Vote for H W Tilman!

Her Majesty's Government are to launch a new Polar Research vessel in 2019, and have asked for the public's help in choosing a name. We have proposed H W Tilman, as the twentieth century's most accomplished high-latitude sailor and explorer, and we hope you would agree. He is up against many strong names from the era of imperial exploration, but we think they have had a fair crack in boat names already, and he represents a lean, resourceful, low-impact style of expedition which deserves recognition. To vote for him, please click on the picture, then on the 'heart' symbol on the target page. Voting closes on 16 April.

‘Affordable English Classics’

Thomas Harrison Butler designed primarily small to medium sized family yachts of a classical beauty, and their owners today are an enthusiastic and far-flung family themselves. Here is a long-awaited and redesigned Fifth Edition of HB's book on design and fitting out, with most of his best-loved designs illustrated with drawings and photos, including a new colour gallery of HB yachts. Read more...

'No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure'

So, he claimed (perhaps in jest), wrote H. W. Tilman in a crew recruitment advertisement in The Times circa 1960. We however offer you the prospect of considerable pleasure (but still no pay) in reading a new Collected Edition, jointly published by Lodestar Books with the climbing specialists Vertebrate Publishing, of every one of Tilman’s 15 books. Read more...

'Comely and exemplary...'

Is how artist Gloria Wilson describes the fishing boat Delightful which adorns the cover of her new book; it might apply to this entire collection of 48 crystal-clear line drawings distilled from her lifetime association with Britain's fishing industry. Vessels in wood and steel, principally of Scotland but with a few from North-East England, are depicted both afloat and ashore, revealing the beauty of form dictated by their natural element. Gloria's knowledgeable Introduction and captions, and Mike Smylie's Foreword, complete Fishing Boats of Scotland, a fine record of a distinctive regional maritime tradition. Read more...

'Incapable of writing a dull sentence...'

George Millar trained as an architect, worked as a journalist, and in the Second World War became a soldier much-decorated by both France and the United Kingdom, his activities being recorded in a number of books; all this experience is brought to bear in a series of three further books describing his post-war European cruises in classic wooden vessels. Two of these have already been re-issued, and we are privileged to bring you this third title—A White Boat from England—now available. Read more...

Albert Strange

Albert Strange leaves us agape at his assured grasp of the fields of painting, writing, sailing and of course the yacht design for which he is perhaps best remembered today. We're delighted to bring you our new, revised edition of this book by John Leather and The Albert Strange Association. Read more here.

Sabrina close hauled

Sabrina, above and cover girl Mischief III are examples of Harrison Butler’s 26ft Yonne design,and in fact a third example was there at Beaulieu last night with a further 6 HB beauties, for the Harrison Butler Association’s autumn meet and dinner. Your... read more

‘No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure’

So, he claimed (perhaps in jest), wrote H. W. Tilman in a crew recruitment advertisement in The Times circa 1960. We however offer you the prospect of considerable pleasure (but still no pay) in reading a new Collected Edition, jointly published by Lodestar Books with... read more

‘Comely and exemplary’

…is how artist Gloria Wilson describes the fishing boat Delightful which adorns the cover of her new book; it might apply to this entire collection of 48 crystal-clear line drawings distilled from her lifetime association with Britain’s fishing industry.... read more

‘Incapable of writing a dull sentence’

If I could recall where I read that about George Millar I would happily credit its writer for a statement as close to the truth as makes no practical difference. Having enjoyed the author’s re-issued Oyster River and Isabel and the Sea in recent years, I was a little... read more

Stamp of approval for VIOLA

When the Governor of the Falkland Islands—whose dependencies include the island of South Georgia—read our book Viola, The Life and Times of a Hull Steam Trawler, presented to him by the team of salvage experts who visited the vessel late last year, he was sufficiently... read more

Albert Strange—Yacht Designer and Artist

We are delighted and privileged to bring you our new edition of this book written in 1990 by the late John Leather, based on research by The Albert Strange Association. The ASA was formed in the late 1970s following the chance discovery, by a historian of the... read more

Tom Cunliffe on ‘Catalan Castaway’ in Yachting World

Tom Cunliffe was so taken with Ben Crawshaw’s shoestring sailing adventures on the Catalan Coast of Spain, and with our book in which Ben describes them with great modesty and honesty, that he secured three entire pages of the new issue of Yachting World to... read more

‘Blokes’ and ‘An Eye’ in Yachting Monthly

Colin Jarman reviewed Blokes Up North and An Eye for a Boat in October’s Yachting Monthly; here are some highlights. Of Blokes, the account by two Royal Marines officers of their North-west Passage expedition in a 17ft open boat : Written with alternating... read more

CB250 Centenarian ‘Sauntress’ is no square…

Readers of Classic Boat magazine will hardly need introducing to Sauntress, the stunning 28ft gaff cutter built in 1913 by Wright & Harris in Cardiff. She made the CB ‘Top 200’ boats in a reader poll some years ago, so of course was still listed when... read more

The Chandlery at the North End of the West End

At the top end of London’s Shaftesbury Avenue there has existed, for the past 125 years, and elsewhere for 400 years altogether as a maker and supplier of rope, the yacht chandlery Arthur Beale Ltd. It has somehow survived into 2014 with no online presence, and... read more

‘Catalan Castaway’ gets a wonderful review…

… from two writers who really know what they’re talking about. Both Keith Muscott and Paul Constantine put pen to paper for the latest issue of Dinghy Cruising, the quarterly journal of the Dinghy Cruising Association, and we thank them profusely for their... read more

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Neglected
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Beaulieu
Boat Jumble

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24 April!

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