Caribbean cruising advice
The chain of islands from the Virgins to the southern Caribbean comprises some of the most desirable tropical cruising grounds on the planet.
There are numerous biographies of Ernest Hemingway and his larger-than-life personality. Author Paul Hendrickson approached his from a different angle: the novelist’s beloved 38-foot Wheeler Playmate, Pilar.
Far from shore, where options for help are limited, self-reliance is essential. When something goes wrong, the way the skipper and crew react can be the difference between life and death. “Safer Offshore — Crisis Management and Emergency Repairs at Sea” by Ed Mapes (2010, Paradise Cay Publications, $19.95 paperback, 283 pages) catalogs solutions to problems boaters can encounter on the ocean.
The world’s largest fish tank
Milton S. Love, a research biologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute, has authored a unique book that chronicles 490 of the more than 1,500 species of fish that make their home in Pacific coast waters, with color photographs, still-life reproductions and cartoons.
Boat design from a master
Naval architect Dave Martin has designed boats for more than 55 years and counts decades of boating off southern New Jersey.
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