Not the same as The Lad, but a lot of the same: a collection of essays and essays that have made a difference to the way people understand the history of boats.
In 2017, The Lad launched with an essay on the invention of the hulls and a series of essays that explored the role of technology in shaping the design of boats, the sea and the sea itself.
The new book follows in the tradition of the early books, but the authors are far more ambitious.
They are tackling topics from the history and legacy of sailing, from sailing ships to sailboats, from the first steam powered ships to modern designs.
They have also written about the changing roles of women in sailing, their role in the industry and the relationship between gender and technology.
The authors acknowledge the challenge of making their books relevant to the modern world, which is always changing.
“This book is really an attempt to capture the essence of what sailing is today,” says Peter Cottrell, a member of the Institute of Contemporary Studies, University of Plymouth.
“The aim is to get the most out of our own minds and to make our own sense of the past and the present, and to try and make sense of how it all started and what happened to it.”
On the other hand, the authors have also had to tackle some thorny issues.
“When we started out, sailing was all about the sail,” says Cottrel.
“But now, we see how the technology of modern sailing is transforming and changing the way we see sailing and the way it works.”
On one hand, they have tried to make the book accessible to younger readers, by giving them the opportunity to watch the documentary The Sea Is Blue.
But this is something that may not work.
In the first half of the book, the author does not explain what he calls the “technology-as-science” argument.
Some people have suggested that because it’s a historical record, the book could be seen as an attack on the Enlightenment, which was an attempt by a certain generation of Europeans to re-write the books of scripture.
But Cottell says this is not the case.
“I have a very strong view that the Enlightenment was a very successful and important experiment, it was an experiment in the development of technology and human understanding, and it has been quite successful,” he says.
“There are some who argue that because sailing was not yet invented, we are not really doing anything with the technology that we have today.
But it’s not the end of the world if we do something with the knowledge that we are now creating.”
He says he is still “definitely open to the idea of people reading the books in the same way they read the stories in the Bible, and reading the same kind of stories and then changing them for the better”.
“There’s a certain sense of entitlement in a lot, and that’s what I try to tackle with this book,” he adds.
This article originally appeared on The Lad.