If you have any interest in working watercraft under sail, traditional boats, pilot cutters, maritime art, maritime history, commercial shipping, even how to sail a gaff rigger, this is the book to have. It is, quite simply, superb. In the interest of full disclosure the Cunliffes are friends, I have sailed with them on HIRTA (now CORNUBIA again) and WESTERNMAN, and I was given a copy. Irrespective of those perceived possible conflicts of interest, I rate this book as one of the finest maritime books I have seen in a long time. Only Martin Black's book on GL Watson (a much weightier tome) surpasses it. On the back PILOT CUTTERS is described by Captain Richard Woodman, Elder brother of Trinity House, as the "magisterial history of pilots and pilot cutters," and I can only concur. I am sorry that he used the word magisterial first because it conveys a level of excellence that is top of the line and I wanted to use it to describe this book which is, indeed, top of the line. The narrative.. Read more
Ginny Jones (Worked in the wooden boat industry for 40 years).