Every mariner worth his or her salt has a few knots committed to memory. The Essential Knot Book for Boats, by Colin Jarman — an avid sailor who’s a professional marine photographer — can be an indispensable tool for those times when the memory fails (International Marine, $14 paperback, www.InternationalMarine.com). Now in its fourth edition, the book stands out with its blend of colorful diagrams and vivid photos of finished knots, bends, hitches, whippings and splices (44 in all). You also get dos and don’ts, information about rope materials and their properties, and suggestions about what’s best for the task.
August 2014 issue
Eight decades of Hinckley
Hinckley’s 85-year history of building finely crafted yachts is chronicled in Hinckley Yachts: An American Icon, (Rizzoli New York, $65). Nick Voulgaris III showcases the builder’s rich history from hand-crafted wooden sailboats launched in 1928 to the technologically advanced powerboats of today.
A guide by your side
Dozier’s Waterway Guide Northern Edition for many is indispensable for cruising the Atlantic coast from Cape May, N.J., to Maine, including the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay.
Strong will required
An 8,500-mile voyage by an adventurous bluewater sailor evolves into a test of the skipper’s mettle and his family’s resolve in “The Other Side of the Ice: One Family’s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage,” by Sprague Theobald (Smith Publicity, $18.93 hardcover on Amazon, $7.99 Kindle).
Paintings of saltwater fish
Renowned naturalist, artist and angler James Prosek captures 35 of the most pursued fish, from striped bass to swords, in beautifully detailed watercolor paintings in “Ocean Fishes” (Rizzoli, $27.20 hardcover, Amazon).
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