Dias, Antonio. Designer and Client, Eight Boat Design Commissions, from Kayak to Cruiser. Brooklin, ME: WoodenBoat Publications, 1998. ISBN 9780937822517.
Written by one of the instructors for this class, this book discusses the relationship of designer and client in the development of design.
Herreshoff, L. Francis. Capt. Nat Herreshoff, the Wizard of Bristol. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Sheridan House, Inc, 1996. ISBN 9781574090048.
Explains the design methods developed by N. G. Herreshoff.
———. The Common Sense of Yacht Design, Vols 1 and 2. New York, NY: The Rudder Publishing Company, 1946.
Classic text on boat design.
Chapelle, Howard I. American Small Sailing Craft, Their Design, Development, and Construction. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 1951 ISBN: 9780393031430.
Catalog of traditional American workboats, detailing their development and uses.
Skene, Norman L. Elements of Yacht Design. New York, NY: Kennedy Bros., Inc, 1927.
Several editions exist, as this book was constantly updated for contemporary designers.
Stephens, W. P. Traditions and Memories of American Yachting. Camden, ME: International Marine Publishing Company, 1981.
Compendium of articles by W. P. Stephens published in the 1930s and 40s, some of which detail the development of yacht design science and development from the mid to late 19th century.