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The Dangerous Book for Boaters

Campy cruising comedy

Those looking for some offbeat reading to bring aboard this summer should look no further than “The Dangerous Book for Boaters” ($9.95, Marlor Press, 2009), a collection of fortune-cookie-sized bits of boating wisdom by award-winning writer Marlin Bree.

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Not for the faint of heart, this book explores the rough and seedy side of boating, covering the downwind rail’s importance in cases of mal de mer, successful navigation of the head, and one-finger salutes … among other topics. The majority of the book, however, is dedicated to the humorous treatment of marine relationships — captain and crew, crew and captain, captain and boat, boater and other boater, spouse and spouse, etc.

Marlin Bree is the author of “Wake of the Green Storm: A Survivor’s Tale,” and is the recipient of more than 50 writing and editing awards, including the West Marine Writer’s Award.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2009 issue.