Luke Powell


Winner of a Mountbatten Maritime Award 2013 ‘For the infectious enthusiasm he brings to the understanding of traditional sailing boats through his involvement with design, his boat-building skills and his seamanship. The book is beautifully illustrated, and the text conveys the deep sense of satisfaction experienced whenever a boat takes to the water.’ 

Beginning in the early 1990s, Luke Powell has almost single-handedly pioneered a revival in the building of traditional pilot cutters. Happily, he also has a flair for storytelling, both when looking back over a rich if unconventional life lived to the full, and when describing the long struggle to win acceptance for the wooden boats on which he established his reputation as a boat builder. A book celebrating Luke Powell’s influence on boat building has long been overdue, and Working Sail will delight all those who love boats and the sea, or for whom the spirit of adventure is not yet dead.

Large format hardback
240 pages illustrated with over 400 photographs, diagrams and plans
ISBN 978-0-9573119-6-1

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