This is a great book, although it did not immediately give me what I thought it would. Living in central London, I opened the covers hoping to find unknown wilderness right in SW1. In fact the book does not cover very central London Thames (east of Putney and west of Limehouse), because wilderness there is hard to find as Rob MacFarlane would probably agree. In that respect it disappointed, perhaps it was unreasonable to expect it to actually create new lands.
The title " Replacing your Boat's Electrical System" is rather daunting if like me you would never dream of undertaking such a project and if something electrical does go wrong a call to the local marina electrician has been the only solution. To be frank having read the book I still wouldn’t have the confidence to undertake a major upgrade myself. However, I found it excellent to help me understand how my electrics work, how they should be maintained and most importantly my tool box now has the essentials for any DIY repairs.
This is a fascinating piece of history – at least to me, as two members of my family fought in the Far East. So I learnt much that they were never able to talk about. It shows that during WW2, it was equally important to the Japanese to destroy the British Fleet in the Pacific as it was to destroy the American fleet 3 days earlier in Pearl Harbour.
The author is a diver and was invited to join a military expedition to survey the wrecks of 2 famous British warships: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse now lying on the bottom of the South China Sea.
Mike Peyton is well known to many of us for his books of yachting cartoons and for his Yachting Monthly Confessional column. He has produced many cartoon books and this book encapsulates his wonderful sense of humour with this hilarious retrospective of the very best cartoons from the last eight decades. Mike Peyton has been called ‘the greatest yachting cartoonist' and this book shows why, perceptive, witty and highly distinctive cartoons speak to anyone who has ever taken to the water.
Doina is the daughter of author of Jimmy Cornell and grew up while sailing on her family's 36 foot yacht. Doina describes her experiences of life and schooling on-board. Her descriptions of the tropical islands, her swimming, diving and fishing and of the friends she made in far distant places around the world are fascinating.
This is a good guide, but (with a more insistent editor, perhaps) it could easily have been quite a bit better. It has much sound, practical advice and is written in a down-to-earth, conversational style by an author who has sailed the oceans of the world and has a wealth of experience to share, having anchored a multitude of times – generally, one suspects, in a secluded bay: where is the guidance on anchoring in a river or strong tide? It is copiously illustrated with photos and diagrams; consequently, in what is a short book (100 pages), there is only a modest amount of text.
Frederick Harsant Publisher: Book Guild Publishing
This book is not just the story of how 'Blue Pearl', a 36 ft Oyster was built and sailed to the Mediterranean by a retired couple, but also a memorial to the author's wife, Joan. It is the logs and the extracts from Joan's diaries that make this book.