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BOOKS

Boating's Best Books Excellent selection on history by Chapelle, Lubbock, Underhill and others. Send for catalog of over 500 titles-history, boatbuilding, design, navigation, cruising, fishing, cooking, etc. $2 refundable with first order. Books reviewed by SEA HISTORY are available at a 10% discount.

Tradewinds Press P.O. Box 29H Hillsdale, NJ 07642

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Probably the largest marine bookstore in the country-over 3,000 sea titles including many imported from overseas. Write for catalog. WORLDWIDE CHART AND CRUISING GUIDE SERVICE. DMA, NOAA & Canadian Hyd. Agents.

The

Armchair Sailor Bookstore "H" Lee's Wharf Newport, Rhode Island 02840 Tel: 401-847-4252 (Between the Pier Restaurant & Newport Offshore)

From My Old Boat Shop, One-lung Engines, Fantail Launches, & Other Marine Delights, by Weston Farmer, (Camden ME, International Marine Publishing, 1979, 356 pp., illus., $20). This book starts with a bang (or more precisely a "ka-zoomph") and continues through 30 more chapters and an appendix. Some of the material was published in The National Fisherman over the last decade. It is here updated a nd expanded to make a book that is indeed a marine delight. Mr. Farmer describes "boat noodling" as a hobby that becomes a quest for knowledge. This book is an enjoyable way to add to one's store of information on materials and methods, history dating from the first gas powered launches, and many subtle aspects of boat design. Technical chapters discuss propeller selection , aluminum and steel construction and the relationsh ip of waterp lane area to displacement. There are biographical chapters on C.G. Davis, Ralph Winslow, Sam Rab! and William Atkin whose designs are worth as much consideration and study today as when published 40 or more years ago. The section on practical, home built flotation models and towing tests is invaluable for both new designs and modifications to an existing hull. By intelligently following Mr. Farmer's directions it is possible to build a model that will provide a surprisingly accurate check on one's design. Mr. Farmer was editor of the first 48 issues of Modern Mechanics and Inventions magazine (today's Mechanics Illustrated) and thecompanion20Boatsand Flying Manuals. His writing style is pure pleasure to this reviewer. Especially now when jargon and pseudo technicalities too frequently masquerade as English. There is much more, including plans for some desirable small launches, but it's best enjoyed as told by Mr. Farmer. DON MEISNER

SHIP MODELS We have on hand a huge selection of over 200 ship models and half-hulls. These nautical items are either antique or the work of some of the finest craftsmen in the United States. If you wish to obtain a particular ship model or type, please write and let us know. We also custom build, lease, restore and appraise ship models.

LANNAN NAUTIQUES 2 Edgemere Road, Quincy, Mass. 02169 Tel: 617-471-6849

R.H. JOHN CHART AGENCY Salutes the

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MARINE CHRONOMETERS

Galveston Historical Foundation

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J.P. CONNOR AND COMPANY

Elissa

P.O. Box 794, Devon PA 19333

DIRECT FROM THE SHIPBREAKERS A LARGE SELECTION OF SHIPS' LANTERNS, BINNACLES BELLS, PORTHOLES AND MANY UNIQUE PIECES For further information & photos: 85 Whitfie ld St. Dept. SH

Guilford, CT 06437

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