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Yacht Designing: A Treatise on the Practical Application of the Scientific Principles upon which is Based the Art of Designing Yachts

Yacht Designing: A Treatise on the Practical Application of the Scientific Principles upon which is Based the Art of Designing Yachts

KEMP, DIXON. FIRST EDITION. Folio.(40 x 30 cm.). pp.x+[ii]+118. Original gilt-stamped blue cloth Binding rubbed and worn at extremities, inner hinges weak, contents generally clean 34 large folding platres. Dixon Kemp (1839–1899), a British naval architect, was a founder of the Yacht Racing Association (now the Royal Yachting Association) and at one time its secretary. He was a founder of Lloyd's Register of Yachts.[1] Kemp was born in Ryde, a British seaside town on the Isle of Wight. For a time, he edited the Isle of Wight Observer. He was also yachting editor of The Field. Kemp was an authority on the design of yachts and yacht racing. Of his famous yachts, Firecrest (1892) was used by Alain Gerbault in his solo circumnavigation of the globe, and was the vessel he sailed to win the Blue Water Medal in 1923. His Amazon is still afloat and made a Trans-Atlantic crossing in 2011. The British Admiralty ordered copies of his Yacht and Boat Sailing supplied to the Navy. As an architect, he was regarded as an expert on stability of vessels, and his work was supplied to officers of the Royal Navy. As recently as a 1950 analysis of Joshua Slocum's vessel Spray, Kemp's formulae and analysis were still being put to use. The present work is the first of his publications on yacht design. His Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing went on to be issued in many many editions.