If your'e passionate about yachts and their provenance and you don't own a coffe table, go out and buy one today. Then put 'The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers' at the top of your holiday wish list. Put it in second place, too.
The book is definitely a coffe table book, but in the best sense of the phrase. Large, heavy, elegantly designed and filled with exquisite photographs, the book has the kind of opulent look that makes you want to show it off.
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This monumental book, ten years in the writing covers virtually every yacht designer of the century. The length of the entry for each designe is based somewhat on their prominence or the prominence of their designs. The designs come from about the turn of the century (I really like some of the steam powered racing yachts.) to quite modern designs. The size of the yachts vary from small under twenty foot (7' is the smallest I see)) personal boats to the yachts of kings that may be 400 feet plus.
The statistics of the book are amazing in their own rights:
87 of the world's finest yachting writers
525 of the world's best yacht designers
650 drawings and photos of represntative boats.
In on book, here is a history, a technical reference manual, a commentary, a picture book, a reference on the designers. In short, here's an encyclopedia.