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    Default Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee

    A friend showed me a wonderful book today, Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee. The detailed illustrations often show the boats laid keel-to-keel, and the author has researched how different bodies of water and types of boaters determine hull design and utilization. Very impressive!

    Don't have a copy yet, and most prices seem to range around $40-70.



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    Default Re: Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorne View Post
    A friend showed me a wonderful book today, Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee. The detailed illustrations often show the boats laid keel-to-keel, and the author has researched how different bodies of water and types of boaters determine hull design and utilization. Very impressive!

    Don't have a copy yet, and most prices seem to range around $40-70.



    http://www.jotika-ltd.com/Pages/1024...ooks_72773.htm
    Thats one of my "bibles", another one of similar importance in my work is the two volume set "Inshore craft of Britain" by Edgar J March, I have the edition with forward by John Leather.
    Both titles are wonderfully informative reading.

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    Default Re: Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee

    McKee is a seminal work, one I have recommended several times.
    E J March is good, but for the boats I know well, his writing is misleading, and there are gaps. His Sailing Trawlers and Sailing Drifters are better.
    This https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/B...il%2Bgreenhill


    is more rigorous and includes craft that E J M missed.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee

    Still waiting to find a reasonably priced copy of that, i have the others.

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    What would be the advantage of a club boom over a full boom or no boom on that boats standing lug mizzen? So it still brails up?

    Mousehole has water inside a protected reef like that before the narrow harbour entrance.
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    Default Re: Working Boats of Britain: Their Shape and Purpose, by Eric McKee

    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Pearson View Post


    What would be the advantage of a club boom over a full boom or no boom on that boats standing lug mizzen? So it still brails up?

    Mousehole has water inside a protected reef like that before the narrow harbour entrance.
    You can set a longer footed sail on a shorter bumpkin than with no club.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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