January 21, 2015

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

One of the fun things about books is the way different publishers go about producing them. I don't believe we've ever offered a large format, landscape oriented book which is bound on the long (top) edge. That's how the new book Legendary Sailboats, featuring Bekens of Cowes photographs, has been cast. We assume they did so to show their many full-spread photos of big elegant sailboats with acres of canvas, the "tall" way. So instead of splitting the hull across the spread, they split the rig. Book spreads are about 22" tall by 15" wide. It comes across quite well.

Another new book is Sextant. If you enjoyed Dava Sobel's fine book Longitude you will likely find Sextant interesting, enlightening and entertaining. And if you're not overly-versed in how a sextant works, click on the link for the book, you'll find a video that gives you the quick rundown, as well as a series of videos for a more in-depth look. Written by the grandson of JM Barrie, of "Peter Pan" fame, it seems the writing skills have been passed along.

Our sister publication Professional BoatBuilder has just come out with their latest issue, Feb/March 2015, which is available in digital as well as print, should you be so inclined.

And lastly, we have begun to add the digital download option to our half-model plans. Herreshoff's Gloriana and Fife's Minverva are the first converts from our collection. Half-hulls are just that... half the boat hull split lengthwise, so you see the boat's hull in profile, and get to admire those handsome lines from many angles. Originally created by designers, they were the CAD item of their day, and used to then take lines and build the full-sized boat. If taking lines off half-models is of interest, the brilliant illustrator Sam Manning* has a terrific piece in WoodenBoat 138.

-Scot & Crew

* Sam has illustrated many books, including How to Build a Wooden Boat, Keeping the Cutting Edge, The Dory Book, and The Wooden Boat poster

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