Strangers in the bight*

* [Sorry!] A large (and often only slightly reced­ing) bay. Some read­ers will know that I am heav­ily implic­ated in The Albert Strange Asso­ci­ation, a body which cel­eb­rates the life and work of that artist, writer and yacht design­er. There are not that many...

We’re all over CB like a rash!

Last year Clas­sic Boat magazine’s Edit­or, Dan Hou­s­ton, called to ask if I’d mind the magazine run­ning some mater­i­al from our encyc­lo­paed­ic Cruis­ing Hints by Fran­cis B. Cooke. Well of course not! I sent over the book and thought no more about it until the...

Introducing TEAL

After being the keep­er of a num­ber of clas­sic wooden craft from 13ft to 33, I have come full-circle and returned to ‘sail & oar’ as the best fit for my cur­rent rather busy cir­cum­stances. TEAL is a superb build by Fabi­an Bush of Rowhedge in Essex (and his...

I love the smell of printer’s ink in the morning!

Apo­lo­gies for the length of this our inaug­ur­al blog post—it will not be typ­ic­al! The five-year exper­i­ment that has been Lode­star Books has reached a water­shed lately, with the adop­tion of a new look and feel for most of our out­put. By mov­ing from...

Lodestar Books now has UK trade representation

Believing—and being told by those who will know— that our books have great trade poten­tial is one thing, get­ting them into the trade is quite anoth­er! So earli­er this sum­mer Lode­star Books ‘signed up’ with inde­pend­ent trade reps Sig­na­ture Books to pro­mote...