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American Classic—The Yachts and Ships of Jack Hargrave

Mike Joyce and Hargrave Custom Yachts have not only sponsored Westlawn’s 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee, but they’ve produced wonderful a new biography of Jack Hargrave, perhaps Westlawn’s most famous alumnus. Jack’s design work is legendary, and Marilyn Mower, the author, and the book’s designer Darcey McNiff Thompson, have given us: American Classic—The Yachts and Ships of Jack Hargrave. [Click here to see a photo gallery of Jack-Hargrave designs.]


Regularly $79.95, the book is on sale at a special price through Westlawn of just $75.00, and the proceeds go to the Hargrave scholarship fund for Westlawn. I can’t think of a better way to learn more about boat design and Jack Hargrave and to support Westlawn than to buy a copy. Our thanks to Mike Joyce, Marilyn Mower, and Darcey McNiff Thompson.



From the inside flap:

Jack Hargrave—The man who put America on the water!

More than 300 designs. More than 7,000 boats and ships.

            What Nat Herreshoff and the Stephens brothers are to sailing, Jack Hargrave is to the world of motor yachts—and then some! Hargrave’s genius lay in his ability to design every type of vessel and achieve success with any construction material. In 1959, he revolutionized the boating industry with the world’s first fiberglass convertible sportfisherman. In 1960 he rocked the world again with the first all-aluminum luxury yacht.

            In just 38 years Jack Hargrave and his team of designers, engineers and draftsman drew the lines that launched 7,000 yachts and ships: no other designer comes close and it is unlikely any other independent yacht designer ever will. A quiet man of great humility, Hargrave’s talent allowed him to conceive vessels as dissimilar as a 19-foot runabout, offshore racing boats, stern wheelers, military patrol boats, thousands of elegant yachts, and even a 691-foot integrated tug-barge.

            With Don Mucklow, Willis Slane, Dave Parker and a cast of Carolina boatbuilders – Hargrave created the greatest brand production boatbuilding has ever known – Hatteras Yachts. Hargrave’s ideas and style redefined America’s power boat industry and his ideas about solid, seakindly boats took root at 65 yards in 21 countries.

            Jack Hargrave – the dean of American naval architecture – was a man of intriguing contrasts. Although he designed yachts for the world’s elite, he never forgot his Midwest values, brown-bagged his lunches and hated the term megayacht.

            American Classic—The Yachts and Ships of Jack Hargrave introduces the reader to a true American success story and in so doing traces the richest chapter in the development of boating and commercial shipping the world has ever known.


224 pages, 334 photos, 75 yacht design profiles

Large format: 9” x 12-1/2” (23 x 32 cm)


Regularly $79.95, special Westlawn price: $75.00, plus shipping

Shipping: $8.00 U.S.; $12.50 Canada

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