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Book Notes Sept 2007 Mid-Atlantic

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“Phil said the whole problem is that the ocean is pissed off at man for leaving the sea; we chose to become land creatures, and Neptune just hasn’t gotten over it.”

— World Voyagers

“Phil said the whole problem is that the ocean is pissed off at man for leaving the sea; we chose to become land creatures, and Neptune just hasn’t gotten over it.”

— World Voyagers

Build the boat, sail the world

Artist/veterinarian Amy Wood and her wooden-boat builder husband Philip Shelton spent three years aboard gaff-rigged cutter Iwalani, designed and built by the couple.

Their book “World Voyagers” ($29.95, Book Orchard Press, April 2007) began as a series of weekly blogs on www.worldvoyagers.com about the journey before being collected into a 432-page hardcover version.

Wood outfitted the boat as a small animal hospital, neutering and spaying animals in areas without vets as well as caring for injured wildlife encountered along the way. Eschewing the typical travel guide style of describing “destination hot spots” in favor of dialogue with locals and her travel companions, Wood engages the reader in her personal accounts through such locations as the Bahamas, Galapagos, Fiji and Capetown. In Port Antonio, she describes a dish typically served at Jamaican weddings: “Apparently, a real head was removed from a real goat, smashed up with a lead pipe and then all the parts were put in a big pot along with some other choice tidbits, including the cloven hooves and intestines.”

The book is illustrated with some of Wood’s paintings and 32 color pages of photos along with original cartoons, maps and poems. At the end is Wood’s glossary of terms found in the book, although she cautions: “Some old salts may disagree with my definitions — tough toerails, I’m not changing anything!”

Contact: Book Orchard Press, Inc., www.bookorchard.com

High adventure, but low cost

Jerry Cardwell took the title of his book “Sailing Big on a Small Sailboat” ($19.95, Sheridan House, Inc., April 2007) from his first law of sailing big: You can sail big on a small sailboat far more easily and for much less money than you can sail small on a big sailboat.

Buyers and sailors learn to evaluate boats ranging 22 to 26 feet, including Catalina, Hunter and MacGregor, and to select the boat and accessories for the most enjoyment from the smallest investment. The entries are complemented by both black-and-white photos and line drawings. The third edition of the book, revised by Dieter Loibner, has been expanded to include several new models, including the Com-Pac, Etap, Rhodes and the Santana. Also included is a chapter on safe and smart trailering and ramp launching.

Jerry Cardwell sailed for more than 20 years, always in sailboats under 30 feet, and authored several books, including the first two editions of “Sailing Big on a Small Sailboat.” Dieter Loibner is a small-boat sailor, author of “The Folkboat Story,” and Sailing Editor for Soundings.

Contact: The Sheridan House, Inc. www.sheridanhouse.com