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The World's Best Sailboats: A Surveyby Ferenc Mate
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The World's Best Sailboatshas become the most cherished and respected illustrated sailing book of all time. Its unique format includes over 400 spectacular color photographs by the world's leading nautical photographers coupled with astutely presented technical information on the best and most beautiful sailboats manufactured. Mt's insistence on uncompromising quality and his always engaging, entertaining style make this a timeless work and must-reading for anyone interested in sailboats. Its encyclopedic scope covering all aspects of sailboat design and construction, gleaned from personal visits to the world's best boatyards and interviews with the leading builders and designers, gives us not only a feast for the eyes and the stuff of dreams but also a thorough education. Mt visited the world's best boat builders from Finland to Italy, from Maine to California, and in his book evaluates and describes the sailboats of the nineteen best yards. The text is full of technical information on design and construction of available boats, while the magnificent color photos celebrate the beauty of sailboats and fine craftsmanship. His writing, as always is both informative and entertaining.
This text is a survey and evaluation of the best sailboats currently being built. The text includes technical information and colour photographs, and covers all aspects of sailboat design and construction.
A guided tour of the world's best sailboats with an entertaining expert at your side.
A guided tour of the world's bestsailboats withan entertainingexpert at your side.
In the classic format of the first volume, with magnificent color photographs and black-and-white illustrations, the even more spectacular Volume 2 celebrates the giant leaps in technology and design of the last decade and a half. Ferenc Mt analyzes designs and construction while revealing the secrets of the world's top twenty builders, making this book invaluable for any boat buyer and would-be sailor. It includes dozens of new boats by the perennial best builders'"Hinckley, Alden, Baltic, and Swan'"plus all the boats of ten new builders, the likes of J-Boats, Oyster, Valiant, and Sabre, who have, over the years, consistently shown the highest quality and most creative innovation. Mt visited each of the boatyards'"in Europe, Canada, and the United States'"to document his scrupulous firsthand survey. His color photographs are benchmarks in nautical publishing, and his writing is thoughtful, engagingly direct, and always entertaining. Praise for Volume I: "Possibly the most beautiful sailing book ever published."'"Yachtingmagazine
"The most beautiful sailing books ever published."—Yacht Magazine
ith more than 100,000 copies in print, these titles have become the standard reference for sailors and dreamers alike. The nearly 1,000 color photographs by the world's best marine photographers, accompanied by Ferenc Máté's consistently insightful, engaging, and analytic commentary, create the ultimate combination of beauty and practicality. Máté visited firsthand the leading boat builders in the world from Finland to California, surveying and evaluating the best boats built in the last twenty years. From Hinckley, Alden, Baltic, and Swan to new builders such as J-Boats, Oyster, Valiant, and Sabre, these have, over the years, consistently shown the highest quality and most creative innovation. Thoughtful and entertaining, the text is packed with technical information on design and construction, while the magnificent photographs celebrate the beauty of sailboats and fine craftsmanship. "A complete boat show between covers."—John Rousmaniere, author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. 450 color photographs; 227 black-and-white illustrations.
About the Author
Ferenc Máté was born in Hungary and escaped after the revolution at the age of eleven. He grew up in Vancouver, and has lived in California, Paris, Rome, the Bahamas and New York. He had worked on a railroad extra-gang and as a boatbuilder, photographer, deckhand and book editor. His many books include the nautical bestsellers From a Bare Hull, Shipshape and The World’s Best Sailboats, as well as Autumn, A New England Autumn, A Reasonable Life, A Real Life, The Hills of Tuscany and The Wisdom of Tuscany. He and his family run their vineyards and winery in Montalcino, Tuscany.
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