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.
My wife gave me that book for Christmas. It's loaded with some great info and insight. His way of explaining design elements/issues is about the best there is. I keep it and Dan Spurr's Heart of Glass close by at all times.