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South to Alaska

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.

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Gib’s Odyssey: A Tale of Faith and Hope on the Intracoastal Waterway

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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Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets

Sailing tips from a pro

Peter Isler is a two-time America’s Cup winner with a collection of racing hardware in his trophy case. He shares what he has learned about sailing techniques over 40 years in “Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets” (2011, Wiley, $19.95 hardcover, 183 pages).

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Florida Cruising Directory

Cruising Florida and the Bahamas

Cruisers who head south every year will find valuable tips for navigating the waters of Florida and the Bahamas in the latest edition of the Florida Cruising Directory.

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Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America

Risky voyage spurred by ethics and principles

The paperback version of journalist John Vigor's "Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America" relaunches a biography originally published in 2004 (2011, Sheridan House, $17.95).

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