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Book Review- A Passion for Design

by Lee Mylchreest on 9 Dec 2011
A Passion for Design - the family have produced some of the world’s most famous yachts .. .

Looking for something really special for that yacht-mad sailor at Christmas? You can't go past the 200 page, spectacularly illustrated coffee table book, 'A Passion for Design.'

Germán Frers is one of the top names within an elite group of international yacht designers with Nautor Swan and Hallberg Rassy in the portfolio. Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering is also a design studio with a long family history.


The first design was hand-drawn by Germán Frers Snr in 1928 and since that time they have created more than 1,200 designs, from small dinghies to huge megayachts, production boats to huge investment America's Cup machines, custom-designed offshore cruisers and racers to advanced-technology power yachts.

Each one of their designs is imbued with the unique combination of Frers' design ingredients for success, and experience handed down over generations. When this is matched with advanced technology and concepts it explains why the Frers family have been so successful.

This lavish coffee table book, written by Barry Pickthall, former yachting correspondent for The Times, charts a six generation story of the Frers design dynasty, providing lines plans and photographs of all their major designs.

This is a wide range, from the well loved Nautor Swan and Hallberg Rassy production yachts all the way to individual race winners, other cruising designs and superyachts.

At over $170 the book is a little expensive, but doesn't that special sailor deserve it? It is available from http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au!Boat_Books_Australia, or you can purchase it online from South Atlantic Publishing by http://www.southatlanticpublishing.com/pfd_intro.htm!clicking_here.

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