I'm writing a novel (my second - the first hits bookstores this October) called "Hooked." Loosely based on a Grimm's fairy tale and set in contempoary Miami, it tells the story of a 28 year old guy whose dream of sailing solo around the world gets waylaid when an enchanted fish uses his magical powers to help him hook a beautiful but greedy Romanian waitress.
I know - sounds goofy. But considering my first book, Doggy Style, is about the demise of a NYC couple's relationship as seen through the eyes of their dog, what do you expect?
Anyway - my character, Woody (in "Hooked") happens to be re-furbishing a 37 foot wooden boat (double-ended gaff cutter in the style of Collin-Archer)
which he wants to sail solo (insppired by Capt Slocum) around the world. Meanwhile, he has a job at an exclusive yacht club in Coconut Grove. This is also where he happens to get "blown off course" by - what else - a broad.
Having been weaned on a power boat and having two year relationship (well over 10 years ago with a guy who owned a 35'5' Bristol (loved saiing) my knowledge is limited. So here's what I need - critical eyes so that I make sure what I write is nautically accurate. And that I don't get my knickers in a knot when trying to describe something. What's in it for you? A place in my acknowledgements & perhaps a signed copy.
So...first 2 questions........
and please pardon my ignorance.
So Woody is rigging up a Sonar at the dock to take this broad out for a sail of Biscayne Bay. What would he typcially be doing? Could you describe it?
In order to get out of the channel (Dinner Key) would you motor out?
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