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Log or blog: one teen solo sailor’s account

12d_booksAustralian teen Jessica Watson drew international attention - and criticism - when she undertook a solo circumnavigation attempt at the age of 16. She completed her sail around the world May 15 aboard a Sparkman & Stephens 34 sloop.

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Seamanship authority is updated

12a_booksSafety at sea never goes out of style. "The Elements of Seamanship: Third Edition" ($12.95, Flat Hammock Press, 2009) was first written by Roger C. Taylor more than 25 years ago and has been updated to be more relevant to the boaters of today.

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The essential guide to Mid-Atlantic waters

12b_booksThe firsthand detail and advice found in the "Atlantic Cruising Club's Guide To Mid-Atlantic/ICW Marinas" ($39.95, Jerawyn Publishing, 2010) by Beth Adams-Smith is invaluable. The full-color oversized seventh edition covers the coast from Hampton, Va., to St. Marys, Ga., and features 216 marina reports with more than 5,000 photos that detail what's on site, what's nearby and what it will cost to dock.

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A disaster averted, now recounted

12c_booksOn Oct. 20, 2002, Capt. Dave Shoemaker headed out onto the Bering Sea at the helm of the 190-foot longliner Galaxy and was soon fighting for his life and those of his crew. Intended as (and priced as) a safety training DVD for the commercial marine industry, "Lessons from the Galaxy: Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea" ($295, John Sabella & Associates, 2010) tells the story of Shoemaker's struggles when an on-board fire threatens the lives of everyone aboard and reinforces the importance of regular safety training, no matter how much boating experience one might have.

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Charting the course of a boating legacy

16_liveyankees_01The Sewall family of Bath, Maine, built and managed a fleet of more than 100 merchant deepwater square-rigged vessels in the late 1800s and dealt with everything from mutiny to shipwrecks during their voyages.

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