This book is not only about boats but provides the bigger picture including an insight into the world-wide Depression. While much of the World was struggling to put food on the table, the wealthy were building fabulous yachts purely to race each other. The “J” boats were the penultimate result of cheap labor and materials available in the 1930’s – 130 foot boats with solid bronze hulls, an outrageous extravagance even by today’s standards.
The enthusiasm of the author for this subject is infectious, and he was truly fortunate to have sailed on so many wonderful boats. He also describes his meetings with many of the greatest yacht designers of all time. For a personal insight to the golden era of yachting, I recommend this book highly. (Review from Amazon and Luke R Melody)