Historic Publication

The life of legendary naval architect Jack Hargrave parallels the rich history of American boating, and it is through this meticulously researched and carefully designed publication, American Classic - The Yachts & Ships of Jack Hargrave, that you will see just how intricately the two are intertwined. 224 pages, 334 photographs and illustrations, and 75 yacht designs cover over a century of history beginning with the strong Midwestern roots of Hargrave and ending with his death in 1996. The marine timeline includes his days as a boat captain from the tender age of 17, his work with the Rybovich brothers, his pioneering use of fiberglass and aluminum in boat building, his designs with famed builders such as Burger and Stephens, as well as nearly every Hatteras from 1960 until 1996, and the stamp he left on the marine industry at large.

This historical publication not only describes a thriving and successful naval design firm that forever changed the face of yachting, but it also gives the reader a rare glimpse into the personal life of Hargrave. The same determined and self-disciplined man who helped launch a timeless tradition of motor yachting in America was also a husband, father and mentor. His unmistakable sense of humor combined with a rare humility and work ethic was the perfect balance for his many years of hard work. This rich narrative unfolds through the memories of those closest to Jack Hargrave, and it is through their provocative descriptions and insights that his integrity and talent is most evident.

About the Author:

With a career in marine journalism spanning 28 years, Marilyn Mower, who proudly shares Jack Hargrave's Midwest roots, is a former offshore yacht racer and an expert in the field of large custom yachts. She is co-author/editor of The Megayacht Century , a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Yacht Design , and editor of Caribbean Cuisine: A Culinary Voyage . Marilyn Mower and her husband reside aboard a boat named Southern Cross and live wherever interest and fair winds take them.


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