Good Reads

Notable New Titles

Wooden Boats for Blue Water Sailors Philosophy in Sailing, Design and Construction By Alfie Sanford Great Wave Books 214 pgs. The great legacy of wooden sailing yachts is clear. From Slocum’s Spray to the various well-known Herreshoff designs to Bermuda…

Notable New Titles — Plunge

Former liveaboard voyager and self-professed “citizen of the world,” Liesbet Collaert’s memoir Plunge is, like many other voyagers’ memoirs, an account of passages made, life aboard, dealing with gear failure, experiencing tropical beauty and a freedom tempered only by wind…

Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World

Talk about good timing: Just as British author Peter Moore was putting the finishing touches on his biography of HMS Endeavour and its multifarious 18th-century voyages, marine archaeologists in Rhode Island pinpointed its final resting place near Newport, where in 1778 it had been scuttled by the British to prevent the French fleet from attacking.

Sailing America

In a magazine like Ocean Navigator, the photos play as big a part as the words, from the front cover all the way through.

Sailing to the Edge of Time

Sailing to the Edge of Time is a splendid book of nautical lore and, in its way, a profound book — a philosophical inquiry into the seductive enticement of seafaring.

Winter Passage: Essays, Memoirs, Journeys

Longtime newspaperman, travel writer and Ocean Navigator contributor Alan Littell has compiled a volume of his writings that demonstrates both his globetrotting experience and his keen skill at eyewitness journalism.

Modern Marine Weather (Third Edition)

The problem with teaching marine weather is the same problem as celestial navigation: How do you demonstrate a three-dimensional concept so that the recipient can visualize it?

Halfway Rock Light Station

When writing about lighthouses, it’s almost impossible to avoid lapsing into nostalgia or busting out in Faulkner quotes about the past not being dead or Masefield’s lonely sea and the sky.

Run the Storm

George M. Foy’s collective biography of a ship and a storm, and of the crew who would die in that storm, is a tour de force of nautical expertise coupled with sensitive treatment of one of the worst maritime disasters in our history.

Rogue Waves: Anatomy of a Monster

Unpredicted and thus far unpredictable waves of vast height and sudden destructive power have long animated the imagination and concern of deepwater sailors.

Hawaii by Sextant

Hawaii by Sextant: An In-depth Exercise in Celestial Navigation Using Real Sextant Sights and Logbook Entries By David Burch & Stephen Miller Starpath Publications, Seattle, Wash. 2014 Hawaii by Sextant is an exercise in ocean navigation by celestial navigation alone.…

Hawaiki Rising

Hawaiki Rising By Sam Low Island Heritage Publishing, 2013 Hardcover, 343 pages It has been nearly 38 years since the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a first set sail from Hawaii without instruments or charts, using only the stars, wind, and waves…

Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale

Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale By Robin Lloyd Sheridan House, 2013 Hardcover, 368 pages Author Robin Lloyd had no intention of writing a historical novel when he began researching his seafaring ancestor Capt. Elisha Ely Morgan. He…

The Billionaire and the Mechanic

The Billionaire and the Mechanic – How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, the America’s Cup By Julian Guthrie Grove Press, 2013 323 pages, hardcover In The Billionaire and the Mechanic, award-winning San…

Suddenly Overboard – True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble

Suddenly Overboard – True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble By Tom Lochhaas McGraw-Hill/International Marine, 2013 185 pages, softcover Suddenly Overboard is a collection of true stories of real maritime casualties — drownings, capsized boats, groundings and more. Author and…

Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews

Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews – Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island By Mark J. Gabrielson The History Press, 2013 176 pages, paperback The history of the America’s Cup is rich and fills many a library shelf. Most of…

Wilderness and Rescue Medicine

Wilderness and Rescue Medicine By Jeffrey E. Isaac, PA-C and David E. Johnson, MD Sixth edition Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013 226 pages, softcover Jeff Isaac and David Johnson’s book continues to be the last word on wilderness and rescue…