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Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Brian G, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. Brian G

    Brian G Member

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    Since I seem to have a little more time on my hands without the ability to be on the water, it's time to find a few good boat-related reads. What are your suggestions both for fiction and non-fiction? Thanks in advance.
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  2. Capt J

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    Black tuna gang. Turning the tide: One man against the Medellin cartel.
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    It’s pretty common but Hemingway’s to have and have not is a great one. I highly recommend James clavells Tai-pan. It’s some fiction so good you will daydream more about being in the book than anything else in your real life.
    First time in my life I have ever regretted not paying attention in school when I was learning how to properly write book names. It is comma? Underline? Who knows.
  4. PacBlue

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    Three favorites, 2 by Joe Upton, one of my favorite commercial marine writers:

    Alaska Blues: A Story of Freedom, Risk, and Living Your Dream by Joe Upton

    Amaretto by Joe Upton, A great read on Maine and the Herring Fishery

    The Last Marlin : The Story of a Family at Sea by Fred Waitzkin

    All easy reads with some great sea stories.
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    A couple of "end of the world as we know it" books that involve the sea:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swarm_(Schätzing_novel)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kraken_Wakes

    Even having read Kraken several times, I'm enjoying reading it again.

    Project Gutenberg is a great source for free e-books in various formats. The available books tend to be classics that are out of copyright. Some nautical possibilities:

    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=richard+henry+dana

    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=slocum
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    Turning the Tide is a must read for anyone who loves the Exumas.
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    For obvious reasons, I suggest the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. A bit dated, especially in the attitude towards women, but fine adventures.

    Bill
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    Islamorada, Fla. Keys
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    Patrick O'Brian: The Jack Aubury fictional series follows him from midshipmen to admiral during the British opposition to the French/Spanish. Skip Volume one. Takes some time to get used to the vernacular. Square rigged sailing with a lot of info re the era. C.S. Forester's Hornblower series - same genre.
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    438 Days by Jonathan Franklin is a good true story about survival at sea.
  10. Brian G

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    Thanks for your suggestions! Books are on the way ....
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    Just finished "EREBUS" by Michael Palin.

    In the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, HMS Erebus undertook two of the most ambitious naval expeditions of all time. On the first, she ventured further south than any human had ever been. On the second, she vanished with her 129-strong crew in the wastes of the Canadian Arctic. Her fate remained a mystery for over 160 years. Then, in 2014, she was found.
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    I recently ready that book. As a retired DEA agent, I found it to be quite entertaining, and even I learned some new stuff about Norman's Cay.