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Sailing Thoroughbreds Sailing Thoroughbreds
by Beken of Cowes, Kenneth Beken (Photographer), Timothy Jeffery

In the world of yacht photography, Beken of Cowes is the royal family. The Bekens have been photographing sailing ships since the mid-19th century. Dozens of images from the Beken of Cowes archives are accompanied by brief biographies of the beautiful boats in this handsome coffee-table book.

Legendary Yachts Legendary Yachts
by Gilles Martin-Raget (Photographer), Francois Chevalier (Illustrator)

Vibrantly illustrated in full color, Legendary Yachts offers a definitive exploration of the glorious age of sailing while also recounting the lore and mystique of the classic yacht regatta.

American Small Sailing Craft American Small Sailing Craft
by Howard I. Chapelle

"This is the classic book about classic boats." - A reader

William Fife: Master of the Classic Yacht William Fife: Master of the Classic Yacht
by Franco Pace

Classic Fife yachts.

Ticonderoga : Tales of an Enchanted Yacht Ticonderoga : Tales of an Enchanted Yacht
(Mystic Seaport Museum Book)
by Jack A. Somer

Launched as Tioga in 1936, this glorious ketch finished first in twenty-four of her initial thirty-seven races. Renamed Ticonderoga in 1946, she went on to set more elapsed-time records than any ocean racer in history. However, the ship wasn't designed for racing, but rather genteel "afternoon sailing", with an uncommon elegance of form, clipper bow, raked rig, gilded garnish, and a bathtub. Such opulence and beauty, combined with speed, has made her incomparable.

Enterprise to Endeavour : The J-Class Yachts Enterprise to Endeavour : The J-Class Yachts
by Ian Dear

An engrossing celebration of the massive and magnificent J-class yachts.

Under Sail: Aboard the World's Finest Boats Under Sail: Aboard the World's Finest Boats
by Simon McBride (Photographer), David Glenn

Showcases thirteen of the plushest, sleekest, most inspiring yachts ever build for the high seas. "Yachting World" writer and sailor David Glenn's informative text is the perfect commentary for Simon McBride's superlative, full color photography.

The World's Best Sailboats: A Survey The World's Best Sailboats: A Survey
by Ferenc Mate

Ferenc Mate has done a remarkable job, bringing together some of the finest sailing yachts, designed by the world's best naval architects and built by some of the best yards.

Yachting's Golden Age : 1880-1905 Yachting's Golden Age : 1880-1905
by Ed Holm

More than a hundred breathtaking photographs that transport us back to the lavish, romantic world of sailing and yachting in its heyday at the turn of the century. The pictures - glass-plate images documenting sail and steam from the earliest days of popular photography in the 1880s up to 1905 - portray pleasure boats at their most magnificent during the height of the Gilded Age, when the largest and fastest cutters and sloops battled for possession of the world's most coveted sporting trophy.

Wood, Water, and Light: Classic Wooden Boats Wood, Water, and Light: Classic Wooden Boats
by Benjamin Mendlowitz (Photographer), Joel White

A celebration of the beauty of the wooden boat and the diversity of the wooden boat tradition. Twenty-four wooden boats are featured in this volume, among them classic sailing yachts and rugged schooners as well as smaller wooden craft.

The Book of Wooden Boats The Book of Wooden Boats
by Benjamin Mendlowitz (Photographer), Maynard Bray (Contributor)

A magnificent collection of beautiful vessels by the photographer of the highly successful Calendar of Wooden Boats. For almost two decades Benjamin Mendlowitz has traveled the globe to photograph wooden boats. His talent, born from passion for the subject, is unsurpassed.

The Book of Wooden Boats, Volume II The Book of Wooden Boats, Volume II
by Benjamin Mendlowitz (Photographer), Maynard Bray

A magnificent collection of beautiful vessels by the photographer of the highly successful Calendar of Wooden Boats.

The Guide to Wooden Boats The Guide to Wooden Boats
Schooners, Ketches, Cutters, Sloops, Yawls, Cats
by Benjamin Mendlowitz (Photographer), Joel White (Introduction), Maynard Bray (Translator)

The pictures of classic wooden sailing vessels are spectacular and informative as well.

In the Spirit of Tradition : Old and New Classic Yachts In the Spirit of Tradition : Old and New Classic Yachts
by Jill Bobrow (Preface), Dana Jinkins (Photographer), Christian Chalmin (Introduction)

Fifty classic wooden yachts are featured in this handsomely illustrated book from the authors of the highly acclaimed CLASSIC YACHT INTERIORS.

Classic Wooden Yachts of the Northwest Classic Wooden Yachts of the Northwest
by Ron McClure

Beautiful color photographs and evocative text transport the reader back to the golden age of Northwest yachting, when custom-designed and custom-built wooden yachts cruised the inland waters of the British Columbia and Washington.

Adirondack Guide-Boat Adirondack Guide-Boat
by Kenneth Durant

A history of America's most remarkable small craft. Sought after by collectors today, this feather-light "double-ender" is unique to the Adirondacks and is admired by wooden boat enthusiasts everywhere. With plans and commentary by John Gardner, Curator, Mystic Seaport Museum.

The Golden Century: Classic Motor Yachts, 1830-1930 The Golden Century: Classic Motor Yachts, 1830-1930
by Ross MacTaggart

The recreational vessels of the rich and famous during the age of the classic motor yacht.

The Guide to Wooden Power Boats The Guide to Wooden Power Boats
by Benjamin Mendlowitz (Photographer), Maynard Bray, Stephen L. Corkery

A beautiful and indispensable guide to wooden power boats by America's preeminent photographer of wooden boats.

Legend of Chris-Craft Legend of Chris-Craft
by Jeffrey L. Rodengen, Karine Rodengen (Photographer)

This luxurious 9"x12" coffee-table volume details the
history of the company, people and products that made
Chris-Craft world famous.

Chris-Craft 1922-1972 Chris-Craft 1922-1972
by Jack Savage, Anthony Mollica

This
beautifully illustrated history of the Michigan-based company and its boats begins in 1922. Modern color photos depict restored runabouts and cruisers at speed and dockside, detailing the evolution of Chris-Craft from the early hand-built years through the introduction of assembly-line techniques, the move to fiberglass hulls and Chris-Craft's demise in the 1980s.

Wood Through Water : Classic Power Boats Wood Through Water : Classic Power Boats
by Justus Hayes, James W. Ogilvie Knowles
Gar Wood Boats : Classics of a Golden Era Gar Wood Boats : Classics of a Golden Era
by Anthony S. Mollica

Of all the legendary and elegant wooden speedboats and runaboats currently collected and restored, Gar Woods, named for their flamboyant creator, are arguably the most coveted. 

Classic American Runabouts: Wood Boats 1915-1965 Classic American Runabouts: Wood Boats 1915-1965
by Philip B. Ballantyne, Robert Bruce Duncan (Photographer)

Authors Duncan and Ballantyne feature, in exclusive color photography, many of the finest wooden powerboats still breaking the waves today. Historic black-and-white shots capture them in their heyday, along with the legends who led the way.

Cutwater Cutwater
Speedboats and Launches from the Golden Age of Boating
by Robert Bruce Duncan

Stunning photos feature more than 35 classic speedboats and motor launches built between 1900 and WWII, still in use in Canada and the U.S., to preserve the legacy of this era of boating history. 150 color photos.

Classic Speedboats : 1916-1939 Classic Speedboats : 1916-1939
by Gerald Guetat, Eric Ledru, James Taylor (Translator)

If you are interested in "Classic Speedboats" with a European bent on history, this is one fine source book

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