Nobby Books

Interested to learn more about nobbies, those who built them, those who sailed them and those who restore them.  Check out the following publications for an insight into these remarkable boats, their heritage and why they are loved so much.

nobby-book'THE LANCASHIRE NOBBY' by Nick Miller
The definitive work on these handsome sailing trawlers.  Published in 2009 it contains a comprehensive history of the development of these unique fishing boats from the late 1800s. With more than one hundred and sixty illustrations including vintage photographs and line diagrams, the book comprises sixteen sections covering in great detail the design, construction, the builders, the costings, and the fishing ports around the Irish Sea. Important too, about the very interesting people who built them and those who used them.

Nick Miller brings his training in naval architecture to bear on this comprehensive history of the Lancashire Nobby. Some forty references, including our very own Nobby News (No.7 Sept 1990), provides authenticity and with a comprehensive glossary of terms, you can learn the language of these classic crafts.

Available from Amberley Publishing, a ref. ISBN 978 1 84868 490 4. Priced at £16.99 but a little birdie tells me that our Hon. Sec. may have a copy or two at the bargain price of £10.00 (first come first served).  An electronic version from is also available for £6.60. Whatever the price, this book is essential for any lover of these fine boats.

nobby-brush'My brush with a NOBBY' by David Wilson
This fascinating booklet published by our very own ex-president is a little gem to behold.  Plotting the history of the formation of the Nobby Owners Association and David's introduction to being the proud owner of a Nobby from the days of his indoctrination by the brother's Don and Michael Griffiths, stalwarts of our association, (Michael one of our honorary lifetime member). David has illustrated the booklet with paintings from his gallery of nobbies and kindred craft. Fourteen pages of pure Nobby nectar.

Another of David's booklets of interest to Nobby lovers is titled "Seabirds Nobbies & Myths" another beautifully illustrated insight into the world of these alluring craft. Includes painting of Nobbies in the famous 'Cockle Hole' on the River Mersey.  £10 + P&P.

These limited edition booklets are in high demand.  If you would like to buy one please contact David in the first instance, 0151 336 5656.

'Only So Many Tides' by Jon Wainwright
Out of print but pre-owned copies available from Amazon Books.
Jon Wainwright's love of the sea, and in particular for his boat "Deva", shines through cruising, racing and fishing in a traditional wooden boat over 38 years. His experience in organizing the best rig for the conditions is matched by his understanding of boat construction and the changes he implemented on "Deva". This is a lifetime adventure between man and boat with many trials and tribulations for both, capturing some of the best elements of traditional sail. The story moves through a backcloth of change from the area of Liverpool Docks to Felixstowe and the forging of strong links with Holland in joint classic boat events.

'"Janet": Restoration of a Victorian Yacht' by Jonathan Watson

Out of print but pre-owned copies available from Amazon Books.




"I Bought a Prawning Boat"
An interesting fictional boating story based around a Nobby.
On all accounts a very good read.