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  • Atlantic Adventure – John Groser – First Edition

    Atlantic Adventure – John Groser – First Edition

    This is the book about the highly controversial third London Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Rec in 1968.

    A first edition published by Ward & Lock, London. Octavo, 160 pages, nicely illustrated and with two good appendices at rear – Scale Drawings of Yachts in the 1968 Race and … List of entries with helmsman, designer, builder, type, rig, size and “result”. A fine copy.

    Running down the “results” column maybe you get an understanding of the drama in the book with … Steering trouble, disqualifies, taken ill, rudder trouble, unable to navigate, sank!, leak in hull, mast came loose, mast broke, sank, sank … sank.

    The North Atlantic not to be underestimated.

    $25.00

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  • Trimaran to Tahiti – D.E. Barry-Evans

    Trimaran to Tahiti – D.E. Barry-Evans

    Doug Barry-Evans preferred to be called DE. A WWII naval aircraft pilot born in the UK but spent most of his life in New Zealand.

    A First edition 1978, published by Richards o Auckland, NZ. Small quarto, 216 pages plus appendices. Really well illustrated and with really good technical information regarding the boat in the back section. A very good copy

    From New Zealand to Tahiti an 1,800 mile there and back voyage with lots of excitement and adventure along the way.

    A special sailing adventure with good detail on the islands visited

    $30.00

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  • Victorian Telescope – 36 inch two draw – mahogany cased – c1880

    Victorian Telescope – 36 inch two draw – mahogany cased – c1880

    This beautiful two draw telescope is English by origin and made in the Victorian era c1880.

    It is in superb condition. Fully extended it is near 36 inches – closed about 16 inches. The 1.5 inch objective is clear and has good light gathering qualities – no chips. The mahogany casing is intact which is rare as they generally split with age. The eyepiece has a pull down dust cover as is usual for the period.

    The brass objective has a dust cover fitted into a substantial extendable lens shade which slides well … all in very good condition. An instrument of this quality must have come from a leading London maker and the style suggests Dollond.

    Good optics and fine mahogany banding making a handsome early telescope

    Best one we have had for a long time!

    $590.00

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  • Sail and Deliver! – Ronald Preedy

    Sail and Deliver! – Ronald Preedy

    With a forward by Sir Alec Rose. Ronald Preedy had the best job … delivering yachts … and there really is only one way to do it.

    A fine first edition published by Partridge Press, London in 1989. Octavo, 249 pages, illustrated and with charts of various routes taken.

    Voyages undertaken include … Falmouth to Corunna, Spain; Florida to Norfolk, Virginia; Lymington to Gibralter; Vilamoura to Falmouth; Les Sables d’Olonne to Vilamoura and quite a few more.

    Written very much in a story telling manner … a relaxing sailing read

    Preedy was there when a skipper was needed

    $25.00

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  • Vertue XXXV [Falmouth to New York] – Humphrey Barton – First Edition 1949

    Vertue XXXV [Falmouth to New York] – Humphrey Barton – First Edition 1949

    Scarce first edition of the sailing classic from Falmouth in England to New York published by Robert Ross, London in 1949.

    Octavo, 210 pages with end paper charts, and numerous diagrams and illustrations from photographs. Dust jacket sunned on the spine and with edge chips, overall not bad and we have not see another one. Internally very tidy.

    The book generally follows the voyage chronologically with narrative superior to the usual log approach, this all after stating clearly the nature of the project and its objective .. with a voyage summary at the rear as an Appendix.

    The book is regarded as instructive by those that sail the heavy sea … Barton’s sailing experience backed by an intimate knowledge of yacht design and construction … he was a qualified yacht surveyor and partner in a then leading firm of designers. Having said that instinctive skills were required to survive the Hurricane that hit them in the final stages of there voyage.

    Barton a yachting expert makes the Atlantic – scarce first edition..

    $40.00

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  • Bluenose II: Saga of the Great Fishing Schooners –  L.B. Jenson

    Bluenose II: Saga of the Great Fishing Schooners – L.B. Jenson

    A highly respected work published by Nimbus, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1994.

    Landscape 36cm by 28cn perfect bound soft cover with illustrated card covers. 125 pages magnificently illustrated throughout, minimal creasing lower right from pages turning, otherwise a very good copy.

    The original Bluenose Schooner was designed by W.J. Roue and built in 1921 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard, Lunenburg. It was a cracker. In 1962 the Oland family commissioned the building of Bluenose II, a replica, and one of the last two-masted schooners.

    L.B. Jenson, a noted marine artist and historic illustrator produced this dedicated work. Measured drawings have been carefully reproduced and checked whilst Bluenose II was fully rigged and a working vessel. We have her decks, fittings and housings … booms, gaffs, bowsprit, rigging etc. Supported by illustrations of the vessel under sail. Drawings of the hull, masts and sails, nothing left out for the marine enthusiast. Additionally, Jenson has provided an illustrated history of the fishery.

    Bluenose II a dying breed – beautifully described and drawn.

    $60.00

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