After learning to sail his Wayfarer dinghy in coastal waters, a teenage Peter Clutterbuck decided to embark in a real-life Swallows and Amazons adventure—setting out on incredible voyages across the high seas. He and a series of intrepid crew first sailed across the Channel, then braved the notorious Bay of Biscay, cruised the Mediterranean, before tackling the North Sea and Baltic.
They lived aboard the 16-foot dinghy for months at a time, without a cabin, exposed to the sea, completing some of the longest voyages then achieved in an open boat. Sailing on the edge, often on stormy nights, they survived towering waves, gales, capsizes, dismasting, nine rudder breakages in heavy seas, getting lost in fog, and hallucinations caused by sleep deprivation.
Beautifully written and charmingly told, with plenty of offbeat humour, this is a classic true story and a delightfully entertaining and engaging insight into a golden age of freedom and adventure.
"Christian Beamish's solo, motorless, and totally impractical journey dazzles. In prose as smooth as morning glass, he reminds us of the value of 'blood memory,' and the wisdom of solitude." —Jamie Brisick
A low-tech, self-reliant exploration for surf along the coast of North America in a boat built by hand. (Open boat designed by Iain Oughtred). —Eds
Hardbound with dust jacket. 343 pages. Patagonia Books. First edition.
Regular Small Craft Advisor contributor Steve Ladd's gritty memoir Three Years in a 12-Foot Boat, about his adventures, trials and tribulations on a 15,000-mile solo expedition in a tiny handmade boat. Ladd ranges from Montana to the pirate-infested coast of Panama and Colombia, across the Andes, and through the Carribean. Along the way he is robbed, capsized, arrested and befriended as he sails and rows through a tumult of uncharted adventures.
This version is an instantly downloadable PDF. 388 pages.
From regular SCA contributor Stephen Ladd comes a second edition of his modern small-boat classic—Three Years in a 12-Foot Boat. This version is updated with a gorgeous new cover image by Rick Myers and a foreword by our own Josh Colvin.
For anyone who dreams of sailing away, here's a gritty memoir of a 15,000-mile solo expedition in a tiny, handmade boat. Bent on discovery, Ladd ranges from Montana to a harrowing sail along the pirate-ridden coast of Panama and Colombia, across the Andes, down a river at night to avoid guerrillas, and through the Caribbean. Robbed, capsized, arrested and befriended, he rows and sails through a tumult of uncharted adventures.
Stow away with a poetic storyteller on a stormy voyage through freedom and fear, loneliness and love.
A popular new hardbound with dust jacket children's book that is perfect as a bedtime read: A little boy has a toy boat that he made out of a can, a cork, a yellow pencil, and some white cloth. The boy and his boat are inseparable . . . until the day the wind pushes the boat out into the wide lake, and the little boat must face fierce waves, a grumpy ferry, a sassy schooner, and a growling speed boat if he is to find his way home. From Randall de Seve and bestselling artist Loren Long, creator of the Otis series and illustrator of The Little Engine That Could, comes a child-friendly adventure sure to inspire imaginative toy play.
"With plenty of buoyant charm and imaginative artwork, this contemporary Little Toot has an abundance of child appeal."--Booklist, starred review
"A resonant tale with wide appeal."--Publishers Weekly
This is the large, 9 x 10" version.
From the cover: "Tranquility is an instant Pacific Northwest Classic and required reading for anyone with a love of adventure, romance and the unknown. Honest and thought provoking, funny and tragic, Tranquility is a sea story, a land story, a love story and a life story that will captivate anyone with a stake in the human condition and the courage to risk it all." A new small-boat adventure book that we've seen receiving rave reviews (TRANQUILITY has been nominated for an American Bookseller’s Association Indie; a 2017 Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association award and is a Staff Pick at Powell’s City of Books and University Bookstore). 380+ pages, nicely bound and beautifully rendered First Edition paperback full of pen and ink maps, drawings and black and white photos. $21.95
A new edition of John Guzzwell's, Trekka Round the World. Long out-of-print, this international classic is the story of John's circumnavigation on his 20-foot yawl Trekka. During his voyage John leaves Trekka to crew for the Smeatons aboard Tzu Hang, and off Cape Horn they survive a pitchpole. In a new epilogue Guzzwell recounts his experiences and sailing adventures since the book first appeared in the 1960s; included are previously unpublished photos and a foreword by America's renowned bluewater sailor-author Hal Roth.
John Guzzwell updates his classic in this entirely new edition with previously unpublished anecdotes and photographs. Included are John's recent accomplishments in his Endangered Species, in which he competed in the 1998 Singlehanded TransPac Race.
From square-rigger shipwreck to a life of small-boat cruising.
Aged just 23, and already set on a life of adventure, Roger Taylor signed up as an able seaman on the square-rigger Endeavor II, bound for New Zealand. The voyage turned into a terrifying ordeal as the ship was caught in a tropical storm and driven onto a hostile shore
The Northwest's best-selling, most popular cruising guide. Informative and entertaining. Complete and up-to-date information on marinas, state and provincial parks, anchoring and piloting for all of Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, B.C., and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Includes the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound, North Coast of B.C. Articles on VHF radio usage, navigation aids, charts and more. With detailed marina maps, overview maps, and tons of photos. 383 pages.
Lone sailor meets Storm of the Century aboard his 20-foot sloop.
Roaring out of nowhere on July 4, 1999, a storm with 100 m.p.h. straight-line winds tore onto Lake Superior. Without warning, a lone sailor and his wooden boat were caught in a wall of wind. Wake of the Green Storm is the inspiring true tale of seafaring in a last frontier. 224 pages. Soft Cover. Autographed.
A sail and power cruising guide to Lake Huron's North Channel and Georgian Bay, the Twin Saults, Drummond, Les Cheneaux and Mackinac Islands. By Marjorie Cahn Brazer. Includes GPS data. 37th Anniversary Edition. 8.5 x 11", 172 pages, spiral bound.