Tag: Book reviews


Book Review – SeaWise Safety Checklist / Emergency Action Guide for Sailing Yachts


Book Review – SeaWise Emergency Action Guide and Safety Checklists for Sailing Yachtsby Zvi Richard Dor-ner and Zvi Frank. Cornell Maritime Press, a division of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

An ‘action guide book’ for mariners, inspired by the aviation world’s discipline of thorough checklists for everything.

What if….?

“What ifs?” are dark questions that lurk …Read more


Book Review: The Boat Galley Cookbook, by Shearlock and Irons


Although it is a hefty paperback, The Boat Galley Cookbook by cruisers Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons is likely to help raise your waterline, because it consolidates in one volume many culinary resources cruising chefs have previously felt obliged to carry.

Indeed, no  cruising cookbook I have ever seen has so deliberately set out to …Read more


Book Review: Tightwads on the Loose, by Wendy Hinman


After finishing Wendy Hinman’s Tightwads on the Loose, I placed it on my bookshelf next to Jana Cawrse Esarey’s  The Motion of the Ocean and Torre DeRoche’s Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning,  because, like those two books,  Tightwads on the Loose is a brightly-written sailing memoir by a young female cruiser from …Read more


Book Review - Cornell's Ocean Atlas: Pilot Charts for All Oceans of the World


It’s all too easy to follow the crowd on the well-worn rut around the world without doing your own diligent voyage planning and still expect to experience reasonable conditions doing so.

But the moment you think about bearing off left or right — treading the path less taken, as it were — when everyone else is going straight, having the knowledge to keep yourself in safe and comfortable sailing conditions becomes …Read more


What the %$@$# are they talking about - Deciphering boat speak


Book Review – Mariner’s Guide to Nautical Information, by Priscilla Travis.  Cornell Maritime Press

It is fair to wonder if there is any lingo more alien to a newcomer than the jargon of sailors? “Boat speak” appears to be English (most of the time), but so many terms consolidate reams of meaning and process.  How’s a …Read more

BOOKS, Fears and Worries

Book review - Swept: Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche


I’m a sucker for a well-told tale, and Swept: Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche is just that.  Decades ago, sailing sagas were told by weathered men sailing solo on distant seas; today they are told by the women convinced to go along.

Not unlike Janna Cawrse Esarey’s Motion of the Ocean, Swept …Read more


Book Review - Bull Canyon: A Boat Builder, A Writer and other Wildlife by Lin Pardey


In a foreword to her new book — Bull Canyon: A Boat Builder, A Writer and other Wildlife – Lin Pardey asks fans of her sailing adventures aboard Seraffyn to hang in with her through this transition book, the story of Lin and husband Larry’s four years ashore during construction of their new …Read more


Book Review - A Passion for the Sea by Jimmy Cornell


This is an excellent book and very different from Jimmy Cornell’s more well-known books World Cruising Routes and World Cruising Destinations.

A Passion for the Sea is a bit hard to describe because the book is packed with stories, advice and tips from Cornell’s lifetime of cruising.

Not only does the author draw …Read more


World Cruising Destinations, Jimmy Cornell’s new book!



I just got my copy of Jimmy Cornell’s new World Cruising Destinations this last week – and I am in love with it!

I’ve carried Jimmy Cornell’s books aboard my boat ever since I bought my first copy of World Cruising Routes in the late ‘80s.

When I was finally lucky enough to have …Read more

BOOKS, Relationships & Roles Aboard

Get Her On Board (Secrets to Sharing the Cruising Dream)

Get Her On Board, by Nick O'Kelly

Through a sequence of connections it would take a page to recount, I’ve come back in touch with a cruiser I first met in a group of West Coast sailors getting ready to leave for the South Pacific from Puerto Vallarta back in 2003.

A series of maintenance problems cropped up and kept Nick and his …Read more