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Dorade: The History of an Ocean Racing Yacht Hardcover – January 15, 2012

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Doug Adkins has collected and compiled important documents, some of which are published here for the first time. Both author and publisher share a magical understanding and appreciation for the subject. The book is a history, but words without the splendid graphics -- historical and contemporary photographs, and drawings -- would only partially tell the story. --WoodenBoat

A beautifully designed and illustrated history of the Dorade, a prizewinning racing yacht that made its name on the East Coast (it won the 1931 Transatlantic Race) and found a home for a number of years sailing on Puget Sound. --Seattle Times

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David R Godine; First edition (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567924476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567924473
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ginny on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book for any respectable yachting library and for anyone who truly cares about classic wooden boats in general and DORADE, one of the most important sailing vessels of the 20th century, in particular. Beautifully produced and carefully researched, Doug Adkins' narrative is a well written story. I can't say it nearly as well as the description on the listing for the book so read what is said there and know that readers agree in spades. At the current price, it is a steal and if the current prices being asked for books such as LINES by and about DORADE's designer Olin Stephens II are a guide, it will escalate in value.

Finally, if you have a chance to hear Doug Adkins speak about his passion for DORADE, and the book, do so. He is also a great speaker. I know that he'll be speaking in San Diego, and in San Francisco in February.............

Island girl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joel w baker jr on March 30, 2012
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A wonderful book about a great boat that is still(!) sailing in the "deep blue" after 80 years. I particularly enjoyed descriptions of boat yards east, west & Europe, the general milieu in each decade of Dorade's life, and the backgrounds of all the personalities who became involved starting with the Stevens brothers. Beyond a purely "great read" this well-organized & written book has served to stimulate much more my own interest in these great boats. The catamarans and multiple-trapeze boats of the modern day don't turn me on like the line of a Sparkman&Stevens sheer, the curve of a Rhodes bow, and the shape of well-trimmed sails driving a deep hull to weather. The old boats are incomparable. Thanks so much to Doug Adkins for keeping one of them very much alive.
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Format: Hardcover
What a fine yacht, designer, and interesting group of owners. My copy was sent as a gracious gift of the current owner-stewards after Dorade's spectacular Transpac 2013 victory this year. Current owners Matt Brooks and Pam Levy are not only gracious but ideal stewards for this fine yacht.

If you haven't already read a copy of Olin Stephens "All this and Sailing Too" you should get a copy to better appreciate what author Doug Adkins writes about Dorade's development and the ocean racing yacht evolutions that followed. Adkins takes the birth of the boat and then follows her through thick and thin including war time and some owners less deserving than others. All are treated respectfully, and you get the sense, as I did when Dorade arrived at the Hawaii Yacht Club this July, that this is a creature worthy of recognition and esteem.

Adkins does a thoroughly wonderful job portraying Dorade and her history. An important, and pricey read, but well worthwhile.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john baker on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To have researched and written so well about a single yacht, famous as she is, seems to me there must be a lifelong passion for this sailboat that runs blue-water deep in the author which we as readers, are fortunate to be able to share. You can tell there is something very passionate behind the words, the pictures, the special presentation, that goes far beyond a normal authorship. The author and the yacht must surely have had a very personal connection on the water that will be resumed in their respective heavens.
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