Editors
Lucia del Sol Knight
Daniel B. MacNaughton

Editorial Board
Bent Aarre
B. Devereux Barker III
Albert B. Boardman III
Anne Bray
Rutger ten Broeke
John S. Carter
Volker Christmann
Fridtjof Gunkel
Kennosuke Hayashi
Llewellyn Howland III
James Jermain
Robert Johnstone
Virginia Crowell Jones
Robert W. Knight
Claas van der Linde
Ulf and Gunilla Lycke
James L. Mairs
Luis Sáenz Mariscal
Iain McAllister
Adrian Morgan
Marilyn Mower
Bette Kough Noble
Jay Paris
David Payne
Tom Roach
John Rousmaniere
David Ryder-Turner
Thomas G. Skahill
Jack A. Somer
Jacques Taglang
Ricardo Villarosa
Cynthia Voigt
Walter Voigt
Bob Wallstrom
Joel White


25 June, 2006

Greetings,

Oh, so much has happened since last fall when the EYD came out! We are thrilled with the book and grateful for all the support being generated for it around the world.

REVIEWS

We now have nineteen reviews of the encyclopedia posted on-line. Shortly they will be joined by reviews in Japan’s Kazi magazine and the Netherlands Maritime Museum publication The Dutch Journal of Maritime History. All these reviews are very helpful in getting the word out about the EYD.

Sales are increasing to yacht clubs and you can help by writing a review or notice for your yacht club newsletters. Nice to have a worldwide market!

EVENTS

Dan and I gave our very first talk last October to the Brooksville Public Library in my hometown. No place could have been better for a couple of new public speakers: people were generous, had good questions, and were very supportive. We were glad to have that first one behind us and we took from it lessons learned about speaking in front of groups.

There have been a number of other events celebrating the EYD. Last November IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School) in Newport, Rhode Island threw one hell of a party at the sleek Carnegie Abbey club. Over 250 people attended, including nine yacht designers: Jay Benford, Phil Bolger, Bill Cook, Niels Helleberg, Ted Hood, Garry Hoyt, David Pedrick, Bill Shaw, Jim Taylor, and Doug Zurn. Close to 50 encyclopedias were sold, benefiting IYRS. Dan, Greg, Bob, and I really enjoyed the spectacular food, drinks, camaraderie, and scenery.

In early March of this year, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine hosted a celebration and book signing (ably assisted by John Hanson of Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine) that brought together close to 100 people from eastern and central Maine. Designers Chuck Paine, Bob Stephens, and Ralph Stanley helped us sign books and we all enjoyed this jewel of a museum.

Later in March, we traveled down to give a talk to the New York Yacht Club. John Rousmaniere set up the talk, which went well and was followed by a sumptuous dinner. We met lots of new people and there is no place in New York that we would rather stay than at the NYYC.

I also gave a talk to the excellent bookstore, A Port in a Storm, in Somesville on Mt. Desert Island, Maine last December. We’re returning there this summer (on July 23) where we’ll benefit from the nautical community that thrives downeast during the summer.

Earlier in July, on the 6th, we’ll give a talk at the Blue Hill (Maine) Public Library.

STORES SELLING THE EYD

Hats off to Toronto’s The Nautical Mind marine bookseller: Bob and I were in Toronto over the weekend of June 17 and visited this excellent bookstore. They had three copies of the EYD, a fine supply that I hope will be sold out soon…

The list of stores from around the world on our Web site where people can purchase the EYD started off well, but I’ve had a difficult time getting the information from publicists and bookstores. Anyone who knows of such stores should let me know and I’ll get them posted.

I still have some brochures if anyone would like some to pass around.

A busy time, and oh, how good it feels.

See you around, and keep in touch!

Best,

~Lucia del Sol Knight

Blue Hill, Maine

June 25, 2006


GREETINGS!

I have in front of me an advance copy of the EYD and it's gorgeous! After eleven years, it is quite an astonishing feat to have an actual book that I can open and thumb through. I am very, very pleased.

As befits an expensive book, the quality is superb. The Italian printing company, known for duo-tone excellence, has indeed created a smashingly handsome book, aided by the book's talented designer, Robert Wiser.

I joined Louie Howland at his booth at the WoodenBoat Show in Newport in late August with the advance copy. Oh, the responses were so gratifying! Louie pre-sold a bunch of copies, this despite the fact that people had nothing to take away with them.

General release is mid-October 2005 and Subscriber copies will go out just before that.

Shortly we shall be adding to our site a list of places where the EYD can be purchased. Booksellers worldwide should contact me if
they would like to join the list.

Let the celebrations begin!

~Lucia del Sol Knight

Blue Hill, Maine
September 26, 2005













Publication date: Fall 2005
# of worldwide designers: 525
# of illustrations: 648
528 pages, 10” x 12”
$250
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company




EDITORS' NOTES — NOVEMBER 2004

Greetings,

The good news is that we finally have a publication date: Fall 2005. Those of you who have been involved from the beginning will join us in expressing great relief that the Encyclopedia is in our near-term future.

Earlier this month, I completed the review of 1,300 pages of double-spaced text of the entries and captions that were copyedited by a really competent editor. Additionally, through a long series of questions from her and subsequent answers I found from writers and the files, the material has been substantially tightened up, clarified, and improved. She also imposed uniform style preferences throughout, plus found mistakes we had made; they are gone. We're very grateful for her Herculean work. And work it was…..

I have now seen the book designer's first layout and book jacket designs. Again, we seem to be fortunate. More work needs to be done but this is truly an exciting time for us. As soon as the cover is finalized, I will post it here. Oh, that will be a good day!

~Lucia
Blue Hill, Maine
24 November, 2004



EDITORS' NOTES — MAY 2004

Greetings,

WE'RE DONE!

As you all well know, it's been a long, long beat to windward, sometimes with foul currents, but the EYD is now safely anchored with Jim Mairs at W.W. Norton in New York City. Without your help and support we could never have made the voyage, and we want to express our sincere respect and affection for all who have helped us along the way.

Specifically, we delivered 525 entries along with 649 photos and drawings with their captions to Jim. Now it is up to him to turn them into a book. A publication date, expected mid-2005, will be set once the "monster" copyediting of the Encyclopedia is completed. Stay tuned to the Web site.

As we speak, the book is being copyedited and a book designer has been lined up. The cover will be designed soon so that it can be depicted on Norton's Web site (www.wwnorton.com). (It's not there yet…..) As soon as it's designed, I will direct everyone's attention to it via the Web site.

We are getting inquiries about serializing various entries in magazines and newsletters which sounds to me like an excellent way to get the world out about the Encyclopedia. Anyone interested in doing this needs to contact me.

Celebration

It might seem early to plan a celebration for when the EYD is published, but I'd like everyone to think about how and where that might happen. There has been talk about having the party at the New York Yacht Club and/or in Brooksville, Maine. How many of you would come? Ideas?? lucia@eyd.net

Publicity

I would like to help sell all 5,000 copies of the Encyclopedia and plan on doing as much publicity as possible. There is a relatively small market for this niche book and most will be sold via word-of-mouth. We have established quite a wonderful worldwide network of writers, editors, Subscribers, and supporters, and aim to use it to focus attention on this book that has taken just about a decade to complete. I'd like help to get out the word, and anyone who can help me direct such things as press releases to appropriate people, I'm waiting to hear from you.


EYD Web site: www.eyd.net

Our site will become significantly more active over the next few months. It's such an efficient way to communicate with the world at large, and very cost-effective. Much to do!


Onward!


EYD UPDATE March 17, 2004

On Sunday, April 4, we will drive for 10 hours down from Blue Hill, Maine to New York City. Upon arrival, we'll celebrate the completion of The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers with at least one bottle of Dom Pèrignon, and spend the night at the New York Yacht Club. On Monday morning, we'll deliver the manuscript and illustrations to Jim Mairs, our editor at W.W. Norton. With so much help from so many people up to the very end, together our goal is achieved.


Progress: March 17, 2004

Of the 520+ entries, 6 remain to be completed. Of these 6, all are virtually 90% complete and need finalizing. We are reviewing one final time all the entries; as of 3/7/04 we are done.

Of the 680 drawings and photographs that will illustrate these entries, we have in hand 646 (95%). Captions for these illustrations in hand number 530: (78%).

Of the 87 releases we need from writers, we have 72 in hand: 82%. Of the 680 releases for illustrations we need, 153 sources representing 636 images are in hand: 93.5%.

Of the 200 Subscriptions we are selling to raise the money to pay for copyright and reproduction costs, we have 200 in hand: 100%.


Progress: February 8, 2004

Of the 520+ entries, 17 remain to be completed. Of these 17, all are virtually 90% complete and need finalizing. We are reviewing one final time all the entries; as of 2/8/04 we are up to the end of "S".

Of the 680 drawings and photographs that will illustrate these entries, we have in hand 612 (90%). Captions for these illustrations in hand number 437: (64%).

Of the 87 releases we need from writers, we have 57 in hand: 66%. Of the 650+ releases for illustrations we need, 145 sources representing 516 images are in hand: 79%.

Of the 200 Subscriptions we are selling to raise the money to pay for copyright and reproduction costs, we have 200 in hand: 100%.

Progress: January 8, 2004

Of the 520+ entries, 32 remain to be completed. Of these 32, all are virtually 90% complete and need finalizing. We are reviewing one final time all the entries; as of 1/8/04 we are up to the end of "O".

Of the 650+ drawings and photographs that will illustrate these entries, we have in hand 566 (87%). Captions for these illustrations in hand number 383: (59%).

Of the 87 releases we need from writers, we have 45 in hand: 51%. Of the 650+ releases for illustrations we need, 140 sources representing 502 images are in hand: 77%.

Of the 200 Subscriptions we are selling to raise the money to pay for copyright and reproduction costs, we have 196 in hand: 98%.

Progress: December 6, 2003

Of the 520+ entries, 47 remain to be completed. Of these 47, all are virtually 90% complete and need finalizing. We are reviewing one final time all the entries; as of 12/6/03 we are up to the end of "J".

Of the 650+ drawings and photographs that will illustrate these entries, we have in hand 552 (85%). Captions for these illustrations in hand number 333: (51%).

Of the 87 releases I need from writers, I have 43 in hand: 49%. Of the 650+ releases for illustrations I need, we have in hand 139: 76%.

Of the 200 Subscriptions we are selling to raise the money to pay for copyright and reproduction costs, we have 195 in hand: 97%.

Progress: November 5, 2003

Of the 518 entries, 69 remain to be completed. Of these 69, all are virtually 90% complete and need finalizing.

Of the 650 drawings and photographs that will illustrate these entries, we have in hand 535 (82%). Of these illustrations, we have in hand 281 captions (43%).

Of the 80+ releases I need from writers, I have 40+ in hand. Of the 650 releases for illustrations I need, it is a low number and I haven't counted yet.

Of the 200 Subscriptions we are selling to raise the money to pay for copyright and reproduction costs, we have 193 in hand.

FINAL REQUEST FOR BIRTH AND DEATH DATES:

Egidio Gallinari, Italy
Wilder "Bill" Harris, US (Concordias 28, 31, & 33)
Francis Kinney, US (S&S, Skene's) - 11/2/1915 – 1/4/1993 (thanks to John Rousmaniere and Maria Bernier)
Fred Shepherd, England (Selena King; 1870's, mid 1950's??)
Small Brothers, US (Boston, late 1880's?)
Ken Smith, US (Grand Banks trawlers designed mid 1960


EDITORS’ NOTES JANUARY 2003

Lucia del Sol Knight, Editor
Blue Hill, Maine U.S.A.

Not surprisingly, given our always-a-bit-optimistic time projections, from time to time we hear from supporters who wonder when the EYD will be done.

If we've proven anything, it is the riskiness of providing a specific projection, so we will avoid that here, but we do want everyone to know that we are close, very close.

While we are still waiting for a few last-minute entries and will undoubtedly be re-editing copy for fresh facts until the manuscript goes out the door, the entries themselves are essentially all written. We are now primarily involved in the procurement of the illustrations.

Since you heard from us last, we have reviewed over 5,000 images for possible inclusion. We are in the process of ordering photos and drawings from approximately 150 sources worldwide. Of the 700 photos and drawings which will be included in the book, about 95% have been selected, although we will remain open minded up until the day we put this project to bed. Captions have to be written for most images and we welcome help.

As with the written portion of the book, the process of securing the illustrations has taken longer than expected. The word "encyclopedia" will always imply hugeness to us in a way it really didn't at first, but like the rest of the project, this phase seems too important to rush. The process seems to have a natural pace, and just as the whole project has been one of the major learning experiences of our lives, we are now learning the real time frame for this aspect of it. When we're all done, then you can ask us how long it takes to write an encyclopedia of this size, and we'll be able to tell you!

The best part of doing this has been the wonderful people we have worked with from around the world. Some we have met, some we hope to meet one day, and some, sadly, will remain just a friendly voice on the phone or an e-mail which makes our day. Their dedication combined with your patient support continues to inspire us. The next thing you will hear from us is, "we're done!"




EDITORS’ NOTES Spring 2002

Lucia del Sol Knight, Editor
Blue Hill, Maine U.S.A.

Jim Mairs, our editor at W.W. Norton, asked me the other day if I had a sense of when the Encyclopedia will be done. I asked him why on earth he would believe what I said, since I’ve been wrong every time so far. He said, “Well, you bit off quite a bit.” Patiently he said to let him know when we got close, so the machinery of publishing this book would start to turn, and make the manuscript and 700 photographs and drawings into a book.

Yes, we did bite off a lot. We have struggled — and it’s a good struggle — for over seven years now to collect and organize and finalize entries for over 500 yacht designers worldwide spanning the last 200 years. Almost 80 valiant writers have wrapped up their entries with a few latecomers just now finishing. Many of our Editorial board members have read most of the entries; their comments and corrections have strengthened them.

Illustrations are pouring in and caption writing is underway. It’s exciting to see how the illustrations are going to make this book come alive.

We did lose a few Subscribers, those patrons whose generosity allow us the funds to go after the 700 photos and drawings,when people had to actually pay the balances of their gifts. But with 177 in hand, we’ll close things out soon.

So, when will the book be done? While we are hurrying, we know that this is not the time to be hasty while attending to the remaining details. I’d say we’ll have our part wrapped up within the next three months. It will take Norton about one year to turn it into a book. My apologies to those who are impatient. We, too, are eager to complete it and will continue to charge towards the finish line.

We welcome three industrious new Board members: Marilyn Mower of ShowBoats International magazine, Iain McAllister, captain of the William Fife Jr.-designed Solway Maid, and Claas van der Linde of Switzerland, whose passion is multihull yachts. We thank you and our other advisers for your considerable help!

Soon, The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers will be done.

Bob Stephens designed Lena, “a low, narow, fast daysailer” in 2001. The 46’7” wood-epoxy sloop combines traditional proportions above the water with contemporary underwater lines. Photo by Elizabeth Z. Coakley
Daniel B. MacNaughton, Editor
Rockland, Maine U.S.A.

Having clearly demonstrated that we have no concept of time, we have come to dread the entirely sensible and obvious question of “When will the book be done?”. I sometimes lie awake at night and wonder why, when we were conceiving this project, the word “Encyclopedia” didn’t jump out at me a bit more. I marvel at the patience of the publisher, the subscribers, and our seldomseen families and friends while we just keep plugging away, doing the vast array of things which will, one of these days, produce The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers.

And review of the status of the hundreds of entries reveals that we are close, very close. In fact, to quote Lucia over the dinner table after a couple of glasses of wine, “Dammit, we’re closer to done than we’ve ever been!”

Of course we’re anxious to wrap it up and get our spare time back and figure out what we might do next (something small.....) but it feels like we’ve learned how to do this, now, and it has been so, so rewarding that we kind of wish we could keep doing it forever. Our individual senses of yachting history, of the importance of the Encyclopedia, and of the need to do more, have broadened and deepened. And best of all have been relationships we have developed with people from the furthest corners of the world, who for minimal material reward have put heart and soul into this project for the good of the sport of yachting.

One might think, with it having taken so much longer than we expected, and having turned out to be so much bigger of a task than we expected, that we might be losing energy, but in fact the opposite is true, as we round the last mark and head for the line.

And dammit, we’re closer to done than we’ve ever been!