Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts

By the Technical Committee of the Cruising Club of America
Edited by John Rousmaniere
Illustrated by Stephen L. Davis
New York & London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1987, 310 pages

All the authors featured in this volume are or have been members of the Technical Committee of the Cruising Club of America. Five are past or present Commodores of the CCA, which has long been concerned with the development of good boats and gear for seaworthy, comfortable, and enjoyable cruising, blow high or blow low, alongshore or in mid-ocean.

The book's editor, John Rousmaniere is a CCA member and a widely experienced offshore sailor. He is the author or editor of twelve books on sailing, among them The Annapolis Book of Seamanship; The Golden Pastime: A new History of Yachting; The Sailing Lifestyle; and "Fastnet, Force 10."

Four of the featured authors are widely respected yacht designers: Olin and Rod Stephens, Bill Lapworth, and James McCurdy. These four are joined by seasoned offshore sailors Karl Kirkman, Richard McCurdy, Dan Strohmeier, Lynn Williams, Tom Young, Mitch Gibbons-Neff, Clayton Ewing, Stanley Livingston, George Griffith, Ted Hood, and Bill Shaw.

This book is the authority on the features and equipment that belong and those that don't belong in a cruising sailboat. Rarely before has a book on sailing drawn upon as much experience and knowledge as these authors provide. Between them, they have been sailing for some 850 years, have covered more than 750,000 miles offshore (the equivalent of 30 circuits of the globe), and have owned 43 cruising sailboats. In no other book has so much sailing been assembled.

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