"London Goes To Sea" is Peter J. Baumgartner's candid and captivating account of restoring an ageing fibreglass sailing boat over the course of four years and then introducing it to his native New England waters. His precise records illustrate every trial and triumph of the restoration process, and his careful attention to errors made along the way provides crucial insight for anyone considering a similar project. His writing combines the best elements of a brisk, entertaining narrative and a thoroughly practical handbook, making for a truly unique story that embraces every experience of the coastal sailor. His unflagging joy and enthusiasm for his old Cape Dory shine through on every page.
Peter J. Baumgartner grew up in New Jersey, but at age 10 he moved with his family to England. Their 5 day ocean voyage made a lasting impression, and he has since been powerfully drawn to the sea. When he finally bought his own boat, a neglected 1977 Cape Dory 27, he named it London.