A seasoned tour guide on board
“Waterway Guide Northern 2012” (Dozier Media Group, $39.95 spiral-bound, 552 pages) is the updated cruising companion for boaters exploring the Atlantic coast from Cape May, N.J., to Maine, as well as the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay.
A master anglercasts tales and tips
The tribe of striped bass anglers can be found all along the Atlantic coast, and those who know New Englander Sherwood Lincoln consider him to be among the best. “Striperman: Confessions & Secrets of a Commercial Pin-Hooker” (Shur-Bet, 2012, $19.95 paperback, 230 pages) is the story of his life chasing line-siders and the elusive 50-pounder.
Dreamers with a sense of humor
The familiar tale of a couple who dream of chucking the 9-to-5 lifestyle to go cruising is told with an insightful sense of humor in Renee D. Petrillo’s “A Sail of Two Idiots,” (International Marine, 2012, $12.16 paperback through Amazon, 304 pages).
Weather conditions and your boat
In the second edition of “The Boater’s Weather Guide” Margaret Williams aims to prepare anyone who ventures out on the water for the conditions they will inevitably encounter (2011, Schiffer Publishing, $7.95, 160 pages, paperback).
The book is broken into two sections. Part I explains climate and weather, particularly wind speed and direction, visibility and storms. Part II focuses on how weather affects boats of different design and size. Williams offers explanations for what causes conditions to change, how to tell what upcoming conditions are likely to be and how to recognize when foul weather can be expected. The book features more than 50 images, maps and diagrams.
Williams has logged 50,000 nautical miles with her husband, Archie, and acknowledges that weather was usually her greatest concern.
October 2012 issue
The Civil War, fought at sea
Naval history fans may already be familiar with Randall Peffer’s “Seahawk” series of books that novelize the real-life adventures of Capt. Raphael Semmes, a skilled seaman in the Confederate Navy whose ship, the CSS Alabama, burned and seized dozens of Union Navy ships during the Civil War.
“Seahawk Burning” is the final volume in the trilogy (2012, Tyrus Books, $15.95, 320 pages, paperback). With spy games, mutinies and storms woven into the plot, the author leads Semmes — President Lincoln’s Public Enemy No. 1 — and his crew into an epic sea battle with the USS Kearsarge, captained by his old friend John A. Winslow.
Peffer is a former travel writer and mariner aboard numerous vessels — a skipjack, cargo schooner, cod longliner — and he writes with a strong sense of life aboard.
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