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We’re gonna need a bigger boat

We’re gonna need a bigger boat

November 20, 2023 at 12:00 am

December 2023 By Randy Randall Four Months in a Sneak-Box by Nathaniel H. Bishop. Lee & Shepard Publishers. 1879. 348 pp. $19.13. Kindle Edition free. When it comes to cruising, how small a vessel is too small? Extraordinary voyages in ridiculously small boats, it seems, have been a maritime traditionRead More

Simplicity and out-of-the-box thinking

Simplicity and out-of-the-box thinking

September 25, 2023 at 12:00 am

Fall 2023 Boats with an Open Mind: Seventy-Five Unconventional Designs and Concepts by Phil Bolger. McGraw Hill, LLC. 1994. 432 pp. $22.   Reviewed by Randy Randall “Boats with an Open Mind: Seventy-Five Unconventional Designs and Concepts” is Phil Bolger’s last published book. He died in 2009, but his influenceRead More

Jack of all trades, master of some

Jack of all trades, master of some

August 21, 2023 at 12:00 am

How To Build a Tin Canoe: Confessions of an Old Salt by Robb White. Hyperion Books. 2003. 228 pp. $45 (Hardcover). September 2023 Reviewed by Bob Muggleston Ever meet someone who might have missed his calling? After reading “How to Build a Tin Canoe: Confessions of an Old Salt,” byRead More

‘Swallows and Amazons’ still delights

‘Swallows and Amazons’ still delights

June 19, 2023 at 12:00 am

July 2023 By Randy Randall We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea (Swallows and Amazons) by Arthur Ransome, Jonathan Cape Ltd. 1937; 333 pp, $15. If you didn’t happen to grow up in the UK, you might not know about a series of children’s books called “Swallows and Amazons.” IRead More

A love song to home waters

A love song to home waters

May 22, 2023 at 12:00 am

June 2023 Still Water Bending by Wendy Mitman Clarke, Head to Wind Publishing 2017; 351pp, $17. Reviewed by Christopher Birch There’s been a lot of rumbling lately about the elusive work/life balance. For Jines Arley Evans, that issue is not a concern: The man just fishes. His boat is hisRead More

Turbulent seas abroad

Turbulent seas abroad

May 22, 2023 at 12:00 am

June 2023 War Sailor Maria Ekerhovd (Producer). Gunnar Vikene (Writer and Director). (2022). (Norwegian: Krigsseileren). Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/ Review by Webb Chiles Singapore. 1948. A European man is comatose in what appears to be an opium den. Another European man arrives, deliberately seeking him. “War Sailor,” a Norwegian-made, three-part Netflix series,Read More

The Tangvald saga revisited

The Tangvald saga revisited

April 24, 2023 at 12:00 am

In The Boy Who Fell to Shore: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Thomas Thor Tangvald By Charles J. Doane, Lata Books, 2022, 298 pp, $19.95 May 2023 By Tim Murphy When I was a kid and circumnavigators were gods, Per (“Peter”) Tangvald was a Titan. He was theRead More

Herreshoff’s attempt to enlighten the rest of us

Herreshoff’s attempt to enlighten the rest of us

March 20, 2023 at 12:00 am

Spring 2023 The Compleat Cruiser – the Art, practice, and Enjoyment of Boating By L. Francis Herreshoff, published by Sheridan House, 1963. By Randy Randall Arthur Wiley was a farmer, an airplane pilot, a welder, an inventor, a mechanic and a teacher. He was also Gary’s father-in-law, and when GaryRead More

Just go

Just go

November 21, 2022 at 12:00 am

December 2022 By David Roper From the upcoming book, “The Ghosts of Gadus Island”   August 11, 1967 – Morning, Day 1 A Remote Island Off the Coast of Maine A tall teenaged girl moves close to the cliff’s edge, looks out to sea, runs her hands through her long,Read More

‘Race to Alaska’ – Approach with caution

‘Race to Alaska’ – Approach with caution

August 22, 2022 at 12:00 am

September 2022 By Marilyn Pond Brigham Many of us are familiar with traditional, organized sailboat races – class boats, handicaps, courses set by Committee, rules and trophy cups presented at a classy club. The Race to Alaska (R2AK), which runs annually in June, covers 750 miles of open water fromRead More