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Suddenly overboard: True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble

What if you fell overboard?

It’s the nightmare scenario every boater loathes to ponder, but it makes for a captivating read.

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“Suddenly Overboard: True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble” (2013, International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, $22 paperback) by Tom Lochhaas is a collection of stories about sailors who found themselves in the water — and in trouble. Some are rescued, some live to tell their tales by sheer luck, and others meet their end.

Lochhaas, an experienced sailor who writes for, says his intent is to spur readers to ask: “If these are the ways most sailors actually die, then what if I were in that situation?” The final chapters focus on strategies for developing a new way of thinking about seamanship — always being prepared for “what-if” situations.

June 2013 issue