"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.
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 draftsmen 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 run-about,off shore racing boats, stern wheelers, military patrol boats, thousands of elegant yachts, and even a 691-foot integrated tug-barge.