is out and IT'S GREAT!!!
Bob Stephens' appreciation of the Cy Hamlin/ Farnham Butler 'Controversy' class of cruising boats was especially interesting. I grew up sailing those (the 30 and Amphibicons) and have always been a bit defensive about their appearance. No longer. He analyzes the many virtues of the 36 and the challenge of designing an attractive reverse sheer. One of my first boatyard jobs was as a rigger and each spring I rigged a Controversy 36 and it was a dream to sail. Poor us, we rigged, bent on the sails and sea trialed each sailboat launched in the spring.
Those were the days.
There's also a comprehnsive review of what's happened to the various 'Save A Classic' vessels over the years. Love it.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”