John C. Payne is a sailor and a professional marine electrical engineer and surveyor. He knows what makes boats work and what makes them fail. The author of multiple books, including “Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible,” has two more entries in his “Understanding …” series.
Cruising guides for sailing to paradise
Cruising Guide Publications has updated two of its colorful 27-by-17-inch waterproof, spiral-bound guidebooks with the 30th edition of its “Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands” (2011-12, $31.95, 418 pages) and the 15th edition of the “Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands” (2011, $29.95, 432 pages).
Long Island Sound and our nation’s history
Connecticut historian Richard Radune has penned a non-fiction account of the influence that Long Island Sound and its myriad harbors, coves and navigable rivers had on American history from 1750 to 1820.
Father, dreamer, voyager
The story is simple: A 10-year-old Oklahoma farm boy dreams of a great adventure. Fifty years later, after carving out a career and raising a family, Melvin Owens builds a 47-foot boat in his backyard and launches it on the Arkansas River, setting off on a 10,000-mile voyage to Alaska via the Panama Canal.
A final voyage of hope and faith
When time is short, people with terminal illnesses can choose any number of ways to mark their final days. Gib Peters opted for a solo Intracoastal Waterway cruise aboard a 24-year-old, 29-foot Wellcraft Sportsbridge named Ka Ching. He departed Key West bound for New York City — and back again.
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