there's one book I'd like to see in my Christmas
stocking, it's the
Boater's Pocket Reference.
It's compact--just the right size for a sea bag,
and gives the lowdown on virtually every boating
topic imaginable from knot tying, boat handling,
navigation, charting, GPS, and much more.
We have a copy at the counter on display, and
can't stop looking at it; we find something new
every time we look.
staffer Diana Jessie has more years of boating
and world cruising experience than twenty of us
put together. We were thrilled to see the
second edition of her book,
Cruising Women's Advisor, added a
new chapter on powerboat cruising to supplement
her sage advise on how to prepare for the
cruising life. Be more than just a good
Celebrate the lives and times of two outstanding
naval architects. With the passing
of Olin Stephens, the world lost one of the
greatest designers of all time. Read about
his amazing life in his own words in
All This and Sailing, Too.
Always opinionated and entertaining, Robert
Perry revolutionized the cruising world with the
Valiant 40 and continues to offer insight on
design in his inimitable way in
Yacht Design According to Perry.
|| Enjoy a
good mystery? Bestselling author Linda
Greenlaw (featured in The Perfect Storm)
offers a skillfully penned mystery filled with
off-the-wall eccentric characters in
sailor's worst nightmare makes a gripping story
Left for Dead.
Author Nick Ward
survived against all the odds after he was
abandoned, unconscious, with another crew member
who later died on the infamous 1979 Fastnet
|| It's not
too early to think about the passage to the
South Pacific. Diana highly recommends
Guide to Navigation and Tourism in French
Polynesia. It's a beautiful
book, with some of the finest charts of the area
we've seen--beautiful reproductions of the
French Hydrographic (SHOM) charts that are the
gold standard for the area. Information is
current, and pilotage is detailed.
teaches sailing and navigation to both
recreational boaters and commercial mariners.
She recommends that all boaters have a
on board. Surprised? You
shouldn't be. A Coast Pilot contains a
wealth of information that's valuable to any
mariner. It's updated regularly, and
corrections and amendments are made available
weekly. And, for the scope of the publication,
it's a bargain!
great stocking stuffer or grab bag gift is
A Comprehensive Guide to Marine Medicine.
It's a great little book, chock full of medical
advice for your next adventure on the water.
It's not too technical to be easy for the layman
to understand, but it's thorough enough to help
you do more than apply a band-aid. It
includes some slick improvisational techniques
for when you're limited on supplies and gives
"when to worry" tips for guidance on when to
seek professional assistance.