Good Reads

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…

On The Wind: The Marine Photographs of Norman Fortier

Introductions and captions by Calvin Siegal & Llewellyn Howland IIISince 1947, Norman Fortier and his camera have been documenting yachting and life on the south coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Cape, the Islands and Newport. His photos…

Boat Green: 50 Steps Boaters Can Take To Save Our Waters

By Clyde W. FordWhat is our responsibility to the marine environment that we all love so much? How do our marine activities contribute to global warming? How do our marine activities directly or indirectly affect the health of the world’s…

Four Across the Atlantic

In 2004, 18 captains and crew set out on a unique rally event: the first ever Nordhavn powerboat rally across the Atlantic. Captain Doug Seaver writes of his own personal adventure and experience of the rally aboard the 50-foot Nordhavn…

Notable New Books: Clever marine compendium

A number of entertaining collections of marine trivia have crossed my desk in recent years but none as clever as Lorenz Schröter’s The Little Book of the Sea. This handsome 7-by-4.5-inch hardbound jewel is filled with some of the most…

Notable New Books: Occupation: Circumnavigator

Socially, long-distance sailors can be divided into two broad categories: soloists who prefer isolation and forego the camaraderie (and aggravation) of companions; and those who invite life partners, relatives, friends new and old and even paying customers to share in…

Sailing Grace - Noteable New Book

John Otterbacher’s new memoir Sailing Grace is more than the story of one man’s struggle with heart disease. It is the story of hope, courage and a sailing family’s commitment to each other in the face of grave illness. The…

Cruising the Gulags - Noteable New Book

History buffs should be sure to snatch up this gem of an account that reviews logs from a 1994 journey around Scandinavia, over the North Cape and through inland Russia. Cruising aboard the Dutch yacht Tiota, a 38’ Ohlsonn, author…

CATAMARANS: Every Sailor's Guide

Anyone interested in cutting edge marine materials and design can’t help but turn their attention toward the most recent catamaran designs. Catamarans: Every Sailors Guide covers the latest details on cats and is authored by the leading expert in the…

Do Dolphins Ever Sleep?

Do Dolphins Ever Sleep? 211 Questions and Answers About Ships, the Sky and the Sea By Pierre-Yves Bely and Sally Bely Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, NY 294 pages ISBN 1-57409-240-5   “If an America’s Cup boat and 60-foot Open ocean…

Courage

CourageA Novel of the SeaBy Alan LittellBrillig Press; 128 pagesISBN: 978-0-9793648-0-8   A foundering steamer in a winter North Atlantic gale slowly comes apart as its crew struggles to save it. And then when those efforts fail, they try to…

Henry Hudson: Dreams and Obsessions

Henry Hudson: Dreams and ObsessionsBy Corey SandlerCitadel Press/Kensington Publishing Corp.New York, N.Y.Copyright 2007ISBN-13: 978-0-8065-2739-0   In his newest book, Henry Hudson: Dreams and Obsessions, veteran newsman and Associated Press corrspondant Corey Sandler endeavors to shed light on some of the…

Mont Blanc disaster links two cities

For more than 250 years, the histories of the port cities of Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia, have been irrevocably linked and intertwined. But one shared bit of history that may not be as well known as it should links…

Fiddler's Green

Richard Bertram 1916-2000 Richard Howard Bertram - racer, boatbuilder and yacht broker - died on April 28, 2000, at his home in Stuart, Fla. He was born Feb. 4, 1916, in East Orange, N.J., and started sailing with his parents…

Fare increase for Panama Canal

The Panama Canal will no longer be an inexpensive way totransport a yacht between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans if an expected increase in the toll takes effect this spring. Instead of the relatively cheap $650 transit fee ($250 plus…

Offshore telemedicine services explained

From Ocean Navigator #99 July/August 1999 To the editor: Thank you for summarizing the services of the Maritime Health Services Division of Global Medical Systems, Inc. (MHS), in the recent story by William Boyd on telemedicine ("Doctor on Call," Issue…

By the numbers

Long before the advent of electronics and high tech wind measuring devices, a qualitative wind estimating method called the Beaufort Scale of Wind Forces was used. It was invented by an early English navigator by the name of Francis Beaufort…