What a great book. I bought my copy at a flea market about 10 years ago and paid about $3 for it. He did a follow up book (I've forgotten the title, but it was something like "The Proper Yacht, Vol. 2") that I also have (forgot how I obtained that one). I didn't find the second book as much fun as the first; probably because it focussed on fiberglass boats of a vintage that did not excite me that much. As I recall, the first book profiled only one fiberglass boat, the Allied Seabreeze (a boat I find particularly fetching).
That book shows up in flea markets for good reason. Its a total bucket of crap. When I was a beginner, I'm embarrassed to admit that I was conned into buying a copy. Ended up using it for fire starter in my wood stove, to eliminate the chance of some sucker believing it. It is entirely a preaching of "Style over substance" priorities .
No, a storm at sea is NOT a "Fashion show". Nor is the chance of colliding with floating debris. Nor are the consequences of hitting a container on a foggy night , nor a grounding on a lee shore. Seamanship is about safety , not a "fashion show". Seamanship is NOT following Bobs advice to go light and flimsy for that extra quarter knot, and just hope "Cosmic Karma " will save you, and if your boat is pretty , karma wouldn't dare sink you.
Bieser was the victim of his own foolishness when he sailed his very pretty and super complex yacht to mid Atlantic , where she started taking on water . He ran around closing the huge number of thru hulls but couldn't get them all closed in time to stop her from sinking. No, the beautiful teak decks and beautiful bright work didn't discourage reality form sinking her. So much for that theory!
Someone who has been thus proven so foolish, is not a good source of advice on cruising boat priorities!