We gave our son the book "Perry on Yacht Design" - it's a great read. I managed a third of it before wrapping and now read it as I can when we are at their place.
Lots of good stories about the various designs, promoters, builders across North America and in the Orient.
A great book to have laying about for those slow moments.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)