Of Yachts & Men is the famed boat designer's warm, entertaining and informative reminiscences of a lifetime enjoying boats.
In his own words, it is “an account of many happy years of building, designing and living with small boats; with plans and illustrations of some of these boats, and the circumstances under which they were conceived."
First published in 1949, this autobiography of William Atkin, "America's foremost designer of small yachts," gained such a wide public that it was issued in several editions. Long out of print, it has become a much sought-after item.
Tiller Publishing is pleased to be able to reissue this classic, unabridged, making it available to the many small boat lovers of the world.
Reviewers called it one of the finest books on yachting subjects to be published in America.
Mr. Atkin tells of his early days as a boat builder and designer, the pleasant characters he met at the water’s edge, and includes a generous selection of his favorite little yachts. Along with his warm and cheerful autobiography go the stories behind the making of a dozen of his more famous ships, together with the drawings and details of their construction.
William Atkin was, undoubtedly, the best small boat designer not only in the United States, but in the world. For over thirty-five years, he designed a boat a month for the readers of Motor Boating magazine. In addition to Of Yachts and Men, he wrote several other books including Learning to Sail, Three Cruising Yachts, Motor Boats, Boats, and The Book of Boats Series.
Whether you read purely for pleasure, or whether you want to feel, when the last page is turned, that you’ve been chatting informally with one who freely passes along nuggets of nautical lore from an infinite store, you can’t afford to be without this book. Motor Boating Magazine