Another Christmas present: GL Watson – the Art and Science of Yacht Design by Martin Black

GL Watson book image

Martin Black’s 496-page biography of George Lennox Watson is a monumental work, and a Christmas present that would make anyone feel feel valued!

It describes the Scottish yacht designer’s life and work during what has been called the golden age of yacht design, but also focuses on the emergence of the role of the modern independent designer at a time when design was changing from being a slowly evolving craft to a technological discipline making optimum use of new materials and tank testing.

Here’s a quotation from the publisher’s blurb:

‘Watson’s genius shines through in early racing cutters carrying clouds of sail, pro-bono pioneering work on lifeboats, America’s Cup challengers, and ultimately in sumptuous steam yachts, Watson’s adage: Straight is the line of duty; curved is the line of beauty… is consistently evident.

‘Carrying his prodigious research lightly, the author’s work floats easily above its load waterline, including delightful mini biographies of the colourful leading characters. Even the footnotes are entertaining.’

Read all about Martin Black’s biography of GL Watson at the Peggy Bawn Press website. Also read about the restored Peggy Bawn here.


The ‘Big Class’ racing on film in 1899

The Big Class on film 1899

Check out this page about the ‘Big Class’ and a striking piece of film of three GL Watson-designed racing yachts competing in 1899.

While you’re there do take a look around the Peggy Bawn Press website – there are some very nice looking books on sale!