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Herreshoff Sailboats Hardcover – December 25, 2004

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (December 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760311609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760311608
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sailing Arthur on February 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book while having dinner on a friends boat. I liked it so much, especially since I used to sail on a Herreshoff boat when I was a kid, that I got my own copy. Its really well written, and the Herreshoff family is pretty amazing. Nat isn't ever going to make Father of the Year, but he really designed some great boats. His son Francis somehow survived his father and made his own great boats. This is a beautiful book, with lots of amazing photographs, and a great story too. I never knew about all the power boats that the Herreshoffs designed, or all the boats for the navy. I think even people who just want an interesting book to read with beautiful photographs would like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harbormaster on May 6, 2012
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First, the cover shot of a Fish-class boat is stunning and draws you to look time and again. So too, the schooner Eleonora.

Author Gregory Jones is an experienced yachting writer with other books and periodical writing experiences. The problem with this book is it is jumbled together lacking good organization and editing. There is some useful information and the quality of some pictures makes this qualified recommendation only. The topic of Herreshoff boats and the reader deserve much better.

Jones, uses an interesting mechanism to provide stunningly reasonable estimates of what these boats would cost in 2004 dollars. Unfortunately, how he calculates these numbers is not discussed and leads one to question his method. For example on p. 57 he notes Cup contender Colonia cost $45,000 (verified in Guide to The Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection)or $900,000 in 2004 dollars. It is doubtful an 85' waterline, 120' on deck cutter of composite construction, and over 100 tons displacement could be built for anywhere close to $1 million in 2004, let alone a state of the art vessel.

The author does detail the paths of two of Captain Nat's sons who became renowned designers in their own right: A. Sidney DeWitt and Lewis Francis (LFH). New to me was a believable description of why they were unable to assume leadership of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and perpetuate fine yacht manufacturing after the founder's death in 1915 and Nat's retirement in 1924. The final chapter, although lacking organization, is on L.F.H's work.

My problem with the book comes down to factual errors and poor organization, compounded by inaccurate captioning of pictures.
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