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Boating Book Reviews: Have Paddle, Will Travel


Have Paddle, Will Travel

Audrey Sutherland decided at age 60 that she’d undertake a solo, summerlong kayak voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska. In Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage, Sutherland describes what became the first two of more than 20 annual trips, with day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. In 22 years, she encountered more than 30 bears, four wolves and hundreds of whales. Her lifelong philosophy, “Go simple, go solo, go now,” is illustrated in this reflection-filled book, which includes maps, illustrations and camp food recipes. ($17, Patagonia)


Wonder Woman

Stricken by a lifelong love affair with the water, Mary McKSchmidt enjoys sailing with her husband on beautiful — but unpredictable — Lake Michigan. After discovering that the Great Lakes were at great risk from pollution and climate change, she packed up their boat and set out on a mission to clean up and protect these vast, beautiful bodies of water. She writes about her journey in Uncharted Waters: Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes. The witty book shares the stories of love, a Fortune 500 executive learning to sail, and the fight for a life she holds dear. ($15, 14 Karat Books)


The Ultimate Cruise

Browse through any nautical sailing section and you’ll find around-the-world accounts of storms, dismastings, coral atoll groundings and heroic open-ocean rescues. But what about everyday sailors who dream of more tranquil circumnavigations? Zeke Holland’s A Satisfying Sail Around the World is relatable to sailors of all skill levels. The author brings readers on board for a world cruise, starting and finishing in Maine via South America, the Cape of Good Hope, Indonesia, Australia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and the Atlantic. The book includes more than 400 photos. ($17, Wandering Words)

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue.



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