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PDB014
$15.16 $18.95  
Paperback, Herb McCormick, ISBN: 9781929214983
In As Long as It’s Fun, the biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, Herb McCormick recounts their remarkable sailing career—from their early days in Southern Cal. to their two circumnavigations to their current life in a quiet cove in New Zealand. Through interviews with their families,...
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PDB006
$13.56 $16.95  
Paperback, Lin and Larry Pardey, 256pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9780964603639
A tale of adventures, as two young dreamers continue their voyaging on board their self-built 24'4" cutter. They cross the exotic sea that spawned Homer's tales of Ulysses' Odyssey, then sail through the strife torn Red Sea and across the typhoon tossed waters of the Bay of Bengal. In this...
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PDB013
$19.96 $24.95  
Hardcover, Lin Pardey, 304pages, 6x9, ISBN: 9781929214679
Lin Pardey and her husband Larry are internationally famous for their sailing adventures. But in 1980 -- fresh from an eleven years-long sailing journey, where they forged the early years of their marriage on high seas and in exotic locales -- they came to CA looking for a good spot to build...
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PDB018
$16.95  
Paperback, Herb Payson, 232pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9781929214068
Anyone crazy enough to buy a boat deserves all the headaches he gets, said Chuck. What kind of boat are you looking for? Oh, something about 35 feet. We re going to sail around the world. You poor kids, he said sympathetically. At Middle age, Herb and Nancy Payson...
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PDB007
$13.56 $16.95  
Paperback, Lin & Larry Pardey, 319pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780964603646
With this edition of Seraffyn's European Adventure, all four of the Pardey's classic Seraffyn tales are available in affordable paperback.   Join Lin and Larry while they winter in England working to pay for the next leg of their journey into the Baltic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany....
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GPT080
$14.95  
Paperback, Lenore Skomal, 148pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9780762758807
This is the absorbing, painstakingly researched story of Ida Lewis, born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1842, and the fearless rescues she made at Lime Rock Lighthouse. Her father, Captain Hosea Lewis, became the first keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in 1853. But after he was disabled by stroke,...
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PDB015
$13.56 $16.95  
Paperback, Lin and Larry Pardey, 256pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9781929214167
Lin and Larry Pardey s first book, Cruising in Seraffyn is credited with launching 50,000 dreams. This third book in the Seraffyn series chronicles the three years spent exploring Ulysses wine-colored sea and clearly illustrates how they kept that dream afloat. Lin and Larry meander under...
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ACB104
$12.48 $24.95  
Paperback, Lars Hassler, 320pages, 6 x 95, ISBN: 9781408112014
A hippy Sell Up and Sail, this entertaining and inspiring book is more than just a cruising narrative – it is an instructive account showing how anyone can circumnavigate (or even sail for an extended period) without huge funds. Lars Hassler originally set off intending to sail for three...
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JCS002
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Paperback, Doina Cornell, ISBN: 9780955639692
In 1975 Doina Cornell left England with her family when she was only seven and spent the next six years sailing around the world on a small yacht. The author has drawn on her memories, diaries and stories, to re-create the perfect life led by a sailing child: swimming, diving and playing the...
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HMC022
$14.95  
Paperback, Steve Callahan, 237pages, 5.5 x 8.25, ISBN: 9780618257324
Riveting, first-hand account of the only man ever to have survived more than a month alone at sea in an inflatable raft. A genuine seafaring classic.
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PAR057
$13.56 $16.95  
Paperback, Herb McCormick, 314pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9780939837946
A fifth-generation native of Newport, Rhode Island, Herb McCormick has been racing and cruising from above the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and chronicling his adventures and travels in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet for over three decades. An anthology of his best profiles and...
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HRW005
$16.99  
Paperback, Peter Nichols, 298pages, 5.25 X 8, ISBN: 9780060957032
In 1968 nine sailors set off on the first solo, nonstop circumnavigators' race-possibly the most daring competition ever held. Only one finished. This is the story of each of those sailors, the challenges and hardships they faced, the obsession that drove them.
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HRW093
$14.99  
Paperback, Kalee Thompson, 336pages, 8 x 5.3 x 0.8, ISBN: 9780061766305
Deadliest Sea  by Kalee Thompson is the spellbinding true story of the greatest rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history. Recounting the tragic sinking of the fishing trawler,  Alaska Ranger , in the Bering Sea and its remarkable aftermath in March 2008,  Deadliest Sea  is...
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PAR005
$24.95  
Paperback, G. Bickley Remmey Jr., 232pages, 9 x 5.9, ISBN: 9780939837687
This, the second edition of A Guide to Planning and Cruising the Great Circle Route Around the Eastern USA, documents a motor yacht "cruise of a lifetime", the 5,400-mile circumnavigation of the Eastern United States. Author Bick Remmey refers to this voyage as "the longest one-way inland cruise...
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INT447
$22.00  
Paperback, Renee Petrillo, 288pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780071779845
It was the best of dreams, it was the worst of dreams, it was an age of consulting the nautical experts, it was the age of landlubber foolishness, it was the epoch of determination, it was the epoch of despair, it was the season of hurricanes, it was a spring of beachcombing
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SHP137
$16.50  
Paperback, Bernard Moitessier, 252pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780924486845
An intimate autobiographical look at the first Golden Globe Race as we follow the author through his famous 37,455 mile nonstop year and a half circumnavigation ending in Tahiti after abandoning the race on the last leg. An unforgettable sea story.
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INT460
$11.00 $22.00  
Paperback, Tom Lochhaas, ISBN: 9780071803311
True stories of contemporary sailing disasters that will keep you alert and careful when you are on the water. . Suddenly Overboard tells stories about sailors who experienced catastrophes when least expecting them and who were rescued, or who died, or who lived to tell the tale simply by good...
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PAR033
$9.95  
Paperback, Shawn Shallow, 291pages, 9 x 5.9, ISBN: 9780939837656
Winter came early to the Arctic in 1897. Frigid temperatures brought pack ice that filled the waters north of the Bering Strait. As a result, virtually the entire North American whaling fleet was trapped, stranding 300 men to die of starvation and exposure. Three escaping ships raised the alarm....
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IPG032
$7.98 $15.95  
Paperback, Adrian Flanagan, 402pages, 5 x 8.25, ISBN: 9780753826102
In 1975, when Adrian Flanagan was 15, he read Sir Francis Chichester's account of his record-breaking circumnavigation, and a dream began to form. Thirty years later, on October 28, 2005, Adrian set sail from the south coast of England on his quest to voyage vertically around the earth by the...
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RAN077
$15.00  
Paperback, J. Maarten Troost, 272pages, 5.5 x 8, ISBN: 9780767915304
Tells the hilarious story of what happens when the adventurous author discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he'd dreamed of. It's one misadventure after another as he battles heat, bugs, and bumbling government officials.
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GPT134
$16.95  
Paperback, Christopher L. Pastore, 304pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9780762784356
In 1903, racing for the America's Cup was no longer a gentleman's game – it had become a race entangled with political tension and awesome, dangerous stakes. In this pivotal year, the two great rivals Britain and America raced head to head, with Britain determined to win with their...
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PAR040
$14.95  
Paperback, Suzanne Giesemann, 300pages, 9 x 5.9, ISBN: 9780939837809
On 9/11, USN Commander Suzanne Giesemann was aboard the military aircraft Speckled Trout as it flew over the just-demolished Twin Towers. As aide to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she strode beside him through the still-smoldering Pentagon. All those lives gone in an instant, robbed...
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RCP003
$19.95  
Paperback, Ron and Eva Stob, 281pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780966914030
Honey, Let's Get a Boat. . . is the story of a couple's journey on a forty-foot trawler cruising 6300 miles and 147 locks around the eastern part of North America known as America's Great Loop. Their nautical ineptitude is evident from the beginning, but pulling from their personal and...
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SHP346
$9.98 $19.95  
Paperback, Geoff Holt, 364pages, 5 x 8, ISBN: 9781574092769
On September 5, 1984, eighteen-year-old Geoff Holt dived into an idyllic tropical sea, and his life changed forever. A broken neck cut short a promising career as a yachtsman and left him paralyzed, with his horizons reduced to an uncertain future in a wheelchair. On September 5, 2007, after a...
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SMP064
$19.99  
Paperback, Spike Walker, 304pages, 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9, ISBN: 9780312604592
Walker mines familiar territory here with this detailed look into the grounding of a freighter on the Aleutian Islands in 2004. Through multiple interviews with the Coast Guard personnel involved, he provides a minute-by-minute account of the rescue mission that was compounded when a USCG...
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SIM098
$20.99  
Paperback, Janna Cawrse Esarey, 312pages, 5.5 x 8.5 ., ISBN: 9781416589082
The humorous true story of a woman who abandons her tidy life to honeymoon across the Pacific on a leaky, old boat--only to find that sailing 17,000 miles is easier than keeping her relationship off the rocks.
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SHP073
$8.25 $16.50  
Paperback, Shirley Billing, 254pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781574091373
Records in dramatic detail the ordeal of Peter and Shirley Billing who were taken from their yacht at gunpoint in the Red Sea and only released after a month of the most extraordinary efforts by friends, family and their government.
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SHP361
$29.95  
Paperback, L. Francis Herreshoff, 349pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781574092875
A much anticipated reissue, in larger format, of the biography of Nathanael G. Herreshoff, who was the greatest yacht and marine designer and builder this country has ever produced. Many of the closely guarded secrets of Captain Nat, the great master, are revealed in these pages. Fully...
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PGN110
$11.90 $17.00  
Paperback, Donovan Hohn, 416pages, 8.5 x 5.4 x 1, ISBN: 9780143120506
Whimsical curiosity begets a quixotic odyssey and troubling revelations about plastics polluting the seas in former high school teacher and journalist Hohn's charming account of what he learned searching for 28,800 rubber bath toys lost at sea in 1992. His curiosity, prompted by a student's...
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TWE001
$6.48 $12.95  
Paperback, Catherine Dook, 180pages, 5.5 x 7.5, ISBN: 9781894898065
Warm and witty tales of live aboard life and all its misadventures, joys and challenges. For the nautically committed and those who love to laugh.
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STP002
$17.95  
Paperback, Serge Testa, 216pages, 5.75 x 8.25, ISBN: 9780731648498
The author departed Brisbane, Australia in June 1984 in his 12 ft. self-designed and built boat to complete a circumnavigation in the smallest yacht yet. An amazing story. Photos.
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RAN496
$17.00  
Paperback, ROBERT KURSON, 304pages, 6.4 x 1 x 9.6, ISBN: 9780812973693
A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the  New York Times  bestseller  Shadow Divers   Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two...
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MOU068
$9.48 $18.95  
Paperback, Jordan Hanssen, ISBN: 9781594856358
The daring true story of the first North Atlantic Rowing Race, and the endurance needed by a team of companions to row their way to victory across the Atlantic Ocean.
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SHP029
$5.48 $10.95  
Paperback, Tom Watkins, 107pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781574091939
A decade's worth of breezy escapist tales chronicling the misadventures of a motley crew of college professors who abandon their landlocked lives for a week a year to go sailing. A hilarious and insightful glimpse into the secret lives of men.
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LYB042
$18.95  
Paperback, Farley Mowat, 341pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781585742400
Chronicles the hair-raising rescue and salvage missions of the legendary deep-sea tug Foundation Franklin from 1930 through her final voyage in 1948.
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SWP055
$9.98 $19.95  
Paperback, Steven J. Pavlidis, 259pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781892399335
Life at Sea Level is the latest work of one of America s finest travel guide authors. For nearly 20 years, Stephen J Pavlidis has been writing books about the Bahamas and the Caribbean islands. He has written 14 guides covering virtually all the geography from south Florida to Trinidad and...
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ACB145
$28.00  
Hardcover, Jane Maufe, 320pages, 9.5 x 1.3 x 6.5, ISBN: 9781472935717
The Northwest Passage proved so elusive for so long that many sailors and explorers believed it didn't exist. A sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic archipelago, it wasn't until Roald Amundsen's 1903–06 voyage that the Northwest Passage's existence was...
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RAN508
$16.00  
Paperback, Jim Lynch, 304pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780307949356
The Johannssens are a sailing family: adventurous, fanatical, and, for now, a complete and total mess. Ruby, a prodigiously talented skipper, has taken off for Africa. Bernard is god-knows-where at sea. And at thirty-one years old, Josh Johannssen, the middle child, is fixing up an old family...
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SAI003
$9.98 $19.95  
Paperback, Charles & Corrine Kanter, 364pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780961840693
364 pages (includes 32 pages of COLOR photos) of mirth, introspection, experience, pathos and just plain lifestyle joy from two people who dared to be different and take to the sea on an '-unconventional'-sailing craft and find camaraderie, lasting friendships, and a business model that allowed...
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SKY128
$14.99  
Paperback, 280pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9781944824242
“1789 April: Just before sun-rising, Mr. Christian, with the master at arms, gunner’s mate, and Thomas Burket, seaman, came into my cabin while I was asleep, and seizing me, tied my hands with a cord behind my back and threatened me with instant death if I spoke or made the least...
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INT224
$17.00  
Paperback, John Kretschmer, 223pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780071498876
The true story of three sailors swept up in a real tale of life and death as they battle Hurricane Lenny's 150-plus mile per hour winds. An amazing tale of heroism and seamanship. High drama on the high seas of the Caribbean.
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PGN105
$16.00  
Paperback, Michael D' Antonio, 400pages, ISBN: 9781594485213
The chain of islands from the Virgins through to the southern Caribbean is considered one of the most desirable tropical cruising grounds for any sailor. It can be sailed in comfort and confidence with only one language, one currency, a modicum of weather forecasting, and an ability to spot...
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INT164
$21.00  
Paperback, William Longyard, 363pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780071440295
Looks back half a millennium to chronicle the greatest ocean voyages attempted in the littlest of boats-rowboats, canoes, and tiny sailboats like Hugo Vihlen's 6 ft. April Fool. This is history, adventure and seafaring legend of the highest order.
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PGN037
$16.00  
Paperback, John Steinbeck, 278pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780140187441
An exciting day-by-day account of Steinbeck's trip to the Gulf of CA with botanist Ed Ricketts. A wonderful combination of science, philosophy and high-spirited cruising adventure.
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PGN135
$28.95  
Hardcover, Daniel James Brown, ISBN: 9780670025817
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin OlympicsDaniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an...
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MWE001
$11.00 $22.00  
Hardcover, Migael Scherer, 203pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9781571312747
An experienced sailor goes racing for the first time, searching for victory and a renewed love of life. This is a moving portrayal of a frayed life being made whole again in the comradeship of a grueling race through hauntingly beautiful surrounds.
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SHP081
$12.48 $24.95  
Hardcover, Sharon Ragle, 224pages, 8.7 x 5.7, ISBN: 9781574091458
True and lively story of newlyweds on a four-and-a-half year circumnavigation. Single for many years, with her children grown, the author faced a solitary future and, instead, found a funny and loving escapade over 35,000 miles of ocean.
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SHP080
$12.48 $24.95  
Hardcover, Guy Bernardin, 230pages, 65 x 9.5, ISBN: 9781574091489
The author, a French racing sailor, buys a replica of the Spray and sets off in 1995 for three years with wife and young son to retrace Slocum's circumnavigation. A fresh take on the seagoing travelogue and a story of a happy family at sea.
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MSP051
$65.00  
Hardcover, Roger Taylor, ISBN: 9780939511433
NEW Herresoff book.  Makes the perfect Christmas gift for any sailor on your list
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WAB004
$15.00  
Paperback, Linda Greenlaw, ISBN: 9780786885411
Known to millions of readers of  The Perfect Storm  as the captain of the  Hannah Boden , sister ship to the  Andrea Gail , Linda Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. Here she offers an adventure-soaked tale of her own, complete...
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ABI001
$18.95  
Paperback, Abigail B. Calkin Ph.D., 252pages, 6 x 0.6 x 9, ISBN: 9780615591933
When Captain Larry Hills attempted to rescue his deckhand, he too was tragically caught in the lines that whipped and wrapped the two men against the net reel of the trawler like captured fish. In the moment before the deckhand’s death he was the only one who heard Larry’s cold...
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GPT154
$11.87 $16.95  
Paperback, Barbara Walsh, 272pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9780762784905
An award-winning journalist's voyage into her family history and her quest to face the storms she encounters there.
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ACB132
$13.50 $27.00  
Hardcover, John Boyle, 304pages, 6 x 1.2 x 9, ISBN: 9781472912671
For the first time in history, the navies of the world have united against a common enemy--a couple of thousand rag-tag, underfed men and boys in the western Indian Ocean. Crammed into open boats and armed with ancient AK-47s, they range up to a thousand miles from home shores in Somalia. No one...
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PAR053
$9.95  
Paperback, Deborah Shapiro, 96pages, 8.8 x 5.8, ISBN: 9780939837038
Letters to children who have never been sailing written aboard the sailing yacht Northern Light during an 8,000 mile ocean voyage. The author describes life aboard a small sailboat in mid-ocean, close to birds, dolphins and sea life of all kinds. . Click the E-Book icon to get the Kindle version...
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SFA001
$15.99  
Paperback, Mike Litzow, 344pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780692029268
"As a sailor who raised his daughter aboard, I was touched by this book. Litzow writes from the heart."  - Fatty Goodlander   When marine biologists Mike Litzow and Alisa Abookire decide to follow their dream and sail from Alaska to Australia, they agree that they won't leave...
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SHP144
$11.98 $23.95  
Paperback, Adrian Sparham, 228pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781574092172
A fine cruising narrative in which a couple decide to pull out of the rat race and spend years exploring cruising destinations off the beaten path. They learn a great deal about the world and themselves.
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ACB156
$22.00  
Paperback, Peter Clutterbuck, 224pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9781472945716
This is a real-life story of small-boat adventure on the high seas, complete with extreme risk, last-minute ingenuity, and many near-misses. The Sea Takes No Prisoners  begins in the 60s, telling of the adventures of the author as a boy--a time of boarding schools, long holidays, and an...
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WHN001
$20.00  
Paperback, Wendy Hinman, 442pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780984835034
 shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. In 1973, the Wilcox family sets off to sail around the world aboard the 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef, with surf tearing a huge hole into the side of...
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ACB150
$27.00  
Hardcover, Adrian Flanagan, 304pages, 9.5 x 6.5, ISBN: 9781472912527
Cape Horn--the very name conjures images of churning seas, ice-laden rigging, howling winds, and impossible currents. Cape Horn's fearsome reputation and the price it has extracted from those sailors who venture there derives from a lethal contrivance of geography that unleashes the most...
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SMO001
$11.95  
Paperback, R A Bard, 194pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9780692618479
On the ocean, some voyages proceed smoothly, and some go weirdly south. It’s the weirder ones, selected from the many passages made by the author over sixteen years as an offshore delivery captain, that are collected here. None are full-scale disasters, but even minor calamities are...
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IPS014
$14.95  
Paperback, Joe Upton, 192pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9780882407401
Writer and fisherman Joe Upton recounts the riveting stories of explorers of the past and seafarers of the present in JOURNEYS THROUGH THE INSIDE PASSAGE. His chronicle offers events vivid in their telling: the journey of widow  Muriel Blanchet, who solo navigated a small vessel in the...
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WIL087
$12.71 $16.95  
Paperback, Nicholas Gray, 240pages, 5 x 8, ISBN: 9781909911550
Looking back at the lives and sailing careers of some of our lifetime’s finest yachtsmen, this collection of eleven original, moving accounts is just as much a celebration of the good – tales of hope, achievement and courageous spirit – as it is an account of their tragic final voyages....
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MPS193
$25.00  
Hardcover, Nigel Caulder, 208pages, 6.5 x 9.5, ISBN: 9781472946713
Long before he was one of America's leading yachting writers, Nigel Calder was a novice cruiser with ambitions grander than his experience, setting off for a round-world-voyage. Nigel and his partner Terrie were young and foolish, with a home-built boat that was new and untested, one child...
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WWN829
$29.95  
Hardcover, Stan Grayson, 413pages, 7 x 10, ISBN: 9780884485483
The product of years of research,  A Man for All Oceans  is the most comprehensive biography of Slocum ever published, and the first written by a small-boat sailor. Author/historian Grayson uncovered previously unknown original source materials to shed new light on one of...
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