The Story of Herreshoff S Class Sailboats and Their Remarkable First Owners


“Spectactular”  “Fantastic read”

“Compellingly written” “Enjoy the ride”

“A must-have book for every wooden boat lover”


This is a large format, “coffee table” book with eye-catching photos of Herreshoff S boats splashing through exciting races, maneuvering in close quarters, and in placid poses on their moorings. 

Photos by renowned nautical photographer, Cory Silken, capture these exhilarating yachts through on-board and aerial shots.

Long Island Sound Fleet ~~~ Quissett Fleet ~~~ Narragansett Bay Fleet ~~~ and other S boats

2017 Publication

With text by Alan Silken, Vice Commodore of the Narragansett Bay Herrehsoff S Class, this book takes the reader on a compelling journey through the history of the S boat, a journey that visits milestones in American society, politics, business, and social life. The S boat has been one of the most enduring and remarkable designs by America’s greatest yacht designer, Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Chapters are devoted to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, a biography of NG Herreshoff, the history of the S boat fleets and the yacht clubs that hosted them, as well as chapters on over 40 S boats and their early owners, all of whom were remarkable for their contributions to life in America.

The only comprehensive book devoted to these extraordinary yachts, this book is being published by Seapoint Press. This book project depends on pre-publication sales at a discounted price.

Pre-publication funding is also welcome and greatly appreciated to make this project happen. Please contact Alan Silken at absilken@gmail.com or 617-680-2470. Thanks!

  • You may now order books at the reduced pre-publication price of $89 each, or a dozen books for $1000.
  • Each pre-publication sale will come with an 8x12 color photo of the S boat of your choice.
  • After publication, the book will sell for $129 each, or a dozen books for $1500.
  • Options To order your copy are being developed and will appear here soon!