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Boating books review: New illustrated take on old whale tales

wreckIt’s well known that Herman Melville’s seminal novel Moby-Dick was inspired by a real-life disaster, which Nathaniel Philbrick details in his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex.



Boating books review: Boat project morphs into detective story

rowdyMany sailors know well the legend of Rowdy, a 65-foot New York 40 launched in 1916.



Book reviews: Classics relaunched

20000Four beloved books have returned in distinctive republications that feature celebrity introductions.



The Boat Cookbook: Real Food for Hungry Sailors

From the galley

With 85 “fuss-free” recipes, detailed photographs and a colorful design, The Boat Cookbook: Real Food for Hungry Sailors (Bloomsbury Publishing, $19.99) is a feast for the tummy and the eyes. A food writer for some of Britain’s top newspapers and magazines, Fiona Sims has learned from some of the world’s top chefs. The idea for her book came after her sailor husband kept losing her hand-scribbled recipes for galley cooking. The book includes recipes for cooking meals on the hook, at sea and at home for taking aboard, as well as toddies for voyaging. There’s also a chapter on galley tools, with tips and advice learned from time spent aboard.

January 2015 issue


Blue Marlin Magic

Big game, big book

Steve Campbell’s Blue Marlin Magic (Wild River Press, $100) is an anomaly of sorts — a coffee-table book with a wealth of real-world fishing insight in its 580 pages and more than 1,000 photos from award-winning photographers. Campbell is a seasoned captain from New Zealand who has spent a lifetime fishing the South Pacific, where he operates a lodge in the Kingdom of Tonga. He claims to have landed 1,730 blue marlin in the past 14 years. He knows his prey, towing an underwater camera while fishing, then analyzing the data. The book is a visual feast seen through the lenses of photographers Doug Perrine, Jon Schwartz and Kim Westerkov.

January 2015 issue


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