BIRW 2018

Catamarans - The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors

By Gregor Tarjan

Published by McGraw-Hill   278 pages   hardcover  

Catamarans - The Complete Guide for Cruising SailorsWe’ve never met anyone with more enthusiasm for cruising catamarans (or more knowledge of them) than Gregor Tarjan, the founder and president of Aeroyacht Ltd. in Setauket Harbor, NY. You’ll find those attributes in abundance in the revised edition of Catamarans, originally published in 2006 by Aeroyacht Ltd. and Chiodi Publishing Inc., the latter owned by Tarjan’s longtime friend and Publisher of MULTIHULLS Magazine, the late Charles K. Chiodi.

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Water Safety

From the Backyard Pool to the Open Ocean

How to Avoid and Survive Water Emergencies

By Ben Rayner

Published by iUniverse   112 pages   paperback  

Water SafetyEvery year, approximately 3,500 people drown in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under age 14, and it’s also one of the top causes of death for young men in their teens and twenties. This reviewer came very close to drowning during an ill-conceived adventure nearly 40 years ago, and counts three acquaintances (each a very experienced boater) among those who did not survive an unexpected immersion.   

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SeaWise Emergency Action Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts

By Zvi Richard Dor-Ner & Zvi Frank

Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.  148 pages   spiral bound   $50

Seawise Emergency Action GuideBased on a concept used to train Israeli Air Force pilots, the SeaWise Emergency Action Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts has a tab-based flip book design that makes it easy to use for emergencies at sea that demand fast and effective responses. The two-sided guide is printed on waterproof paper, with the Emergency Action side providing step-by-step instructions for dealing with everything from fire and flooding to collision, man overboard, rig failure and extreme weather. On the flip side, the Safety Checklist comprises tabbed sections on offshore voyage preparation, sail plan, deck plan and stow plan, critical immediate-access equipment, and much more. The 6” X 9” book is packaged in a sturdy clear plastic case with hook & loop strips so that it can be mounted at a nav station or on a bulkhead.

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All Dreams On Deck

Charting the Course for Your Life and Work

By Jeremy Cage

Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press   180 pages   hardcover   $19.95

All Dreams on DeckJeremy Cage asserts that the vast majority of people and the vast majority of businesses will die without ever realizing their full potential. An entrepreneur, executive coach and former Fortune 100 executive, Cage is an expert on turning dreams into reality. Among the more ambitious of Cage’s own dreams was to sail around the world with his wife and two children, and the Cage family spent four years preparing for a circumnavigation aboard their 43-foot catamaran Hakuna Matata. Sharing anecdotes from that 16-month, life-changing voyage, the author presents a four-step process that anyone can use to make their dreams a reality.

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Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Connecticut, Rhode Island and the Long Island Sound

By David Fasulo

Published by Falcon Guides, an imprint of Globe Pequot   237 pages   paperback   $24.95

Sea Kayaking and Stand Up PaddlingLong Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound, Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay have some of the very best waters in the country for kayak touring, stand up paddling and kayak fishing, and our friend David Fasulo has written the definitive guide to exploring the many islands and coastal preserves of this scenic area.

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A Man for All Oceans

Captain Joshua Slocum and the first solo voyage around the world

By Stan Grayson  

Published by Tilbury House Publishers with The New Bedford Whaling Museum   399 pages   hardcover   $29.95

A MAn for All OceansCaptain Joshua Slocum (1844-1909) was the first person to singlehandedly sail around the globe. Setting sail from Boston, MA in 1895 on a rebuilt 37-foot oyster sloop Spray, he returned to Newport, RI a little more than three years later, having logged 46,000 miles. The firsthand account of Slocum’s voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, became a bestseller and has been continuously in print for more than a century. Although he became quite famous, Slocum revealed very little about his life in the book or the years following its publication. Having survived many near misses thanks to what he called “Slocum’s luck,” the enigmatic sailor and his beloved Spray vanished at sea in 1909.

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An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing

By Eric B. Forsyth

Published by Green Ocean Race Productions   392 pages   paperback   $34.95

Inexplicable AttractionSailing out of Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue, NY, Captain Eric Forsyth has logged approximately 300,000 nautical miles, many of them aboard his Westsail 42 Fiona. (An amusing story about how Forsyth’s late wife Edith named this sturdy cutter can be found at

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

By Dan Egan

Published by W. W. Norton & Company   364 pages   hardcover   $27.95

The Death and Life of the Great LakesThe Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie – have some of the clearest fresh water on Earth, but that’s actually indicative of ecological calamity. “This is not a sign of a healthy lake,” writes author Dan Egan. “It’s the sign of a lake having the life sucked out of it.”

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QuickStart Circumnavigation Guide

Proven Route and Sailing Itinerary Timed for Weather

By Captain Charlie & Cathy Simon

Published by World Sailing Guru   166 pages   paperback   $39.95

QuickStart Circumnavigation GuideWhen Captain Charlie and Cathy Simon left St. Lucia in 2014 to sail around the world, they did so with a goal of compiling information to create the ultimate overview guide to circumnavigating the globe under sail. That book, in which the Simons enthusiastically share their wisdom on the life-changing aspects of circumnavigation, is now available.

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The Survival Food Handbook

Provisioning at the Supermarket for Your Boat, Camper, Vacation Cabin, and Home Emergencies.

By Janet Groene

The Survival HandbookThere are many excellent cookbooks for sailors, with recipes for preparing such delicacies as freshly caught mahi mahi or spiny lobsters. Those books do not cover emergency provisions, however, while The Survival Food Handbook is the essential guide to eating well when the refrigerator has broken down or you’ve run out of propane.

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