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Seaward Born
Lea Wait
0689848609
July 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-In 1805 Charleston, Michael, 13, escapes from slavery. After stowing away on a ship bound for Boston, he runs afoul of a sailor who would like to turn him in for reward money. He moves on to Maine, but even there the risk of discovery is high, so he finally heads for true freedom in Canada. Resourceful and self-assured, Michael relies on the help of fair-minded men and on the advice he recalls from his deceased parents. His skills as a cook and as a seaman also serve him well on more than one occasion. The smoothly told story presents several scenarios faced by African Americans in the early 1800s, both through the teen's experiences and those of people he talks to. The decision to leave Charleston is not an easy one, as he weighs safety and security against his wish to "make a life." His struggles...


The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat

0939837668


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Linda Ridihalgh, Editor, Living Aboard Magazine
It's straight talk from a liveaboard sailor who made the mistakes so you won't have to.

Midwest Book Review - October 2004
An absolute "must-have" for anyone considering making a boat one's permanent dwelling.

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Sailing Alone Around the World (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Joshua Slocum
1593083033
September 2005
Paperback
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The Wanderer
Sharon Creech
0064410323
Apr 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
"I am not always such a dreamy girl, listening to the sea calling me. My father calls me Three-sided Sophie: one side is dreamy and romantic; one is logical and down-to-earth; and the third side is hardheaded and impulsive."

Thirteen-year-old Sophie, skipping between "dreamland or earthland or muleland," hears the sea calling her. Much to the concern of her adopted parents, she decides to join her uncles and male cousins on a sailing voyage from Connecticut across the Atlantic to England (and her grandfather Bompie) on a 45-foot sailboat. Not only does she want to make the trip, she feels she has to.

This perilous cross-Atlantic journey will make young readers feel the wind in their hair and the salt spray on their face. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons) describes the sailing experience with...



Sailing Alone Around the World [UNABRIDGED]

1400100755


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New York Times, August 1995
...a literate and absorbing yarn published in 1900 and still in print....His story is a convincing tale of the intelligence, skill and fortitude that drove a master navigator. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
When Joshua Slocum sailed alone around the world, he traveled in good company. He found himself particularly well suited to the adventure. While Slocum relished the companionship he found in port, he was equally at peace when alone on the face of the deep. The secret to his successful voyage? "I made companions with what was around me." Alan Sklar's warm, unhurried reading conveys the author's genial practicality and the good humor with which he approached the wonders and challenges of three years and forty thousand...


Sailing
Henry Beard
0761123873
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the funniest books ever published on its subject -- Sailing, The New York Times bestseller, is back. And better than ever. A classic, Sailing, is "...quite simply the funniest book I have ever read" (William F. Buckley Jr.)
From Ahoy -- "The first in a series of four-letter words commonly exchanged by skippers as their boats approach each other" -- to Zephyr --"A warm, pleasant breeze named after the mythical Greek god of wishful thinking, false hopes, and unreliable forecasts"-- it brings new meaning to the things said at sea.

From the Inside Flap
sailing the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense.

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Sailing Fundamentals
Gary Jobson
0743273087
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Published under the pennants of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sailing Fundamentals is an excellent guide for novice sailors ready to get their feet wet. This comprehensive manual helps beginners learn basic sailing and coastal cruising with step-by-step instructions for everything from hoisting the sail to docking. Written with clear prose by Gary Jobson--tactician aboard the 1977 America's Cup-winning Courageous--Sailing Fundamentals is specially designed to help sailors qualify for ASA certification--essential if you wish to charter a boat.

Necessary reading for novice sailors--and an excellent reference for intermediate to advanced sailors. --M. Stein --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Hungry Ocean
Linda Greenlaw
0786885416
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
The term fisherwoman does not exactly roll trippingly off the tongue, and Linda Greenlaw, the world's only female swordfish boat captain, isn't flattered when people insist on calling her one. "I am a woman. I am a fisherman... I am not a fisherwoman, fisherlady, or fishergirl. If anything else, I am a thirty-seven-year-old tomboy. It's a word I have never outgrown." Greenlaw also happens to be one of the most successful fishermen in the Grand Banks commercial fleet, though until the publication of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, "nobody cared." Greenlaw's boat, the Hannah Boden, was the sister ship to the doomed Andrea Gail, which disappeared in the mother of all storms in 1991 and became the focus of Junger's book. The Hungry Ocean, Greenlaw's account of a monthlong swordfishing trip over 1,000 nautical miles...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Boating and Sailing, Third Edition

1592573231


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Book Description
Revised and updated—don’t leave the dock without it! Here is an excellent overview of both power boating and sailing that focuses on the techniques shared by both. Solid material any boater will need to know on buying a boat and the cost of ownership, marine power and motors, technology and weather, safety, navigation, and boat handling—as well as expanded coverage on sailing and a brand new chapter on personal watercraft—this is the only boating book to own.

Download Description
You're no idiot, of course. You can recite dialogue from every episode of Gilligan's Island, cook a delicious gourmet fish dinner, and even bait your own hook without feeling squeamish. But when it comes to boating, you don't know the bow from the stern. Don't abandon ship yet!...


Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 64th Edition : The Boating World's Most Respected Reference, Completely Updated & Revised with New Charts, Photographs & ... Seamanship and Small Boat Handling)
Elbert S. Maloney
1588160890
September 28, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This new edition of the classic reference used by boating schools and recommended by the Coast Guard Auxiliary covers every imaginable topic related to both powerboats and sailing ships, from emergency procedures and international signals at sea, to weather conditions, knots, navigation and much more. This heavy dose of information is presented in an easy-to-understand text and a user-friendly design that features sidebars, color and b&w illustrations, maps, etc. While the scope of the book may be more than a casual boater needs, the author assumes many readers are novices. For example, he says, "Among the most important of all piloting tools are ordinary pencils and erasers. Pencils should be neither too hard nor too soft ." More experienced sailors might know this, but a weekend boater may not think to bring...


The Last Voyage of the Lucette
Douglas Robertson
1574092065
Mar 2005
Paperback
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The Nautical Magazine, April 2005
A fantastic read and thoroughly recommended. I could not believe what I was reading!

Book Description
Douglas Robertson has taken his father's classic book, Survive the Savage Sea, as his starting point. On board their 43-foot schooner, Lucette, the Robertson family set sail from the south of England in January 1971 - in June 1972, Lucette was holed by killer whales and sank in the Pacific Ocean. Four adults and two children survived the next 38 days adrift, first in a rubber life raft, then crammed into a 9-foot fiberglass dinghy, before being rescued by a passing Japanese fishing vessel. This is the story of the 18-month voyage of the Lucette, across the Atlantic, around the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific, and how the family...


The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Seven Unforgettable Stories
Christopher Caswell (Editor)
1592283195
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

For thousands of years, man has sailed into battle, sailed for rumored wealth, and sailed for pure adventure. And for nearly as long, stories about the sea have entertained, intrigued, and inspired readers. The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told brings together some of the most compelling writing of the millennium. Here is Peter Goss's wrenching narrative of incredible courage in the world's most desolate ocean; Ernest Shackleton's understated and awesome account of one of the most daring small-boat journeys ever taken, where failure meant certain death for his long-suffering crew. But sailing is much more than headlong dashes into roaring seas. You'll also find William F. Buckley Jr. on idyllic cruising; James Thurber on the arcane and often impenetrable language of sailors; the legendary Joshua Slocum on sailing...


The American Practical Navigator: "Bowditch"
Nathaniel Bowditch, National Imagery and Mapping Agency
0939837544
September 25, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a new edition of The American Practical Navigator, "Bowditch," offered by Celestaire and Paradise Cay Publications. This new edition is the most recent update of Bowditch, the definitive work on navigation. Nathanial Bowditch first published this encyclopedic work in 1802. During the last two centuries over 75 editions, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch have been published by the US Government. It has lived because it has combined the best technologies of each generation of navigator. This new Bicentennial Edition includes the latest advances in electronic navigation and digital charting technology. It also covers nonelectronic navigation such as celestial, plotting and dead reckoning. Bowditch contains numerous tables which have been valued for years by practicing navigators. Bowditch is carried on the...


The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing
David Seidman
0070571317
March 1995
Paperback
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Review
Cruising World : ``A real winner.#.#.A masterful blend of straightforward text with delightful and instructive illustrations. Quite simply a great primer on sailing and the world of boats for readers of all ages.''
WoodenBoat : ``An introductory book with heart; i.e., the traditional arts of the sailor are emphasized over `launch her and drive her'; excellent illustrations.''

WoodenBoat
"An introductory book with heart; i.e., the traditional arts of the sailor are emphasized over 'launch her and drive her'; excellent illustrations."

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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea
Thomas Cahill
0385495544
July 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Dukakis makes an oddly fine match for this learned, accessible and occasionally glib survey of early Greek culture and its contributions to Western civilization. While her gruff Boston accent may seem like a strange match for a historical work, it suits this text, which moves fluidly between quoting Sappho on one page and referring to the gods as keeping something "on the QT" on another. Indeed, Cahill's project aims not merely to explain the Greeks, but to enliven them. In an effort to take them off their crumbling pedestals and make a modern audience appreciate them as a complex people struggling to comprehend and improve their world, he quotes passages from well-known Greek works and writes comfortably and unassumingly in a colloquial, contemporary style. Perhaps this is why Dukakis fits right in. As an...


The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge: 420 Sea-Tested Rules of Thumb for Almost Every Boating Situation
John Vigor
0070674752
February 1, 1994
Paperback
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Review
Boating : ``Some of the stuff in this 242-page volume is useful. . .all of it is snake-eye fascinating.''
Dockside : ``Opening [this book] is. . .like opening a can of salty nuts. I can't resist just a little more before putting it away.''
Lakeland Boating : ``Vigor successfully combines fun and function in a dictionary-style resource that is eminently readable. . .[It] is tough to put down.''

Lakeland Boating
"Vigor successfully combines fun and function in a dictionary-style resource that is eminently readable... [It] is tough to put down."

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Stanley, Flat Again!
Jeff Brown
0064421732
Jan 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-Stanley Lambchop returns for another adventure that began in Flat Stanley (1964) and continued in Stanley and the Magic Lamp (1996) and Invisible Stanley (1996, all HarperCollins). Stanley has become flat again, and when his little brother tries to inflate him with a basketball pump, it hurts too much to continue. In the episodic plot, the boy is diagnosed by Dr. Dan, participates as a sail in a sailboat race, and executes a dangerous rescue in a collapsed building that only he in his flatness can attempt. Perky black-and-white cartoon art continues the humorous, upbeat tone set by the text. Given the appeal of this popular character, Stanley will expand early chapter-book collections.Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MICopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers...


New Complete Sailing Manual
Steve Sleight
0756609445
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The New Complete Sailing Manual is undisputedly the most essential reference for sailing instructors and students. From learning the basics of sailing to learning navigation and boat care, this is the perfect book for anyone interested in sailing.

About the Author
Steve Sleight taught himself to sail at the age of 10 and was teaching others by the age of 14. He is an experienced author, broadcaster, and has written extensively on sailing. He is also the author of the KISS Guide to Sailing.


Sailing Alone around the World
Joshua Slocum
1590302664
August 2005
Hardcover
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Sailing Alone Around the Room
Billy Collins
0375755195
Sept 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection hit the front page of the New York Times its first time out of the blocks in 1999, as the University of Pittsburgh Press, Collins's longtime publisher, denied Random the rights to the poems as the poet tried to jump ship. The two houses and Collins's agent, Chris Calhoun (Dan Menaker is Collins's editor at Random), later worked out a deal that gave Pitt a few more months to ride Picnic, Lightning (1998) and Collins's other books without this culling treading on its sales. As it now appears, the book includes 23 poems from Picnic, more than from any of Collins's previous three books included here. (Work from the early Video Poems and Pokerface is absent.) Collins's poems are generally conveyed by a speaker whose genial, highly literate analogue of earnestness perfectly produces...


Ashley Book of Knots
Clifford Ashley
0385040253
June 21, 1944
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinner on the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly lost today. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.


Two Years Before the Mast & Other Voyages
Richard Henry Dana
1931082839
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume collects three sea-going travel narratives by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., that span 25 years of maritime history, from the age of sail to the age of steam.

Suffering from persistent weakness in his eyes, Dana left Harvard at age 19 and sailed from Boston in 1834 as a common seaman. Two Years Before the Mast (1840) is the classic account of his voyages around Cape Horn and time ashore in California in the decade before the Gold Rush. Written with an unprecedented realism that challenged the romanticism of previous maritime literature, Dana's narrative vividly portrays the daily routines and hardships of life at sea, the capriciousness and brutality of merchant ship captains and officers, and the beauty and danger of the southern oceans in winter. Included in an appendix is "Twenty-Four Years...


Before the Wind: True Stories about Sailing
David Gowdey
0070237565
February 1994
Paperback
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Review
Bay & Delta Yachtsman : ``Even if you're not a sailor, you'll love these classic sea tales. I couldn't put this book down.''
The Ensign : ``It would take many hours of intense research to find better true stories than those Gowdey has chosen.''

The Ensign
"It would take many hours of intense research to find better true stories than those Gowdey has chosen."

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World Cruising Routes
Jimmy Cornell, Jimmy Cornell
007140869X
August 1, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This newly updated, comprehensive cruising guide to all the world's oceans is a valuable reference for cruising sailors and armchair dreamers. More than 500 sailing routes are detailed, including 40 new routes to such high-latitude destinations as Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and Antarctica. The book includes 150 pages of two-color maps, updated GPS coordinates for navigation, and route-by-route descriptions of weather and hazards.

From the Back Cover

World Cruising Routes is a comprehensive guide to nearly 1000 sailing routes covering all the oceans of the world, from the tropical South Seas to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic. The book is geared specifically to the needs of cruising sailors and contains essential information on winds,...



Sailing for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us
J.J. J. Isler
076455039X
January 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Attention landlubbers: If you don't know your port from your starboard, tacking from jibing, then you need to experience clear sailing with the Dummies. With the usual cargo of good humor and demystifying tone, this mast in the Dummies armada lifts the fog on confusing nautical language, teaches the basics about maneuvering a sailboat from dock to open ocean, floats important safety information, and offers advice and info on a variety of related issues (knots, racing, sailboards, how to buy a sailboat). Whether you want to learn to sail or just talk like a sailor, Sailing for Dummies is your anchor to life on the water.

Book Description
Sailing has played a crucial role in the growth and development of the world as we know it. But even in today’s high-tech, fast-paced world,...


Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors
Nigel Calder, Nigel Calder
0071350993
May 7, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat Whether you're a coastal or offshore cruiser, you'll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising in Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, -- walks you through all key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment, providing you with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable sailing. The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior lay-outs and...


First You Have to Row a Little Boat
Richard Bode
0446670030
June 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Bode ( Blue Sloop at Dawn ) uses his great love of sailing as a metaphor for the tides of life. Describing his own introduction to sailing at age 12, he stresses the importance of mastering the simple, small things before attempting more complicated actions. Later the author purchases a blue sloop, matures and, as a grown man with children, decides to sell the sloop and sail into new, uncharted waters, assuming he will never forget the many important lessons the boat taught him. Other themes include complacency ("Going with the Wind"), confusion ("Fogbound"), forgiveness ("A Forgiving Boat"), and violence ("A Lazy Sailor at Heart"). Determinedly inspirational, this book will appeal to admirers of Robert Fulghum et al. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


A Voyage for Madmen
Peter Nichols
0060957034
June 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In the psychedelic summer of 1968, as Apollo 8 soared toward the moon and the Democratic Convention crashed in Chicago, nine men tried finally to accomplish the sailor's age-old ultimate goal: a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the world. Nichols (Sea Change) deftly introduces myriad aspects of a voyage that promised "dubious, unquantifiable" rewards. He insightfully contextualizes the endeavor as an offshoot of Sir Francis Chichester's famous 1967 solo circumnavigation (with one stop), which represented to England a "longed-for" heroism. Detailing the British media's successful exploitation of the so-called race, he approaches the voyage as the remarkable result of nine men wishing to outdo Chichester. Nichols painstakingly describes the enormous difficulty of solo navigation in the pre-global positioning...


Chapman Piloting: Seamanship & Boat Handling (Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling)
Elbert S. Maloney, Charles Frederic Chapman
0688168906
December 1999
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
When Chapman Piloting lands on your doorstep--all 656 pages of it--it's easy to feel daunted. Have faith, sailor. Now in its 63rd edition, Charles Frederic Chapman's masterpiece is a boater's bible. Indeed, one Amazon.com customer raves, "if you could take a class called Boating 101, this would be the textbook." It's more than just a basic text, however; it's a complete curriculum of nautical knowledge, from knots to navigation, docking to distress calls, plus etiquette, protocol, and terminology for powerboaters and sailors alike. Accessible to the beginner, Chapman Piloting is an essential reference for even the most experienced sailor. A necessary component of any nautical library. Highly recommended. --M. Stein


Your First Sailboat: How to Find and Sail the Right Boat for You
Daniel Spurr
0071422161
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The first comprehensive sailing start-up kit for adult learners Your First Sailboat is the only book that puts entry-level sailboat selection, use, maintenance, and lifestyle issues all in one place for new sailors who happen to discover this wonderful sport as adults. This book answers questions that other books don't even think to ask: Can a keelboat tip over? Can I take a centerboard boat onto open water? What's a fair price to pay for the boat I want? Can I trailer a keelboat? How do I make this boat move? How do I make it stop moving? How do I take care of it? This complete guide for the beginning sailor: Offers authoritative advice on choosing a sailboat Provides decision trees to guide the reader to the perfect starter boat Discusses lake vs. ocean boats, family day sailing vs. racing, and more Answers...


The Annapolis Book of Seamanship : Third Edition, Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated
John Rousmaniere, Mark Smith
0684854201
October 1, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
First launched in 1983, Annapolis remains the sailor's bible, a comprehensive chapter and verse guide to all aspects of seamanship from the simplest ABC's to the most advanced skills and latest electronics. And while much of the original edition has been left in dry dock to make way for the many changes on the water since 1983--like multihull vessels, satellite tracking, and the reality that while all ships remain "she," there is no longer the assumption that it's a "he" at the helm--Rousmaniere still emphasizes what he's stressed from the first tack: the importance of mastering sailing's fundamentals. This means knowing every inch of your boat and how to handle her, understanding the importance of safety on the seas and preparing for all emergencies, reading the weather, learning to navigate, knowing essential boat...


World Cruising Essentials : The Boats, Gear, and Practices That Work Best at Sea
Jimmy Cornell
0071414258
February 6, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
This comprehensive third volume in Jimmy Cornell's acclaimed and successful World Cruising series is the ultimate authority on boats, gear, and techniques for long-distance cruising under sail. Distilled from surveys of 15,000 sailors by the world's leading promoter of blue-water voyaging, it answers in detail the most frequently asked questions on world cruising, including what boats people are sailing, what navigation and seamanship practices work best, what equipment is really essential, and more.

From the Back Cover

"No one should think of setting off around the world without first consulting Jimmy Cornell's works."--Practical Boat Owner

World Cruising Essentials is a unique book that presents a comprehensive overview of the current world...



Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates (Harvest Book)
David Cordingly
0156005492
September 15, 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Though literature, films, and folklore have romanticized pirates as gallant seaman who hunted for treasure in exotic locales, David Cordingly, a former curator at the National Maritime Museum in England, reveals the facts behind the legends of such outlaws as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Calico Jack. Even stories about buried treasure are fictitious, he says, yet still the myth remains. Though pirate captains were often sadistic villains and crews endured barbarous tortures, were constantly threatened with the possibility of death by hanging, drowning in a storm, or surviving a shipwreck on a hostile coast, pirates are still idealized. Cordingly examines why the myth of the romance of piratehood endures and why so few lived out their days in luxury on the riches they had plundered. --This text refers to the...

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