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 Scarborough Yacht Club, of many mentions of Albert Strange in old copies of the local paper. This led to some dialogue in the correspondence pages of Yachting Monthly, which brought together owners and afficionados of boats designed by Strange (1855-1917), who had fallen into an undeserved obscurity. The range and depth of Albert Strange’s talents were prodigious: He was an accomplished marine and landscape painter and a professional art teacher, a skilled and adventurous sailor, an engaging writer, and the designer of hauntingly lovely yachts whose unmistakeable lines may be spotted afloat around Britain’s shores and around the world; indeed they are being built to this day. Although an amateur designer, his technical knowledge ranked with the best professionals of his time. All these aspects of his life, and more, are encompassed by this new edition, completely redesigned, and enhanced with many additional art images, recent boat photos, and comprehensive lists of his yacht designs and boats built to them. Iain Oughtred, himself the designer of beautiful, traditionally inspired small craft, and an ASA member of long standing, has written a new Foreword. You can learn more and buy the book here.

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