian Nicolson

The Best Of Uffa: Fifty Immortal Yacht Designs From Uffa Fox's Five Famous Volumes

The Best of Uffa: 50 Great Yacht Designs from Uffa Fox’s Five Famous Volumes – Uffa Fox

Sparkman and Stephens : Giants of Classic Yacht Design by Franco Pace

Sparkman and Stephens: Giants of Classic Yacht Design – Franco Pace

E G van de Stadt

E.G. van de Stadt Engels: Yacht Design Pioneer – W Akkerman & others

Charles E Nicholson and His Yachts

Charles E Nicholson – Franco Pace & others

Harrison T Butler - Cruising Yachts Design and Performance

Cruising yachts: Design & Performance – T. Harrison Butler

Ed Burnett Yacht Designs

Ed Burnett Yacht Designs: A selection of plans, drawings and notes – Ed Burnett