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100 Boat Designs Reviewed: Design Commentaries by the Experts (Woodenboat) Paperback – October 15, 1997
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That being said, the book does have 100 boats to dream about, including paddle, sail and power boat designs of all different sizes. Most are fairly conventional, older, wooden boats - but some of them are not, and are pretty interesting and thought provoking. When the expert reviewers venture their own opinions, the reading becomes more entertaining, and it is nice to get a different slant than the one promoted by the designer or plans broker.
If you don't mind the lack of photographs, and aren't already familiar with the other boat design books put out by Wooden Boat magazine, then this is a nice book to have.
If you're looking for in-depth information, real visual inspiration and originality, then save your money.
This book has excellent and well-written design reviews, accompanied by drawings that vary from good to unusable.
In particular, those drawings of boats provided by Woodenboat are among the worst, and appear to be copies of copies of copies.
Although the shading work of Susan Bray helps salvage some of this mess, unfortunately she was not comissioned to redo, or at least clean up the numerous blurred, faded, or just hard to look at line drawings in this book. At the list price of 24.95, this is a waste of money.