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Boating Books Reviews: One Flew Over The Crow’s Nest


One Flew Over The Crow’s Nest

Anyone who has cruised offshore knows the sea can play tricks on the mind. Imagine sailing across the Atlantic more than 600 years ago with only the stars to navigate by, or sailing alone around the world. It’s easy to envision going a bit wonky. Nic Compton’s Off The Deep End: A History Of Madness at Sea tells disturbing stories about people who lost their mind on board. 

The book’s 288 pages include stories of the mutiny aboard the whaleship Sharon, whose ruthless captain was murdered and left for the ship’s pigs, and the tale of Medusa, which saw survivors aboard rafts slaughter one another in a two-week melee. Additional tales of high-seas insanity include those of Christopher Columbus and Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny aboard the Bounty. (Adler Coles, $24)


Diesel Repairs

Whether you own a sailboat or powerboat, understanding how to maintain and protect your diesel can provide a great deal of satisfaction and peace of mind. In Marine Diesel Basics, author Dennison Berwick covers maintenance and upkeep, including layup, winterization, tropical storage and spring recommissioning. Maintenance regimens and troubleshooting techniques are explained with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Topics such as filtration, cooling, exhaust, electrical, fuel, lubrication, transmission, shaft seals and propellers also are discussed. Each chapter covers a system and describes how to maintain, troubleshoot and repair it, and lists the tools you’ll need to get the job done. (Voyage Press, $16)

Lost And Found


In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set out to discover a northern sea route linking the Atlantic and the Pacific. He mounted an expedition with the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror — and gathered 129 men. The trip was expected to take three years, but the ships never returned to Great Britain. They were last seen by the crews of two whaling ships in Baffin Bay off Greenland in July 1845. The wreck of the Erebus was found in 2014, the Terror in 2016, both off King William Island in the Canadian Arctic. Inside Sir John Franklin’s Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found are color photographs of artifacts and documents found on the ships and nearby islands, as well as a fascinating account of the voyages. (Adlard Coles, $28



Boating Books Review: Timeless Beauty

Whether it’s a beautiful varnished mahogany runabout cutting across a glassy lake or a sleek center console taking on a tumultuous inlet, Chris-Craft boats have an unmistakable look and impeccable style, in large part because the builder has been refining its designs for 144 years.


Boating books reviews: The Original Unsinkable

Few names in boating are as instantly recognizable as Boston Whaler. Celebrating 60 years in 2018, the company has a long-running reputation for building unsinkable, foam-cored boats.


Boating Books Review: Aloha, Molokai

Recently reprinted by Patagonia from the original 1978 first edition, Audrey Sutherland’s Paddling My Own Canoe is the story of her quest to explore the remote waters on the northeast side of Molokai, Hawaii.


Boating Books Review: Wrecks As Relics

Packed with powerful photographs of shipwrecks from all over the world, Stefano Banazzo’s 144-page Wrecks: The Memory Of The Sea commemorates these ships’ histories and the sailors who ran them.


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Click a button on your computer screen today and in a couple of days, a smartphone arrives from China.


Boating Books Reviews: Sailing to Purgatory

Author Paul Rodgers made his last single-handed voyage after nearly 20 years spent crossing the world’s oceans alone.

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Boating books reviews: Down East Intrique

The third in a series of nautical mysteries by Linda Greenlaw, Shiver Hitch chronicles the escapades of Jane Bunker, an ex-Miami homicide detective who moves back to Maine to become a marine insurance investigator.


Boating books reviews: If At First You Don’t Succeed

One of the world’s most accomplished sailboat racers, Jimmy Spithill has been at the helm of two successful America’s Cup campaigns.