Heart of Glass: Fiberglass Boats and the Men Who Built Them

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This is a groundbreaking history of the revolution that gave boating to the middle class. When Ray Greene built the first crude fiberglass dinghy in 1942, no one - not even Greene himself - knew that he had fired the opening shot in a boating revolution. Here, for the first time, is the rich and colourful history of how such men as Charley Morgan, Everett Pearson, Dick Bertram, Hobie Alter, and Rod Johnstone, working on a shoestring and often out of their garages, transformed boating. Here too are the legendary boats that built an industry - classics like the Pearson Triton, Boston Whaler, Bermuda 40, Cal 40, Hobie Cat, Morgan Out Island 41, Bertram 31, Magnum 27, Grand Banks trawlers, J/24, and others.'"Heart of Glass" is a true masterpiece, a wonderful and exciting journey through the world of fiberglass from World War II to the present' - Michael Aronow, author of "Don Aronow: King of Thunderboat Row". 'A masterly book' - Bernadette Bernon, "Cruising World". 'This excellent history is the most comprehensive I have seen' - Everett Pearson, chairman of the board, Tillotson-Pearson International. 'For anyone who loves boats, this is a must-read!' - Charles Morgan, yacht designer, founder of Morgan Yachts. 'I read it cover to cover in one sitting. This is the most important boatbuilding book published in the last 20 years' - Robert H. Perry, yacht designer. 'Reads like a novel, and like Dorothy's "Tin Man", has given fiberglass a heart' - "Boating". 'An amazing tale' - "SAIL".

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Spurr's new volume serves as a narrative and a unique scrapbook of the growth of boating in the second half of the 20th century. But the most exciting aspect of his book is the collection of rare photographs and brief narratives of some of the most successful boats built during recent decades. Heart of Glass is a good book to have on your library shelf.

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Daniel Spurr is the editor-at-large of Professional Boatbuilder magazine. He served for twelve years as editor of Practical Sailor and prior to that was senior editor of Cruising World. He is also the author of Spurr's Boatbook: Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat and Yacht Style: Design and Decor Ideas from the World's Finest Yachts, as well as the boating memoirs River of Forgotten Days and Steered by the Falling Stars.

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