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L Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer

L Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer

Mystic Seaport

by Roger C. Taylor

L. Francis Herreshoff (1890-1972) was the most remarkable yacht designer of his time. Beginning his career in the shadow of his famous father, Nathanael G. Herreshoff, he emerged to become a designer who approached the perfection of form in yacht design. His unconventional designs, and his innovative engineering of hull and rig, made him a peer among his more prolific contemporaries.

Maritime author, publisher, and professional mariner Roger C. Taylor has admired and appreciated sailing the designs of L. Francis Herreshoff since meeting him in the late 1940s. In this detailed biography, he brings Herreshoff’s personality to life, with its artistic and scientific genius, prejudices, omniscience, shyness, quiet friendliness, inward pain, and generosity. And having studied Herreshoff’s plans and correspondence—which are preserved at Mystic Seaport—and interviewed many who knew him, Taylor offers expert descriptions and commentary on the details of his designs.


ROGER C. TAYLOR has admired and appreciated sailing the designs of L. Francis Herreshoff since meeting him in the late 1940s. In a career that took him from Harvard University to the US Navy as a deck officer, to a leadership position at the US Naval Institute, to founder and director of International Marine Publishing Company, to licensed captain of sailing vessels, Roger Taylor has compiled a “life list” of several hundred boats sailed, including fourteen designed by L. Francis Herreshoff. This is his ninth book on boats and boating.


Title: L Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer
Author:: Roger C. Taylor
Publisher: Mystic Seaport
Published: October 1, 2015
Pages: 449
ISBN: 9780939511433
Binding: Hardcover