Boatsense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer's Life Afloat (Paperback)
Are you dreaming of becoming a boat-owner? Are you a new boat-owner with a lot of questions? What if you could get expert and entertaining advice from a sailor and powerboater who has spent a lifetime testing and writing about boats and boat gear, and experiencing first-hand the joys and trials of owning them? Here's what other experts are saying about Doug Logan's BoatSense: I only wish Doug Logan's wonderfully engaging and instructive treatise had been around 20 years ago... Warm, accessible, and wickedly smart, BoatSense is an instant classic. -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Second Wind If you are even remotely interested in boats, you need to read BoatSense. -- Ed Sherman, author of The Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems Good sense and good boats have rarely been so clear and entertaining. -- John Rousmaniere, author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship BoatSense is #1 in the Book Authority's list of the "15 Best Boating Books of All Time" In BoatSense, veteran sailor and writer Doug Logan speaks directly to those who have been bitten by the boating bug, but who may be overwhelmed by the complexity of the game and by the amount of information available. His mission is not to give all the answers, but to provide a way of thinking about the issues involved in owning and operating a boat safely and happily. At the heart of his advice are simplicity and the habits of good seamanship. His reflections would have brought a smile to experienced mariners of the past, and no doubt will do the same for mariners of the future. Learn about the mindset of seamanship in the chapter called Walking the Beat. Understand the importance of maintenance and your own DIY skills in Embrace the Hacksaw. Think through the most important processes of evaluating, shopping for, and equipping a boat with the wisdom in Buying In and The Right Stuff. BoatSense contains some of the most important checklists and sidebars a new boat-buyer will need, including: -Checklist for an Unfamiliar Boat -Volts, Watts, Amps, and Ohms -Marine Engine Care -Boatyard Chores: Who Does What? -Recommended Tools -Basic Navigation Gear ... and more.
Doug Logan has been managing editor, technical editor, and executive editor of Sailing World, webmaster for Cruising World, contributing editor of Powerboat Reports, editor-in-chief of Practical Sailor, and senior editor at the websites of the Boat Group. He has written hundreds of articles and edited of dozens of books about boats, sailing, and the sea. He lives in Stony Creek, Connecticut.