The Owners’ and Professionals Bible

By Ian Nicolson & Richard Nicolson

The Boat Data Book Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 216 pages   paperback   $40

Whether you’re planning to build your own boat or restore a classic, you’ll want to own a copy of this indispensable reference book. Now in its seventh edition, The Boat Data Book is a compendium of tables and graphs including pertinent lengths, widths, weights and strengths.

If you want to know the breaking strength of stainless steel or synthetic rigging, what size winches, cleats or seacocks to install, which colors are used for marine wiring, what length and size anchor and chain to select, or the properties of woods used for boatbuilding, this very comprehensive book belongs in your library.

Ian Nicolson, a former senior partner at the A Mylne & Co. yacht design firm, has built six yachts for himself over the years and sailed one of them singlehanded across the Atlantic. Richard Nicolson is a professional yachting adventurer who has rebuilt and repaired several yachts, from classics to modern racers.

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