Boat Design and Selection

Boat Design and Selection

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500 Days

500 Days

In 500 Days: Around the World on a 12-foot Yacht, resourceful adventuer Serge Testa recounts his dramatic circumnavigation. A lively account of microvoyaging from one of the true masters. Includes photos.
$14.95
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A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels

A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels

More than 70 accounts of big adventures in small boats. One of our favorites and a must-have for small-boat adventure readers.
$14.95
Albert Strange: Yacht  Designer and Artist by John Leather (with a foreward by Iain Oughtred)

Albert Strange: Yacht Designer and Artist by John Leather (with a foreward by Iain Oughtred)

This gorgeous new re-issue of Albert Strange—Yacht Designer and Artist, is suitable for a coffee-table! At approximately 8.5 x 10.5", this edition features a Strange biography and commentary on many of his designs. The book also includes drawings of 27 yacht designs, an appreciation of Strange the artist, a selction of cruising yarns, an updated collection of images of his paintings, photos of Strange boats afloat, and much more. 224 pages. 12 plates. Lots of drawings, illustrations and a comprehensive list of designs. Softcover with sewn binding, cover flaps and matt lamination.

$29.95
Beachcruising and Coastal Camping

Beachcruising and Coastal Camping

Quite possibly the closest thing to a small-boat cruising bible, Beachcruising and Coastal Camping is 352 pages packed with information on boat selection, modifications and outfitting, as well as places to cruise and safety gear. The authors were clearly living the life all the way! Great photos and summaries boats like of Sea Pearls, Dovekies, Drascombes, Pelicans, sailing canoes, etc.
$19.95
Boats with an Open Mind

Boats with an Open Mind

Phil Bolger's Boats with an Open Mind is a must-have for every small-boat enthusiast. This detailed and illustrated 406-page text features 75 designs and concepts, including the Micro, Chebacco, Martha Jane and Birdwatcher series. Soft cover.
$37.95
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Canoes: A Natural History in North America

Canoes: A Natural History in North America

From the back of the dust jacket: “(the authors) have written a wonderfully detailed biography of the vessel that made North America possible, treating it as a living, breathing personality. As enjoyable as a swift, steady, and smooth river, this is the ideal book for canoeists—the perfect canoe trip of a read.—Roy MacGregor, author of Canoe Country: The Making of Canada.”

Hardbound at 371 color pages (approximately 8 x 10 inches), this coffee-table-worthy masterpiece weighs in at more than three pounds!
$35.95 $39.95 10%
Chinese Sailing Rig

Chinese Sailing Rig

A practical handbook for adapting the junk rig to western style hulls. Emphasis is on practical, straight forward design and construction choices with tested materials and methods throughout. Instructions on sailing the rig, also. Well illustrated.
$18.95
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Cruising Catamaran Communique

Cruising Catamaran Communique

How to compare, select and sail cruising catamarans. Covers equipment and techniques for anchoring, diagrams, charts, specs and photos. The most comprehensive resource ever for this complex topic.
$29.95
Finding Pax: The Unexpected Journey of a Little Wooden Boat by Kaci Cronkhite

Finding Pax: The Unexpected Journey of a Little Wooden Boat by Kaci Cronkhite

"Her book is nothing less than a love story for a wooden boat." —Tom Jackson, Woodenboat.

From the cover: "Around-the-world sailor, writer, and traveler Kaci Cronkhite knew better than to buy a wooden boat. But in 2007—smitten by the buxom curves of Pax and inspired by a life in the wind—she did. What transpired after that was a love story, an international mystery, and a seven-year quest. It was an unexpected journey for both author and boat."

Local author and friend of the magazine Kaci Cronkhite's just-released book is receiving rave reviews, and for limited time the copies offered through SCA are SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

Beautifully bound soft cover. 199 pages. Photo and illustrations.

$18.95
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Folkboat Story

Folkboat Story

For over 60 years the Nordic Folkboat has helped define the term classic sailboat and the class is still going strong in many of the world's most challenging sailing areas. Here's the design history along with many personal stories, photos and illustrations.
$35.00
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From My Old Boat Shop by Weston Farmer

From My Old Boat Shop by Weston Farmer

We stumbled across a cool book from a press called Boat House Books down in Portland, Oregon. From My Old Boat Shop is a huge, 356-page, 8.5 x 11 hardback chock full of good reading. The dust jacket says the book is a "narrative collection of Weston Farmer's gleanings from the old boat shops such as Elco, Racine Boat Co., Hubbard, etc. and from his personal association with the greats such as Rabl, Atkin, Davis, Hanna, etc."

I really didn't know much about Weston Farmer or his designs until recently when Associate Editor Marty Loken invited me out for a spin on his elegant Farmer-designed Sundance power-cruiser. Marty had told me how efficient Farmer's motorboat designs were, and sure enough the 17-footer climbed up on a plane effortlessly and quietly in front of a barely-throttled 25 hp outboard.

Having experienced it firsthand, I found the book's claim that "(Farmer) provides the 'secret inner workings' of old boat technology that was forgotten after high power and mass-production fever forever changed boat design," much more believable.

P.S. Some of the chapters: William Atkin Pt1 and Pt 2, Tribute to Sam Rabl, El Cheapo Planimeter, Flotation Models, The Kitchen Rudder, Power/Fuel, The Lovely Fantail Launch, The 18-Foot Runabout Pllywog.



"Simply the best book on boat design philosophy available."
- Bob Pickett, Flounder Bay Boat Lumber

Farmer is the practical companion to Chapelle."
- Bill Durham

"Farmer is a champion of the cause of the home boat builder."
- Sam Rabl "

Our last copy is reference only."
- Eric Cisney, Seattle Public Library


PLEASE NOTE INTERNATIONAL ORDERS MIGHT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING
$49.95
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From Truths to Tools by Jim Tolpin and George Walker

From Truths to Tools by Jim Tolpin and George Walker

By Jim Tolpin and George Walker
Illustrated by Andrea Love

By Jim Tolpin and George Walker
Illustrated by Andrea Love

These beautifully-bound hardcover books are signed by author Jim Tolpin.

From the publisher:

Good books give you a glimpse of small truths – about workbenches, joinery or sharpening, for example. Great books, on the other hand, stitch together seemingly disparate ideas to present a new way of looking at the whole world, from your marking awl, to your hand or to the line of the horizon.

“From Truths to Tools” is a hand-illustrated work that masquerades as a children’s book. There are funny drawings. There aren’t a lot of words. You can read the entire 208-page book in one sitting.

But “From Truths to Tools” somehow explains the craft, the entire physical world, our language and geometry in a way that makes you feel like the authors have revealed a huge secret to you. One that has been sitting in front of you your entire life.

The book begins with an explanation of a circle and a single point, and it then shows how those simple ideas can be used to create an entire set of layout tools – a try square, a straightedge, dividers etc. that allow you to build furniture.

Once you understand the language behind your tools, very complicated things become easy to understand. Compound joinery. Fitting odd miters. Making curves that taper.

And once you get those ideas in your head, it’s a short hop to grasp how those same ideas can be applied to building anything of any shape imaginable – skyscrapers, boats, bridges. When you can calculate if a tree will hit you when you fell it in the forest, you’ll be able to calculate the circumference of the earth.

“From Truths to Tools” is the third book from the geometry-loving team of Jim Tolpin and George Walker. Their first book, “By Hand & Eye,” makes the case that simple whole-number ratios are the underpinning to the built world and our furniture. Their second book, “By Hound & Eye,” gives you the exercises that open your eyes to the way geometry and ratios govern our world. And the third, “From Truths to Tools,” shows how geometry creates our tools and, once understood, leads to a deeper grasp of the things we build, the world around us and even our language.
$23.95
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