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by Janet & Gordon Groene
This practical book by noted outdoor authors Janet & Gordon Groene addresses the owners of small boats who are tempted by the prospects of camping or family overnighting on or near the water. The book applies equally to small sailboat and powerboat owners, as well as to those who prefer canoes or rafts, since it focuses mainly on the unique aspects of boat camping and outdoor living.
Exploring the joys and advantages of boat camping, the authors alert the reader to the many wonderful options available only to the boat camper. Suggestions on boat selection and useful gear are followed by tips on food and cooking, as well as on bedding, sanitation, packing, and numerous useful precautions on organizing and loading equipment.
The book is illustrated with the authors’ clear drawings and numerous photographs; useful addresses on where to get information and equipment are included.
#440 Softcover, 200 pp, many b&w photos, line drawings …Eur. 20,80
by Peter F. Eastman, M.D.
Advanced First Aid Afloat is exactly what the title indicates ‑ advanced. Many phrases are more than the normal sailing-on-Sunday skipper would want to tackle. However, this book is a must for any extended cruise. It covers, in great detail, exactly what must be done during those times when you may be between continents with no doctor or land contact available. Dr. Eastman explains that, in an emergency situation, there are 3 priorities to keep in mind: 1) Is the patient breathing? This question is on the top of the list, as a person will suffer severe brain damage when deprived of oxygen for more than five minutes. 2) Remove patient from further danger. 3) Stop any serious bleeding. Keep in mind that one can generally bleed for some time, whereas steady breathing and oxygen flow to the brain are far more important factors.
Dr. Eastman explains many of his examples in a way that can be easily related to. In each case he explains what has just happened, then gives immediate instructions on what you should do next. After following these, you turn from your patient and read on, learning what you will have to do, and what possible problems might develop.
The book is realistic and worthwhile reading material, as well as an excellent reference book to keep aboard all boats. Many of the cases listed have actually happened to the writer’s son and daughter on an extended island cruise. The inside front and back covers feature a human outline with page numbers as a quick reference to find the right page for a particular malady.
Contents: First Things First; Fractures, Sprains & Dislocations; Fractures, Wounds & Amputations; Burns; Fluid Administration; Heat Exhaustion & Heatstroke; Seasickness; Dehydration & Diarrhea; Abdominal Pain & Genitourinary Emergencies; Use of Antibiotics; The Unconscious Patient; First Aid Kit; Abortion at Sea; Venomous Vermin of the Sea; Near Drowning; Medical Prognosis, A Useful Art for Sailors; and Glossary.
#103 Softcover, 6" x 9", 124pp, pictures & illustrations, glossary …Eur 14,95
by Nan & Kevin Jeffrey
(reviewed by Charles E. Kanter)
Over 20 years ago, Corinne and I schemed, plotted and planned to take our family of 3 young children sailing around the world aboard our catamaran.
What appeared to be overwhelming obstacles, many related to raising 3 children, brought about our regrettable decision not to go. We did, however, manage to cruise extensively with them.
Along came Nan and Kevin Jeffrey with their wonderful book: Adventuring With Children. Had we had that book, or anything similar, there is no question in my mind that we would have left on our circumnavigation.
It’s difficult to imagine just how thorough and complete this book is. It covers every conceivable aspect of dealing with children away from the routine of traditional environment. No stone is left unturned, and no aspect is missed. Even more relevant than the physical necessities of ‘how to do it’ is the underlying sensible rationale of ‘why to do it.’ There is an amazing revelation on how to deal with children in the overall pattern of life that I, for one, wish I had had available to me in an earlier time.
A quick view of the table of contents shows a delineation of each area of adventuring, including ‘pitfalls to avoid.’ Food, clothing, laundry, schooling, sickness, friends, and on and on... not only covering the subjects in great detail, but revealing an enormous amount of research of various products and processes. Areas of adventuring include: sailing, bicycling, hiking, camping, canoeing, as well as ‘going foreign.’
As each chapter unfolds, more little pieces of wisdom reveal themselves: how to be a schoolteacher, or a nurse, how to be realistic about the often overstated dangers of eating foods or drinking water in many foreign places. Subjects are well covered with KISS (keep it simple, stupid) approaches. Most revealing are the little things that trouble so many parents (especially my mother) about ‘being careful’ or, ‘what if?’ related to perceived dangers or risks. Nan is particularly brilliant about dispelling these.
I like Chapter Six especially: ‘Sailing.’ In this one, the true cruiser’s perspective is seen. The Jeffreys chose a catamaran because a cat had the most possible advantages for a couple cruising with young children aboard a sailboat. “Without any significant heeling there’s no need to worry about children falling out of bed, food flying off the table, or toys spilling onto the floor. Even in rough weather, our children could play in the cockpit or on the foredeck, with little regard for sailing conditions.”
That, in one sense, says it all.
#321 Softcover, 51/2" x 81/2", 317pp, many b&w photos …Eur 18,65
by Ida Little and Michael Walsh
While no definitive multihull beachcruising book exists, sailors interested in the subject may find some valuable information in this one. Ida Little and Michael Walsh have beachcruised roughly five months a year over the last 15 years. Their 350-page Beachcruising and Coastal Camping evaluates boats, offers practical tips, tells cruising stories, and provides extensive resource listings. Their book is mostly concerned with long cruises and can help in the preparation.
Ever since I began reading about the Ida Little and Michael Walsh Hobie 14 and Old Town Canoe cruising exploits, these sailors have been my beachcruising heroes. With 16 fat chapters and approximately 125 photographs, the authors cover every aspect of beachcruising, from philosophy to personal hygiene. While discussing the lifestyle of a beachcruiser, they write: “Beach cruising compares favorably to all other modes of travel we’ve tried… We pulled our boat ashore without regard for tourist amenities or safe anchorages…we entered into local life as part of that life. We didn’t just pass through. We… come to live, learn, and enjoy familiarity with the people and their culture.”
One hundred pages are devoted to finding, evaluating, and modifying beachcruising boats. Although the book deals mostly with dinghies, multihull sailors can apply most of the information to their boats. Even after a decade of serious beachcruising, I discovered new books to read and new charts to research. Little and Walsh cover most of the United States, parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean (the authors have sailed in most of the places they write about). Accounts of their cruises from previously published articles provide a satisfying format for conveying the spirit of their journeys.
During the writing of their book, Little and Walsh interviewed a lot of beachcruisers (including myself), read every relevant newsletter, and researched out-of-print books. The only drawback is their distracting use of editor’s notes. The notes seem gratuitous, and I feel they should either be included in the text or left out completely.
#415 Softcover, 352 pp, b&w charts, drawings, photos …Eur 22,50
by David G. Brown
This is a guide to working with DuraKore, an essential manual for amateur builders interested in spending more time sailing than building. The book is also for one-off professionals interested in turning a profit. Chapters cover: • Setting up Shop; working with DuraKore, epoxy and fiberglass; • Choosing the right design; •Planking, sealing, reinforcing, And fairing; •Finishing the interior; •Dealing with Problems; • Special advice on multihull construction; • and much more.
#264 Hardcover, 7 1/2" x 81/2", b&w drawings and photos …Eur 39,95
by Ian Nicolson
This book saves valuable time for: owners, boat buyers, charterers, chandlers, repairers, designers... in fact anyone who is concerned with boats.
Whether you need to order gear such as: cleats, anchors, winches, etc... or materials, fasteners, spars and rigging, engines et al... this book enables you to order by specified sizes, widths, as well as breaking strength of stainless steel, rigging wire, recommended seacock size, even lengths of mooring ropes, and much more. It’s the most helpful book to own.
#461 Hardcover, 6 1/4" x 6 1/2", 192pp, it abounds with graphs and tables …Eur 37,50