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Lost Maine Coastal Schooners

Wooden ships of a bygone era

Wooden schooners graced coastal Maine for more than a century as vessels of trade and commerce.



Caribbean Passagemeking

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.



“Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961”

Hemingway and his boat: a love story

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.



Safer Offshore — Crisis Management and Emergency Repairs at Sea

Coping with trouble when you’re offshore

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.



Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast –– A Postmodern Experience

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.



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