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The days of a boater’s life

Here are two items to help the boater keep track of time

Start the new year with “The Nauti-Benders Page-A-Day Boater’s Calendar” ($13.99, Penchant Publishing, 2009).

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The full-color pages give puzzlers that have the answers printed on the next day to deter would-be-cheaters.

In its 15th year, this little beauty is full of information helpful to both sailors and powerboaters on any skill level. Plus, each piece of trivia includes a related photo featuring everything from maps to Coast Guard mishaps.

For those who would like to have their trivia but also want a place to log their weekly adventures, there’s “The Mariner’s Book of Days 2010,” ($14.95, Sheridan House, Inc., 2009) by Peter H. Spectre.

Now in its 19th year, the planner is filled with nautical folklore, history, poems and even recipes for every single week of the year. Each volume is unique and previous editions have become collector's items, according to the publisher. Spiralbound and soft cover, each righthand page gives the week with room for your notes, whereas the lefthand page is overflowing with illustrations, engraviings and watercolors surrounding miscellany that evokes the rich traditions of the sea.

Spectre has been editor of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine since 1999 and was prreviously editor of WoodenBoat magazine. He lives and writes in Spruce Head, Maine. For information, contact editor Jeannine Simon at

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue.