Well-known as the editor of the best-selling annual Mariner’s Book of Days, Peter Spectre assembles some of his favorite classic nautical material into an amalgam of practical information about boats, anchors, rope, and ballast, cheek by jowl with poetry, legend, lore, superstitions, language of the sea, art, thoughts about literature, and more. Spectre’s unique reverence for boats and literature of the sea, and his many years as an editor of WoodenBoat Magazine, make this book a rich collection of maritime knowledge, and an intriguing reference work of sailor’s lore.
Spectre is more than the editor of this book; he writes with deep knowledge about the topics covered, and presents among other topics many worthwhile facts about clipper ships, rowing boats, seasick remedies, superstitions, navigational lore, and much more. Chapter heads include: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Buy a Boat and You Buy the SeaÃ¢â‚¬Â; Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many times, Beauty is the DifferenceÃ¢â‚¬Â; Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Search for Comfort AfloatÃ¢â‚¬Â; Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nautical Books, Memorable Opening LinesÃ¢â‚¬Â; Ã¢â‚¬Å“Signaling the Old Fashioned WayÃ¢â‚¬Â”; and much more. 289pages PB