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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

Thanks, Lostsheep! Please consider writing a short review on Amazon. With a first book, those good reviews really help a lot!

Joyce also taught me a lot about sailing and planning - I did not emphasize that in the book - there's lots of detail I could have included, but it was already very long for a memoir by someone who is not famous and did not have access to famous people or historic events (96,000 words) so I did not want to keep adding to it. Plus, we don't know how the trip would have turned out without Joyce. I could have ended up with a crew of three or four who were far worse . . . guys who just jumped ship for a better vessel. Joyce could have caught a Grayhound to San Diego at any point and crewed a MUCH better vessel, and dry too!

When I bought the boat in July 2001 it was my plan to live aboard, both to save time and money. But in the Bay area at that time, the only marina I could find with an available slip and a live aboard waiting list was Loch Lomond, a two-hour drive from my apartment (one way!). The waiting list was reported to be two years long, but in reality, the wait could have been a lot longer. The drive to and from the boat was killing me - even though it was about 40 miles as the crow flies, there was no way to get there other than a straight shot through the city. Horrible.

By February 2003 I found a slip just one exit from my job in Redwood City, AND the marina was owned by a property management company that also ran the apartment complex built around the marina (Bair Island Marina). It was all brand new! And the rent was $800 less for a better apartment than I was renting in Sunnyvale, so it was a no brainer. My boat was now a five minute walk from my front door. This was like living aboard, only sleeping in a real bed, with a real kitchen, etc.

I believe more marina have been built in the Redwood City area and they are more lienient with having livaboards than in the past - not sure.

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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

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- I did not emphasize that in the book - there's lots of detail I could have included, but it was already very long for a memoir ......
You could always start a thread here with little nuggets that didn't make the book.....call it Breaking Wind.....or something.....
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Well, Joe, I guess that's what THIS thead is, right?
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I read the book (Kindle version) last weekend. I had very mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, it is great to read a first-hand experience of what really happens when a complete newbie with big dreams just decides to go for it and try to make it happen with little experience. I've been hanging around Sailnet for a few years, and you do see a *lot* of posts by folks who have never been on a sailboat (or barely) and want to 'sail around the world' and experience 'complete freedom'. Then there will be a long thread with a lot of talk and then you seldom see the OP again. I always wonder what happened to those people, and this book was an excellent tale of what happens when those dreams encounter the reality of sailing. For that reason, I bet I will be recommending this book to such folks when they show up at Sailnet.

On the other hand, the long sections regarding Glenn's dating failures and repeated speeches on his inability to be attracted to anyone who deviates too far in either age or dimensions from a porn star wear thin, and really detract from the story. I'm sure he's just describing the way he feels, but it's a profoundly depressing dialogue on a number of levels, and I won't be recommending this book to female friends. Every female character in the book is seen through the fun-house mirror of Glenn's perspective, and not surprisingly, none of them come off better for it. More than anything else after reading this book, I wanted Joyce's side of the story.
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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

Emcentar,

Thanks for your comments about Breaking Seas. I wrestled long and hard with the issue of how much "personal non-sailing" information to put in the book. I decided (correctly, I believe) that the personal issues were central to the story and it would not be anything close to the same story (or a true story) without the personal sections, which were vital to my motivation to leave the land to begin with.

To write a "just the sailing, please" sort of book would have walked away from way too much irony. And it's SO ironic: the guy who couldn't get a girlfriend ends up on a boat alone with four women, without deliberately evoking that situation. And none of the women were a suitable love interest. I wanted to "escape" rejection, but as I indicated near the end, going to sea actually increased my rate-of-rejections and they were not limited only to the women and romance category. What's the saying? "Wherever you go, there you are?" How many people try to escape themselves by going to sea? A well-known cruising writer (maybe one of the Pardeys) once warned: the sea has a way of amplifying your personal issues, not solving them.

This is the way the real world works - and I wanted to write a book that was real.

The vast majority of the feedback has been favorable and encouraging, and after eight months the book is a top seller in the sailing category, bouncing around the top 4 or 5 or so. The negative reviews are along the lines of "what a loser" or people who felt that since I did not sail around the world, I have no business writing such a book. Ironically, I wondered about that for years, figuring the fact that I turned around at Cabo would make the book unsatisfying. It was my close friends who finally convinced me to write the book back in Dec 2011. They were quite enthusiastic that it would be a popular and appreciated book, and although I had my doubts, it turns out they were right.

I also wanted to write an "underdog" story to inspire people who are older and have unfulfilled dreams but they're intimidated by the people who have been doing what they want to do for decades. To some extent, this is a class issue: many of us who grew up in blue-collar families without a lot of money reach our 40's without ever having partaken in a BIG hobby, such as flying or sailing or skiing or travel to other continents. Up to that point, life had been a struggle to survive, and there was no extra money for those things. Suddenly the money comes - but there is that pit in the bottom of the stomach. Won't I look foolish? I've never done anything like that before - and these people (from affluent families) have been doing it since they were six. They're going to laugh at me!

Well, do it anyway.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Breaking Seas! I am working on a second book, a novel, nothing about sailing: it's a futuristic adventure intended for the 13-17 age group but suitable for adults too - I think sailors would love it!

This last weekend I created a Facebook page for Breaking Seas (something I should have done a long time age). Please consider visiting the page (it's very basic right now) and "liking" it. I am adding to it and once it gets more likes it will be promoted.

www.facebook.com/breakingseas

Kind regards,

Glenn
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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

Glenn - I'm glad I found this thread. I only read about 2 books a year since I have a horrible attention span but your book kept me hooked right to the end. GREAT JOB!!

I highly recommend this book. I thought the interactions with Joyce and Megan were funny and you did a great job of capturing the situations. The ending was a bit depressing for me since your enthusiasm for sailing, rebuilding the boat and your experience with the ladies are very similar to my own experiences and the "to-hell with the world, I am living my dream" didn't totally pan out. It made me question my own hopes and more importantly my EXPECTATIONS of doing what you set off to do.

Anyhow, great work!!

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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

Interesting read for sure. May want to be a serious sailor or not after reading it
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Thanks Deeman! Glad to hear you liked the book. I guess the story overall proves "where ever you go, there you are!"

If I was to re-write the book, I would make it more clear why I tolerated Joyce. She was incredibly knowledgeable and she taught me a lot - she was a part time sailing instructor and today she is a licensed master.

I am working on another book this year - a futuristic adventure novel. Sounds hokey but I'm making it realistic and gritty. I feel there is an untapped market for young adult sic-fi that is technically accurate and authentic. Too many paranormal and magical stories out there - what are the science-minded teens supposed to read?

Since you liked the book, please consider doing a review on Amazon or GoodReads. I appreciate it - those reviews really help with a first book!

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I am working on another book this year - a futuristic adventure novel. Sounds hokey but I'm making it realistic and gritty. I feel there is an untapped market for young adult sic-fi that is technically accurate and authentic. Too many paranormal and magical stories out there - what are the science-minded teens supposed to read?
Heinlein, Clarke, Clement, Asimov, Niven, Hogan? These are the authors I recommended at Barnes & Noble. Is yours like one of Heinlein's yearly 'juveniles' like "Starman Jones" and "The Rolling Stones"? Need a proofreader?

re: another boat - I've been reading boatbuilding books and websites for years, doing my homework before taking the boatbuying plunge. My brother built fiberglass boats for several years. Boats made with woven roving are heavier than foam- or balsa-cored boats, but they are orders of magnitude stronger. After every storm when I go to Hollywood beach, I find chunks of 'glass-covered foam that used to be someone's dream boat.

I've enjoyed your story & this thread. Good luck!
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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

Thanks manatee! I guess you can say it's Heinlein, Clarke, and Hogan, but in my own style, which I hope is gritty and authentic. One of the things that annoys me about space fiction of any kind is that none of the modern writers can think of a REASON to settle off-planet EXCEPT to escape an Earth "ravaged by ecological catastrophe" - or invading aliens. Pick one. How many times can they do that?

There have been a handful of people who have tried to write accurate space fiction over the last thirty years but they are spectacularly unimaginative, cribbing their material from back issues of Popular Science and articles about what NASA plans. You know what? NASA is boring. Astronauts are boring (they really are, Buzz excepted). The old space stereotypes are deadly boring, and the term "mission control" is so lame.

Nobody has written decent space fiction for decades, although Hogan and Steele came close - they both petered off, browbeaten by their agents to produce material "with more broad appeal" (dumbed down). I will not do aliens, monsters, zombies, ghosts, ancient pyramid codes, or space vampires either.

Watch the Breaking Seas Facebook page for more info as the book gets closer to release.

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