John Sandoe Books, Chelsea, London. (Mylene Friedrich Rizzo / Clarisse Zanetello Linhares)

John Sandoe Books, Chelsea: how one would want one’s London stockist to look.
(Mylene Friedrich Rizzo / Clarisse Zanetello Linhares)

We’ve recently been enjoying undertaking a long overdue update to the Reviews page at this blog. As the northern hemisphere days shorten – and more often than not darken – it’s often a time to reflect.

This time three years ago, we were approaching the editorial, design and production deadline for Martin Black’s G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design. With the book scheduled to print in Italy during December 2011, and launch at London Boat Show in the first week of January 2012, there’s an intensity to such work that requires a gap in time before one can properly reflect on a job well done.

20140908_121427The reviews gathered there are not the result of a selection process for positives. The only chastening comments we receive are from folk impatient to hear news of the promised second volume of drawings accompanied by a more technical appraisal of Watson’s work. We are just as impatient, and will write about that soon.

Meanwhile we hope you can enjoy with us some excellent writing by readers and reviewers, known and happy to be not known, about Martin Black’s beautifully written and produced biography of the great Scottish yacht designer, G.L. Watson.

And if you are looking for a Christmas present idea for the maritime person in your life, look no further.

Read the reviews at

Buy the book at, or from the list of worldwide stockists here.

~ Iain McAllister ~


100th PostPS: Crikey… apparently this was the 100th post to the blog.

There’s a lot of good reading here although I say it myself, or at least interesting subjects. But the real deal, of course, is Martin Black’s biography of yacht designer, G.L. Watson…



About Peggy Bawn Press

496pg biography of Scottish yacht designer, George Lennox Watson (1851-1904). Significant book on the history of yacht design & the development of modern yachting. Beautifully illustrated. Many photographs previously unpublished.
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