Yachting has a long history and yacht racing actually began in the late 1800’s.
Yachting Wrinkles; A Practical And Historical Handbook Of Valuable Information For The Racing And Cruising Yachtsman by A J Kenealy and published in 1899 details the early beginnings of the sport of Yacht racing and is still by today’s standards a wonderfully well written and engaging book.
While the basics of yachting are included in this book, including types of yachts and rules and regulations of the sport, there are also some very interesting chapters that while dated may prove to be valuable content for history and yachting buffs. These chapters include Etiquette of yachting, insurance, and the cost of yachting. Can you imagine paying your captain $25 to win a race?
In addition to some wonderful history on yachting as well as a very articulate explanation of the sport of yachting, Yachting Wrinkles offers a wealth of images – around 80. Some of these images are of large yachts on expansive rolling seas while others are more detailed images of the inner workings of yachts.
Removing these images from the copy in the book – you could repurpose them in any number of products. Take them to a printer to have them enlarged to make prints and lithographs. Use the images for a coffee table book on the history of yacht racing or use them as graphics for other products like playing cards, t-shirts, totes, pillows and calendars.
You can add to your collection of public domain yacht photos by simply visiting archives.org and searching their text files for the keyword “yacht”. You’ll find around 140 results, many of which also have wonderful yachting images.
The text of Yachting Wrinkles can be modified to update some of the information or it can be kept as is for its nostalgic and historical value.
Yachting definitely has a narrow niche, not too many people can afford it, so to market to this group of people you’ll need to put together a spectacular product.
On the other hand, a book full of yachting images lets those who cannot, dream and live vicariously through the images. In short, Yachting Wrinkles offers an abundance of opportunity to create profitable and professional quality products.