Notable New Books
Sailors' SecretsAdvice from the Masters
by Michael Badham
and Robby RobinsonBecause sailors are among the most opinionated people in the world, a book that deliberately solicits information from them is bound to be engaging, if not volatile. Although it's impossible to come away from reading Sailors' Secrets with a clear direction on a given task (fixing a clogged injector, wiring a radar set, varnishing spars), reading the book will promise informed decisions by introducing the reader to a variety of possibilities.
The book is a collection of thousands of narratives on every topicthat are arranged in general sections. It's not a how-to book in the traditional sense, but one can certainly learn from the advice of some of the world's most celebrated sailors.
International Marine, Camden, Maine; 207-236-4837; 309 pgs.; $29.95.