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Each issue typically describes six designs and includes:
• Quality reproductions of the designers' original drawings
• Complete hull lines for most boats
• Full particulars, including calculated performance ratios
• Designers' addresses and phone numbers
• Succinct design commentary
BDQ describes plans for paddle, oar, power, and sail. The boats come from the boards of Atkin, Benford, Bolger, Chapelle, Gartside, Gillmer, Oughtred, Stambaugh, Stephens, and many other leading designers, past and present.
To date Boat Design Quarterly has featured over two hundred designs of small boats for sail and power, including canoes, pulling boats, sailing dinghies, weekenders and day boats, cruisers for sail and power, trimarans and catamarans. These now constitute a valuable resource for small boat designers, students and for those enthusiasts just interested in small boats, their design and their designers. Nearly all the back issues are available as new.
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Praise for Boat Design Quarterly
Good reading! BDQ is a revival of the golden age when some editors supposed that some readers were interested in the conception process as an art form. --Philip C. Bolger, boat designer and author (1927-2009)
"Boat Design Quarterly is published as often as possible by BDQ Publications. " - Mike O'Brien.
Editor and Publisher, Mike O'Brien, who is shown above right.
At the age of three, Mike first climbed aboard a skiff, and at seven he taught himself how to sail by reading instructions
found in the family encyclopaedia. As a college student, he rowed in "eights” and went undefeated during three years of
surf-boat rowing competition along the New Jersey shore. After earning a degree in physics, Mike pursued graduate work in oceanography. Later, while serving as Chairman of Marine Sciences at a small college in Virginia, he filled his long vacations by designing and building boats (up to 26’) in his one-man shop.
Mike worked as Associate Editor for Sailor magazine and Technical Editor for Soundings during the 1980s.
For the past twenty years, he has been Senior Editor for WoodenBoat magazine. His boats and articles have appeared in
many publications, including Cruising World, Small Boat Journal, and Soundings. In his spare time he writes and publishes
Boat Design Quarterly. A registered Maine Guide, he teaches sailing and kayaking at the WoodenBoat School.
Mike is now the Boat Design Editor for WoodenBoat. This position allows him to devote additional time to that
magazine’s Designs section and Boat Design Quarterly now appears more frequently.