Adventure and Sailing Stories

Adventure and Sailing Stories

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Bottoms Up! A Cocktail of Liquid Lore by Robert McKenna

Bottoms Up! A Cocktail of Liquid Lore by Robert McKenna

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
$15.95
BREEZE: A Story of Guts and Freedom

BREEZE: A Story of Guts and Freedom

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.
$29.95
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Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures by Marlin Bree

Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures by Marlin Bree

A remarkable collection of well-told tales. Includes "10-Feet Across the Pacific" about Gerry Speiss, Small Boat Battles Storm of the Century and many more. 216 pages. Soft cover. Autographed!
$15.95
Bucking the Tide: Making Do and Discovering the Wild New England and Fundy Coast in a $400 Yacht by David Buckman

Bucking the Tide: Making Do and Discovering the Wild New England and Fundy Coast in a $400 Yacht by David Buckman

Come aboard the sloop "Leight," a wreck of a $400, 18-foot long (Converted Lightning) home-grown cruiser that leaks like a White House aide, and join a crew as green as grass as they adventure along the dramatic New England and Bay of Fundy coast. 212 page soft cover. Signed by the author.
$18.95
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Call of thr North Wind by Marlin Bree (CLON)

Call of thr North Wind by Marlin Bree (CLON)

Adventure Ahead! In his home-built 20-foot sailboat and a thirty-five foot catamaran, Marlin Bree retraces voyages of lost ships, early explorers, and heroic sea captains. Legends, history and folklore. 202 pages. Soft cover.
$16.95
Caly's Island: A Mystical Voyage

Caly's Island: A Mystical Voyage

Fresh off the presses it's master storyteller and small-boat sailor Dick Herman's new adventure novel—about trailersailing!

Six geezers in six small craft, caught in the wildest adventure. Their own Odyssey—packed with the same monsters, mysterious women and capricious gods who tormented Ulysses. They have to find their way home...somehow.

SCA readers will likely recognize these characters and their boats—and you will certainly enjoy the voyage!
$14.99
Canoes: A Natural History in North America

Canoes: A Natural History in North America

From the back of the dust jacket: “(the authors) have written a wonderfully detailed biography of the vessel that made North America possible, treating it as a living, breathing personality. As enjoyable as a swift, steady, and smooth river, this is the ideal book for canoeists—the perfect canoe trip of a read.—Roy MacGregor, author of Canoe Country: The Making of Canada.”

Hardbound at 371 color pages (approximately 8 x 10 inches), this coffee-table-worthy masterpiece weighs in at more than three pounds!
$35.95 $39.95 10%
Catalan Castaway: A Sail and Oar Story by Ben Crawshaw

Catalan Castaway: A Sail and Oar Story by Ben Crawshaw

From the publisher's description:

The adventure might be small, but the fears and dangers—not to mention the achievement—are very real —Tom Cunliffe, Yachting World

I was blown away by this book’s production —Paul Constantine, Dinghy Cruising

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book—twice so far —WoodenBoat

A sail-and-oar adventure in our own boat, one having the inevitable beauty of a form which accurately meets function – this is the dream of many of us. But Ben Crawshaw shows us that the dream is nearer to our grasp than we may think. In Gavin Atkin’s Light Trow design he found a vision of beauty, a promise of seaworthiness, and an affordable boatbuilding project which would require the most simple and accessible of materials, and just basic woodworking ability.

Within months he was afloat in Onawind Blue, and Catalan Castaway recounts his day-sails, beach-camping cruises and a challenging longer voyage, over a five year period on the Catalan coast of Spain, where he lives with his partner and young family. Onawind Blue has been Ben’s passport to the traditional maritime community of the region, so in addition to her own exploits we learn of the indigenous boat types, many now endangered, and the dedicated band of people who keep them alive. Ben’s increasingly ambitious adventures have sometimes made him draw on deep reserves of physical and mental strength, as has his personal battle with the ‘giant octopus’ of serious illness, happily now at bay.

$14.95
Creeksailor: Ready About on the River Blackwater by Tony Smith

Creeksailor: Ready About on the River Blackwater by Tony Smith

Sub-titled "Exploring the creeks, ditches and shoals in a small boat," This "pocket book for the pocket cruiser" describes Tony Smith's adventures exploring the shallows of the U.K's Essex and Blackwater estuary region. Tony speaks specifically to the pocket cruiser and does not pretend to teach you how to cross the Channel or navigate a modern 40-footer in blue water—but he does know something about pushing, shoving, pulling, poling, and rowing his little boat up every inch of ever creek of the River Blackwater.

This 147-page book includes many wonderful color photos as well as a nice little interview with the author's mentor, the recently deceased legendary small-boat cruiser, Charles Stock. All in all a nice little book that puts one in the mood for creek crawling and poking about.

Because we try to find these less-well-known titles, and we have to import them directly form the U.K., in small batches, what would normally be an $18.95 retail price is now $29.95.
$29.95
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Dangerous Book for Boaters

Dangerous Book for Boaters

A good-humored waterfront guide to the ways and wiles of boaters everywhere. From making sense of salty sayings to dealing with a rowdy crew, this compact reference will amuse and enlighten landlubbers and give seadogs many a laugh. Classic illustrations.
$9.95
Dead on the Wind by Marlin Bree

Dead on the Wind by Marlin Bree

Regular SCA contributor, Marlin Bree has just released his new novel, Dead on the Wind. Called a "high-seas whodunit." A struggling boating writer starts out investigating missing boats in a new around-the-world sailboat race—and finds murder..." A nautical thriller bristles with suspense and intrigue and catapaults the reader into the world of ocean racing, storms, and giant waves. Dead on the Wind is a harrowing tale drawn from present day real-life adventures on the high seas. 240 pages.
$14.99
Desperate Voyage

Desperate Voyage

In 1946 John Caldwell, stranded in Panama after the war, sets out on a Desperate Voyage to Sydney to rejoin his wife, Mary, whom he had not seen since their three-day honeymoon over a year before. A rank beginner, Caldwell spends 10 days learning the rudiments of navigation before departing in his small yacht on a 9,000-mile journey including a hurricane.
$14.95