Here's a must-have for beginner and novice boaters or anyone looking for a refresher. Don't Hit the Dock teaches mooring and docking, wind and current management, rules of the road, navigation lights, safety, and fuel and waste management. 40 Minutes. Color. 2011.
"Her book is nothing less than a love story for a wooden boat." —Tom Jackson, Woodenboat.
From the cover: "Around-the-world sailor, writer, and traveler Kaci Cronkhite knew better than to buy a wooden boat. But in 2007—smitten by the buxom curves of Pax and inspired by a life in the wind—she did. What transpired after that was a love story, an international mystery, and a seven-year quest. It was an unexpected journey for both author and boat."
Local author and friend of the magazine Kaci Cronkhite's just-released book is receiving rave reviews, and for limited time the copies offered through SCA are SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
Beautifully bound soft cover. 199 pages. Photo and illustrations.
Generations of children and their parents have delighted in Arthur Ransome’s series of twelve ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books, but one of them stands out from the rest as being of a different order altogether. We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea is both larger of theme and tighter of plot; it is a rite-of-passage tale quite unlike the others, and in describing the experiences of its protagonist John it illuminates much of Ransome’s own psychology.
Good Little Ship is a blend of literary criticism, maritime history and sheer celebration. Peter Willis combines an analysis of a classic of maritime literature (“a book of which Conrad would have been proud” – Hugh Brogan) with the story of the Nancy Blackett, Ransome’s own boat which appears as the Goblin in his story. He describes her life, near-death and restoration, and her renaissance as an ambassador for Ransome and his tales.
This gorgeous, nicely bound book includes numerous color and black & white photos. From our friends at Lodestar Books in the U.K. 218 pages. $21.95
We're fortunate to have a small batch of Charles "A.C." Stock's final book coming to us from across the pond.
The content is vintage Stock and all small-boats. A highly engaging account of sixty-plus years plying the inland and coastal waters of south-east England, mostly singlehanded — the last half-century in the tiny gaffer Shoal Waters herself. 219 pages paperback with 8 color photo pages plus relevant maps.
In July of 1984, author Marlin Bree sailed alone on Lake Superior in his 20-foot home-built wooden sailboat. He had set out to have a unique sailing adventure and to discover for himself some of the legends and folklore of the world's largest freshwater lake. 228 pages. Soft Cover.
Author's account of his six-year voyage to sail on the world's highest and lowest bodies of water. Jones overcomes the hardships along the way with wit and charm and pure ferocity. (Sailing on a small craft, a 21-foot Debutante bilge-keeler.)
Readers of Small Craft Advisor magazine are already familiar with Jagular, a fourteen-foot boat the author built in his back yard from cheap plywood, a couple of 2x4's for a mast, a closet rod for a boom, and a twenty-dollar plastic tarp for a sail. Since then, author and boat have travelled hundreds of miles together, and have managed to keep afloat so far despite suffering more than their fair share of capsizes, dismastings, and other near disasters. Jagular Goes Everywhere combines previously published stories (about half the book) with brand-new material that will take readers on a series of unlikely small boat adventures from the coast of Texas to the waters of northern Wisconsin, the Great Lakes, and beyond.
Fantastic! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. There's so much good stuff in there I'm not sure what my favorite line would be. —Small Craft Advisor Magazine reader mail
A collection of short memoirs about all the boating the author has done and the waterfront life he's lead. Most of it is nearly true and the rest has been enhanced to...well, it just has. It's really about either growing old and dying or continuing boating. (Mostly small boats, as seen in Messing About in Boats)
Here's a great way to introduce your love of small boats and adventure to your kids, grand kids, nephews and nieces. This 3-pack of books includes:
1. Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen
A gripping survival tale begins when David's favorite uncle dies after asking David to scatter his ashes at sea. David sails his uncle's small boat without checking weather reports, and a sudden storm creates disaster. Low on food, becalmed, attacked by a shark, and escorted by killer whales, David hangs on against the odds. A harrowing, uplifting adventure short enough for reluctant readers.
2. The Boat Who Wouldn't Float
Happy Adventure was a schooner with one fatal flaw. It leaked like a sieve. So why would anyone repeatedly expose himself and his friends to the elements of the North Atlantic in a treacherous, stubborn, uncomfortable, unfloatable boat which at last count, has sunk eight times? Any explanation of this appalling narative seems outrageously unlikely. But the story is true. All too true. And it's decidedly the funniest story yet from Farley Mowat, whose books have sold over a million and a half copies in this country alone.
3. Davy's Dream
A young boy's sailing adventures with orcas in the wild Pacific Northwest. Wonderful color illustrations. A true delight.
Save on shipping as all three books ship together as one item.
Recounts the journey of a stranded Massachusetts fisherman who in 1883 rowed for five days without food or water, and later set records for solo travel across oceans. Remarkable small-boat adventure here. 336 pages.
Roger Taylor's accounts of is extraordinary voyages aboard his 21-foot Corribee sailboat MINGMING. This is some serious small-craft sailing, with Taylor venturing to Iceland, Rockall, the Faroes, Jan Mayen and the Greenland Ice. A real education, this 360-page text is a "must have" for every small-boat sailor's library. See issues #75 and #76 for our interview with Taylor.—Eds
and the Tonic of Wildness
In his third book singlehanded sailor Roger Taylor ventures to even more remote seas aboard his tiny junk-rigged yacht Mingming. The first voyage, across the North Atlantic to Baffin Island, is curtailed when Taylor is injured in a storm in the Davis Strait. Unwilling to sail on into the ice with a broken rip, he turns around and re-crosses the Atlantic to Plymouth, completeing a non-stop voyage of over 4000 miles. The second voyage takes the reader to Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen, and on to 80 degrees north—virtually as close as it is possible to the North Pole. During there two voyages Taylor spends well over four months at sea, observing and reflecting on the sea itself, its wildlife, its attraction, and man's uneasy realtionship with it.
285 pages. Includes photos.