In 500 Days: Around the World on a 12-foot Yacht, resourceful adventuer Serge Testa recounts his dramatic circumnavigation. A lively account of microvoyaging from one of the true masters. Includes photos.
(Note: Waiting on more stock. Might be 2 weeks before your order ships.) In the small-boat world, his voyage was the stuff of legend. in 1982 Mike Mann tuned up his tiny Montgomery 15 Little Breeze and set sail for Hawaii, arriving 38 days later. What inspired the voyage? How trying was it? What kinds of modifications did he make? What provisions did he bring? We can finally answer these questions because Mike has just written a 250 page book recounting the voyage. The soft cover book includes rare photos, maps, and an appendix with equipment lists, and a glossary of terms. In addition, Mike was kind enough to sign each copy with the inscription to "Pursue your dreams." This collectible book is only $12.99.
More than 70 accounts of big adventures in small boats. One of our favorites and a must-have for small-boat adventure readers.
Riveting, first-hand account of the only man ever to have survived more than a month alone at sea in an inflatable raft. A genuine seafaring classic.
This gorgeous new re-issue of Albert Strange—Yacht Designer and Artist, is suitable for a coffee-table! At approximately 8.5 x 10.5", this edition features a Strange biography and commentary on many of his designs. The book also includes drawings of 27 yacht designs, an appreciation of Strange the artist, a selction of cruising yarns, an updated collection of images of his paintings, photos of Strange boats afloat, and much more. 224 pages. 12 plates. Lots of drawings, illustrations and a comprehensive list of designs. Softcover with sewn binding, cover flaps and matt lamination.
The true story of three enthusiastic (but inexperienced) adventurers who attempt to become the first team to raft the entire length of the Amazon River–all 4,007 miles--and (barely) live to tell about it.
This hardbound copy comes with a dust jacket. 208 pages.
Equipped with cheerful optimism, invention, and persistence, this ordinary middle-aged man takes you on a sailing adventure from Florida's Nature Coast to Long Island Sound—2000 miles through open ocean, steamy Everglades, trackless marshes on the Intracoastal Waterway, more bridges and locks than you can count, and finally through New York's infamous Hell Gate. An epic story that proves it's never too late for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 317 pages/. Paperback. Copies SIGNED by the author.
Quite possibly the closest thing to a small-boat cruising bible, Beachcruising and Coastal Camping is 352 pages packed with information on boat selection, modifications and outfitting, as well as places to cruise and safety gear. The authors were clearly living the life all the way! Great photos and summaries boats like of Sea Pearls, Dovekies, Drascombes, Pelicans, sailing canoes, etc.
337 pages of small-boat exploration (some in an Oughtred Sooty Tern) by author Alex Zimmerman. Just published 2020.
"Becoming Coastal is an awe-inspiring collection of memories that describes a transformation from land-dweller to ocean adventurer. Passages call us alongside to hear the trials and errors, exhilarating achievements, and lessons learned. With each paddle stroke from his hand-made crafts, Zimmerman helps us understand the benefits and joys of traveling slowly, deliberately, and respectfully—and the inner growth that comes with it."
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By Robert and Jeanne Crawford. (As described in articles in SCA issues #65 and #66) Follow the evolution of "Black Feathers" from a stock 1961 Cal 20 sailboat into an effective rocket racer. Go with her and her skipper as they sail solo from San Francisco to beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai in the 2008 Singlehanded Transpac. 252 pages.
Toasts, tales & traditions of drinking's long history as a nautical pastime.
Here's a great little hardbound collection of wit and wisdom about where the sea and drinking meet. It's an enjoyable read and a spectacular reference for anyone seeking the right quote, toast or slogan. 112 pages. Dust jacket. $15.95
BREEZE: A True Story of Guts and Freedom by Rusty. 533 pages with many photos. $29.95.
The writing is raw, the language salty, and the author admits he couldn’t afford an editor, saying, “I’ll just have to get by without one, like I do with most other unreasonable, ghastly professional services, particularly doctors and lawyers.”
The eccentric author is clearly contemptuous of any and all formality. He doesn’t even bother to offer up his last name—the byline reads simply: Rusty.
A few pages in, somewhere after the author’s treatise on breast milk, but before he goes on a tirade about cops and other “Sissies in uniforms,” you might well be ready to give up. But the book is so wild, and the writing so brutally honest, that it’s also hard to look away.
Breeze is ostensibly about Rusty’s circumnavigation aboard Trekka II (built by John Guzzwell Jr.), and there are some hair-raising sailing stories within, but the sailing bits only come along between the fist fights, shark attacks and sexual encounters—and only when the author isn’t serving jail time.
Definitely not for the prudish, or faint of heart, Breeze is infuriating and intriguing, heart warming and heart breaking. Whatever you decide, don’t say we didn’t warn you.