After his classic cutter became unfit for ocean sailing, Schwarzman decided to follow his dream and have a new custom-designed sailboat built out of wood. The experiences that followed make for a story as interesting as any sailing yarn. With clarity, warmth, and humor, he conveys the beauty of a naval architect's drawings and the scent of glue and sawdust as those plans take shape. This is a very real story of ordinary people who depend on capable professionals, but who also contribute their own values, ingenuity, and hard work. For those who have dreamed of building their own yacht at a cost equivalent to the off-the-shelf price of a production sailboat: this is how it's done. Features an appendix loaded with practical information, including the line drawings of the author's new sailboat, Anasazi, produced by the noted naval architect Chuck Paine.