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The Anatomy of Sail
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This beautifully illustrated reference work for all boat lovers is an encyclopedic treasure trove of fascinating detail about every element of a yacht, from keel to binnacle, wheel and mast.

About the Author

Nic Compton was brought up on boats until the age of 15. He worked as a shipwright, before becoming a full-time writer and photographer. He was Editor of Classic Boat magazine until 2000, and has written several books on nautical subjects, including most recently The Sea: A Photographic Celebration and Titanic on Trial, both published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

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Nic Compton's knowledge of the subject and skill as a writer turns a good idea into a great book. -- Nigel Irens, Yacht Designer
Classic Boat's former editor delivers a seven-chapter 192-page opus on all the aspects of a boat, from types and materials to rigs and fittings, even nav instruments...Gorgeously illustrated. * Classic Boat *
Will sit attractively on the fussiest coffee table, but will also provide inspiration for anyone looking for ideas while restoring a boat. * The Marine Quarterly *
With its heavyweight feel, high quality production and beautiful photography this large format book evokes an immediate connection with the classic vessels, which are its main subject. Beautifully produced and packed with clear, well composed and informative photographs it reflects the author's background in boat building and as a former editor of Classic Boat magazine...his book would certainly find a place in the collection of anyone who values lovely photographs of beautiful objects, not just yachts. -- Ray Kay * Cruising Association *
It's Compton's photo selection that makes his book so different from other books written on the same theme. He picked photos suitable for a photography book and composed them artfully on the page. He didn't do that just to be fancy....The other dimension of the book worth noting is the way Compton shows the breadth of the evolution of sail * Sailing (US magazine) *

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