F B Cooke’s In Coastal Waters

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] In Coastal Waters includes some stirring illustrations by C Fleming Williams F B Cooke wrote some interesting and entertaining and evidently popular books about the pastime of yachting in the early part of the last century – click here for some earlier posts about his boats, his books and sailing. In Tidal Waters … Continue reading “F B Cooke’s In Coastal Waters”

F B Cooke falls a little in love

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] Drawings of T Harrison Butler’s single-handed cruiser Like many of us, F B Cooke was clearly a bit of a boat dreamer, and in the early 1920s seems to have fallen very much under the spell of  T Harrison Butler’s pretty Single-Handed Cruiser. ‘I, like many other sailing men, have long searched in … Continue reading “F B Cooke falls a little in love”

F B Cooke on Single Handed Cruising

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] The mystery of Gadfly II’s origins and her link with the Blackwater sloops reminded me of yachting author F B Cooke, who I seem to remember owned a Blackwater sloop in the 1920s. He had strong views on the size and type of yachts that should be used for cruising, for as he … Continue reading “F B Cooke on Single Handed Cruising”