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“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.



Book of Dave Martin Designs — Celebrating 55 Years in Private Practice

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.



Well out to sea

Life on a remote island

What is it like to live on an island 22 miles offshore with only three dozen winter residents and where the local economy is lobstering?



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