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Growing up my parents and I loved reading all of the Arthur Ransome books. The very first is Swallows and Amazons and it's so cute! Definitely books that span all ages for enjoyment.
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Growing up my parents and I loved reading all of the Arthur Ransome books. The very first is Swallows and Amazons and it's so cute! Definitely books that span all ages for enjoyment.
Racunadra's First Cruise is a fine old fashioned cruising yarn by Ransome.
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Looking for the name of 2 books

Perhaps the group can be of some help. There's two books I'd like to read but don't know the titles or authors.

The first is a newer book that I saw reviewed in a sailing magazine... it was about whaling in Antarctica in the late 1800's. Nonfiction. I recall the review talking about the size of some of the whales. I read the review in the last two years and I think they only review newly published books so it's probably not a very old book. Can't remember which magazine it was.

The other is an older book -- but probably not older than 1985. I found it in a used bookstore in Bermuda and read half a chapter there but for some reason didn't buy it. It was about a guy (or maybe a couple, or a family?) that did a lot of cruising -- possibly circumnavigating. I do specifically recall that the boat was made of ferro-cement, and the little part I read was about how many people think ferro is garbage but this particular boat was dropped by a wave onto a submerged steel pole and just bounced right off and he thought that properly-done, ferro was possibly the best option for blue water. I think the cover art had a lot of blue on it. (as if that narrows it down...)

Any help? If I had a title and could look it up on Amazon I'd probably be able to recognize it. Thanks!
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A good sailing book, "Bound for Roque Island"

by RJ Rubadeau. Sorry if it's already been mentioned.

An inside look at a man and his growing family that have sailed for years together, mostly on the coast of Maine. Anyone who sails the coast of Maine, or would like to will enjoy it.

I liked the book, especially the sailing that was nicely described inside. Plus I like the authors boat which I took a photo of a few years ago not knowing who the owner was.

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Clyde Ford books not specifically sailing related (thrillers with good boating themes)
Good reads for anyone that sailed the San Juan Islands area or Northern Passage. I know the main character is not on a sailboat but hey his boat's top speed is 7 knots.(trawler)

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10,000 Leagues Over the Sea by W. A. Robinson. Great book written in 1932 about a guy that sails around the world from 1928 to 1931.

Count Luckner: The Sea Devil by Lowell Thomas. Again an old book written in 1928 (I think) about a German captain SAILING a clipper ship during WW I. True story.
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Adventures in Solitude

Anyone who spends time in Desolation Sound

Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound.

About a family and life at the summer cabin. Many familiar places discussed.
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Anyone who spends time in Desolation Sound

Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound.

About a family and life at the summer cabin. Many familiar places discussed.
Jack,

Sounds like it would be a good read. Who wrote this?
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Sounds like it would be a good read. Who wrote this?
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"This thing of Darkness"-Harry Thompson.Historical novel surrounding real life and times of Captain FitzRoy-responsible for Admiralty survey work in Tierre del Fuego/Straits of Magellan;captain of the surveying Brig-The Beagle;Darwins nemesis;first governor of New Zealand who believed in treating all men equally;only survived in job for a year after Treaty of Waitangi because he stood up for rights of Maori .
Last but not least was the founding father of modern meteorology and the British Admiralty Met Office.
A totally enthralling docudrama.
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