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Old 02-10-2011, 05:44 PM   #21
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David, Dava Sobel's book Longitude is also excellent.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:09 PM   #22
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RE: My 3 favorite books about boats that I have read more than once are......

Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea, by Steven Callahan: http://www.amazon.com/Adrift-Seventy.../dp/0618257322
Absolutely amazing true story of him being lost at sea for well, 76 days. Amazing read.


And

117 Days Adrift, by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey.
http://www.amazon.com/117-Days-Adrif...7386213&sr=1-1
Also an amazing true story of this couple adrift at sea by themselves for 117 days.


Both the above books are a amazing testimony of the human spirit and many other things.


Also,

Maiden Voyage, by Tania Aebi, first american woman to solo circumnavigate. Great read.
http://www.amazon.com/Maiden-Voyage-...7386537&sr=8-1
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #23
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117 Days Adrift, by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey.
http://www.amazon.com/117-Days-Adrif...7386213&sr=1-1
Also an amazing true story of this couple adrift at sea by themselves for 117 days.

Small world.* We interviewed this couple the day they came off the fishing boat (I think it was Korean) that picked them up and brought them to Honolulu.* I was running camera and shot them coming off the boat and then the interview we did a little later.* Amazing story, the little bit of it that they related to us.* I didn't know there was a book about it.
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wow marin- that is amazing. You should get the book- amazing read though slightly dryer than Steven's Adrift but truly, both are amazing, amazing stories and I cannot imagine what either of them went through.
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Am I correct in remembering their boat was attacked by a whale?
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both of them (the baileys and callahan), I believe went down due to hitting a whale, yes.
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My 3 favorite books about boats that I have read more than once are......

The Cheechakoes by Wayne Short; Albie, & Billy, The Sky Pilot; also by W. Short; In the Wake of an Alaskan Mailboat; by Dennis Sperl, and of course; The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet, are all books to remember!


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The Cheechakoes by Wayne Short; Albie, & Billy, The Sky Pilot; also by W. Short;
I bought these books about 7 years ago while spending an afternoon in Baranoff
Warm Springs. Teriffic books about SE Alaska in the 40s.
Thanks for reminding me.....I'm going to drag them off the shelf and read them
again. Here's a little blurb on Wayne* The Short Boys: Cheechakoes no more
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:06 PM   #29
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RE: My 3 favorite books about boats that I have read more than once are......

when i was younger i read a lot, now i dont seem to have the time or patience for it.
there is a danish writer/sailor named Troels Kloevedal, he wrote a bunch of books about his travels around the world in a sailboat.
i am not sure if the books were translated but i would guess so.

i like stories also and for a few years all i read were short stories, can warmly recommend W Sommerset Maugham' short stories.
He was rumored to be the highest paid writer in the 1930's.
He did travel extensively and was able to describe in details many of the places he visited, often as part of a really good story.
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Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. First read it as a kid and still like it.
They Were Expendable by W. L. White, the story of the PT boats in the Philippines at the beginning of WWII and the evacuation of General MacArthur by PT boat from Corrigedor
The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet, the story of family boating trips in BC waters in the 1920s and 30s in a 25' cruiser

Books I would like to read again but haven't had the time yet are:

Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea by Robert K. Massie
A Glorious Way to Die by Russell Spurr, the story of the Kamakaze mission of the battleship Yamato
Finished A Glorious Way to Die this weekend.* Excellent and a great primer on why Japan lost the war.* Started The were Expendable, very interesting.* No conclusions yet but a short read.* Since this was written in 1942 it is particularly interesting in understanding the mindset before the outcome was understood.

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Another great book of BC Coast Stories: Full Moon, Flood Tide by Bill Proctor

Full Moon, Flood Tide is no conventional cruising guide, but an indispensable companion for travellers around northern Vancouver Island, Fife Sound, Wells Passage, Blackfish Sound and Tribune Channel. Maps illustrate the places Proctor describes, in an order suitable for visiting by boat. Brimming with coastal lore and sprinkled liberally with Yvonne Maximchuks line drawings, this fascinating volume pays tribute to pioneers who wrested a livelihood from forest and sea even as it makes a passionate plea to preserve the wilderness.
Started, and so far it is great.* Since we have spent some time in these waters it is particularly interesting.* Thank you.

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Another book that is a must read for boaters. South to Alaska by Nancy Owens Barnes.It's a story (true) about a farmer/handyman that built a 40 some foot steel boat in his
back yard and ran it (mostly single handed) from Arkansas to Ketchikan Alaska through
the Panama Canal. He did it on Danforth anchors and an old DD. His dream started in 1926 and he arrived in Ketchikan in 1973.
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Another book that is a must read for boaters. South to Alaska by Nancy Owens Barnes.
It's a story (true) about a farmer/handyman that built a 40 some foot steel boat in his
back yard and ran it (mostly single handed) from Arkansas to Ketchikan Alaska through
the Panama Canal. He did it on Danforth anchors and an old DD. His dream started in 1926 and he arrived in Ketchikan in 1973.
EricThat is an awesome book, about an incredible individual, and a very understanding wife.*

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My 3 favorite books about boats that I have read more than once are......

Cary,Ive still got a few pages to go.


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"and a very understanding wife.". I know there's some great wives right on the forum.
Mine for example. She's been through lots of beam seas, head seas, wind and shaky anchorages, completing the day in the dark, cooking under way and taking care of her cat during all of it. When head seas exceed 7' the cat goes up in the chain locker but she goes weightless and airborne on every crest. Chris goes up and gets her *...cat really dosn't like Airborne *...you should hear her scream. I slow way down but weightless still happens.
Anyway Chris is a great partner on the boat.
Anyway thanks for saying that Carey as more will go get the book and we know the benefit of that. Is Marin traveling?


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Another good read is "Life of Pi", it's fiction but a great story of survival at sea.
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Does anybody know about Kindle's * *... the reading thing that has books in it?
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Does anybody know about Kindle's * *... the reading thing that has books in it?
Eric, I don't have one but I know several people that have them or similar products. I've never used*one but people I know love them. They can buy books for much cheaper than paperback and they claim a good selection of books are*available online to purchase.

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We have a Kindle.* Particularly great for air or car travelers who want to keep the volume of books they haul around smaller.* Cruising SE Alaska I am able to trade paperbacks in for others at many harbors, so I haven't yet taken it cruising with me.

Another nice thing about it is that there are lots of older books available for no charge or $0.99.* If you have friends with Kindles you can share books.* And you can load a PDF and read it on a Kindle.
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Another great book that is testimomy to the human spirit is "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum. A true story that I believe was first written in 1900. He is credited with being the first to circumnavigate the Globe alone. The name of the boat was Spray.
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Another great book that is testimomy to the human spirit is "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum. A true story that I believe was first written in 1900. He is credited with being the first to circumnavigate the Globe alone. The name of the boat was Spray.
That should be on the list, for sure.

I second the comments on the Kindle.* I have a study Bible on mine and about 50 other books in a device that weighs a few ounces.* Slocum's book is available to download in 10 seconds for a price of $0.00.* New books are $9.95 - $13.95, but classics are frequently a few cents or free if they are in the public domain.* Sometimes the public doman books are a bit funky in terms of formatting, but always completely readable.* One of the main advantages is that you can set the print size to whatever you want.* On a treadmill, I set the print large and can still read even in motion.* Very handy.* Biggest disadvantage is that illustrations and maps are frequently useless, so this isn't the perfect alternative to print, just an alterntive that has a lot of applications.

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