ANOTHER VOLUME of mine that International Marine published has a title that is very simple and to-the-point: Boatowner’s Handbook.
This quick-reference guide is actually an on-board data bank, compiling thousands of facts, figures, tables, and graphs that, sooner or later, you’ll need if you own a boat. There are practical, easy-to-find timesaving tips and golden rules to provide information on everything from buying paint and adhesives, drilling pilot holes, showing navigation lights, and rigging a boat, to provisioning for a cruise, sizing a propeller or oars, and choosing a dinghy.
The well-known boating author and consultant, Don Casey, once told me he was astonished at the amount of information I had managed to cram into the book while still making it easily accessible.
Incidentally, the hard-cover version, now out of print, was titled The Sailor’s Assistant and formed part of International Marine’s Sailboat Library.
Ø Here’s a review from Ocean Navigator magazine:
“Helpful and comprehensive . . . Vigor presents an incredible amount of information in a very clear way.”
Ø And one from Ensign:
“Well organized and easy to read. It should be on every vessel. It is a must for any cruising sailor.”
In a world where the time it takes to travel (supersonic) or to bake a potato (microwave) or to process a million calculations (microchip) shrinks inexorably, only three things have remained constant and unrushed: the nine months it takes to have a baby, the nine months it takes to untangle a credit-card dispute, and the nine months it takes to publish a hard-cover book.
— Andrew Tobias, “Hot Leads and Lead Time,” Savvy, May 80
“Who gave you that black eye?”
“I thought she was out of town.”
“So did I.”
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