Alan Dinn, the grandson of Purdy Boat Company founder Ned Purdy has written a detailed history of the commuter yacht Aphrodite built when his great-uncle Gil Purdy presided over the boatbuilder.
Sloops in the 12 Meter Class played a significant role in the development of yachting in the 20th century. Large, graceful yachts with good racing speed and large crews, they were created by some of the world's best designers of the time.
A sailing story of hope and recovery
It's a memoir about a husband and father trying to walk the tightrope of modern life - until he's hit by a car, suffers a traumatic brain injury and his life unravels. It's tough reading, until his recovery leads him to a worn-out 25-year-old 60-foot sailing ketch the practicing Zen Buddhist-turned-sailor named Nirvana.
An impressive box-set publication, dedicated to one of the storied chapters in yachting's Golden Age, is available for the holidays.
"Mariette & the Herreshoff Schooners" ($295, LTYachting Editions, 2010) by Jacques Taglang and Claas van der Linde is a two-volume, 534-page collection featuring stunning photography of the ornate beauty launched in 1916 and one of the last "cathedrals of American yachting."
Handbook for medical needs at sea
Whether on coastal waters or the open sea, any medical crisis aboard a boat is far more challenging than on land. Self-sufficiency and swift, efficient action could be necessary before any help can arrive.
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