Created: 05 Jan 2011 15:14
Updated: 06 Feb 2018 14:16

Come in and browse

We warmly encourage members to come in and browse – particularly on a Tuesday evening when you are most likely to find it open and the Librarian at work.

To Borrow a Book

If there is no one about, you will find instructions on how to find a book and how to borrow a book in the Sign Out Shelf in the right-hand bookcase. There is a Blue Folder which contains a printout of the Catalogue and a brown Borrowing Log where you can record the book you wish to borrow. The Club has a small but comprehensive collection of specialist books on all aspects of boats and boating. Some of these books have been in the Club's possession since its foundation in 1926 and make fascinating reading; whilst some are the latest publications.

To Buy a Book  

Can't get into the Club to borrow a book, visit our book reviews page and buy from our Amazon Store. Click on the BUY FROM AMAZON green box and continue shopping on Amazon.

Can't see what you want, browse the catalogues of some of the Club's favourite publishers. Some of them are offering discounts to members. 




IMRAY      who are are offering Club members 25% discount:

Categories and their Contents

The Catalogue is divided into nine different sections. All books from these sections can be borrowed for 4 weeks without charge. 

Reviews and Reviewers

The library receives a steady supply of new books from publishers who like to see reviews of their new publications. The reviews published on the website also act as a quasi on-line catalogue. If you would like to become one of our reviewers, email

Gifts and Donations

We rarely buy books. Our stock comes to us through the kindness and generosity of our members, who are downsizing, maritime institutions and marine publishers. We would like to recognise the contribution made by Bloomsbury Press (part of Adlard Coles Publications), Imray, Fernhurst Books and Whittles Publishing.  Most recently Tim and Anne Bizzey have donated some of their collection of cruising guides to Scotland and the North East of England.

This year the Library has benefited from a bequest from the estate of Marten Van Mesdag, which included his collection of books on historic boats and boat building on the US East Coast, the gift of a magnificent copy of the Americas Cup Designs 1851-1989 by Ian Bucknell of London, and The Cruising Guide to Narrangansett Bay by Dave McConnell of New England .  Earlier benefactors have been John Hanford of Berkshire, Mr Bob Taylor of Lincolnshire,


We are very happy to make our archive of older books available in the Club house for research both to members and also to non-members.  In the past this resource has been used by television broadcasters, writers and marine institutions.

The Team

Deborah Wheeler, Hon Librarian.

Currently recruiting helpers for one-off or regular tasks.  Some of which can be done on-line, some can involve an occasional afternoon in the Library