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Fernhurst Books was founded in 1979, publishing books related to dinghy racing. The list soon expanded to include cruising and other watersports.

In 2006, the business was sold to John Wiley who changed its name to Wiley Nautical.

In 2013 a group of sailing enthusiasts (including the original founder) bought the Wiley Nautical list and Fernhurst name back from John Wiley, once again creating an independent nautical publishers owned and run by sailors.

We continue to publish books that instruct, inform and inspire those with a passion on, in or under the water.  Our 140 titles range from how-to guides to narrative to coffee-table books and cover sailing, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, swimming, diving and fishing.