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PROJECT: Book Design

BRIEF: A personal project, conceived as a surprise gift of memories to my husband, Joe, who built our sailboat, I began gathering photos and details of the building and sailing of this wonderful vessel over several decades, and this is the book that finally emerged.

SOLUTION: The blurb describing this book says it all:

“First you fall in love with a sailboat while working in American Samoa. Then you build a shop so you can build your own version of that boat out of cold-molded wood—and then finally, you really do sail away with her to the South Pacific—twice. Here is that true story told—primarily through photos—of one U.S. Documented wooden sailing vessel named Shanachie, a New Zealand design by Paul Whiting that was originally built in California by her owner. Also included are some of the memorable adventures and magical journeys throughout the Pacific that Shanachie has provided the McKeown family over the several decades of their shared life together. This is the story of one man’s dream come true.”

The book is a condensed version of the accompanying website at (also designed and developed by me!) and is available for purchase or as an instant PDF download at the following link: Shanachie | A Wooden Boat Story

  • Client: Personal Project
  • Skillset: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Pre-press, copy writing
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