Good Reads

A Call to Arms

A Call to Arms By William Hammond Naval Institute Press, 2012 256 pages, hardcover A Call to Arms is the fourth novel in William Hammond’s historical fiction series following the seafaring Cutler family of Hingham, Mass. Primarily set in the…

Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia

By RADM Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) and Michael Hirsh Naval Institute Press, 2012 272 pages There have been a number of books and articles dealing with the global security issue of Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden. Some are…

Kialoa US-1: Dare to win

Kialoa US-1: Dare to win By Jim Kilroy Smith/Kerr Associates, Seapoint Books 2012 Hardcover, 447 pages   The yachting world has always been filled with larger-than-life characters, men and women who pursue their passion with intensity and drive. But only…

Mystery Islands – Discovering the Ancient Pacific

Mystery Islands – Discovering the Ancient Pacific By Tom Koppel University of the South Pacific Press, Suva, Fiji Islands, 2012 345 pages, soft cover   Author, journalist, and educator Tom Koppel’s new book Mystery Islands is one man’s odyssey across…

World Voyage Planner

World Voyage Planner By Jimmy Cornell Cornell Sailing Ltd., London, 2012 Distributed by Paradise Cay Publications 342 pages, soft cover World voyaging authority Jimmy Cornell’s recently published World Voyage Planner is a comprehensive guide to planning a voyage from anywhere…

Marine Medicine - A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd edition

Comprehensive is the key word in describing Marine Medicine by doctors Eric Weiss and Michael Jacobs. This pocket-sized book (or eBook available for your smartphone or tablet) covers just about any and every emergency and ailment. It covers trauma, two…

HOSTAGE: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates

By Paul and Rachel Chandler with Sarah Edworthy Chicago Review Press, 2012 384 pages Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a real threat to mariners for the past decade. While these bands of highly organized gangsters have primarily…

Storms and Wild Water

Storms and Wild Water By Dag Pike Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y Boating journalist Dag Pike speaks from experience when he describes the awesome power of the sea. During his 60 years going to sea, he has survived more than…

Doctor on Board

Doctor on Board – Your Practical Guide to Medical Emergencies at Sea By Dr. Jurgen Hauert Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.   Any medical crisis aboard a boat requires swift attention, and this new illustrated guide by orthopedic and emergency…

Winter in Fireland

Winter in Fireland - A Patagonian Sailing Adventure by Nicholas Coghlan University of Alberta Press, 2011 496 pages, paperback   Winter in Fireland chronicles Nicholas and Jenny Coghlan’s journey from Cape Town, South Africa, to Tierra del Fuego or “Fireland.” …

Rowing the Atlantic

Rowing the Atlantic - Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean By Roz Savage Simon & Schuster, NY 2009 242 pages Roz Savage is true testimony to determination and self sufficiency. At 36 and unhappy with her life she wrote two…

The Barometer Handbook

The Barometer Handbook – A Modern Look at Barometers and Applications of Barometric Pressure By David Burch Starpath Publications, Seattle, WA 2009 238 pages David Burch’s latest, The Barometer Handbook, is a comprehensive study of this familiar and crucial piece…

Sea Survival Handbook

Sea Survival Handbook: The Complete Guide to Survival at Sea By Keith Colwell Skyhorse Publishing, NY, NY 2009 Keith Colwell's new book, Sea Survival Handbook, is a must read for anyone planning to venture offshore. An employee of the Royal…

Road to Havana

Road to Havana By Richard de Grasse Infinity Publishing 2009 332 pages Richard de Grasse's first novel, Road to Havana, is the story of an American single-handed sailor on a passage to Mexico. While making a port call on Havana,…

Mary's Voyage

Mary's Voyage The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell - A Sequel to Desperate Voyage By Mary Caldwell and Matthew M. Douglas Sheridan House, 2008 256 pages John Caldwell's 1949 recount of his attempted voyage from Panama to Australia, Desperate…

Float Your Boat!

Float Your Boat!: The Evolution and Science of Sailing By Mark Denny The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008 257 pages Sailor and physicist Mark Denny traces sailing's roots as he explains the science of sailing in language that is clear…

Living a Dream:

Living a Dream: A Journey from Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11 to Full-time Cruiser By Suzanne Giesemann Paradise Cay Publications, 2008 281 pages Suzanne Giesemann’s new memoir is truly about the journey and…

Emergency Navigation

Emergency Navigation:  Find Your Position and Shape Your Course at Sea Even If Your Instruments Fail By David Burch International Marine/McGraw-Hill, 2008, Second Edition 268 Pages   There’s little debate that modern marine electronics make going to sea easier and…

Endless Sea

  As to the vast and possible ocean Tell these escutcheons you see That the bounded sea may be Greek or Roman: The endless sea is Portuguese. — Fernando Pessoa, 1918 So opens Amyr Klink’s Endless Sea, a recount of…