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Great Books for Boaters to Read at Home or On the Water

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Great Books for Boaters to Read at Home or On the Water

It seems that in these uncertain times, many of us are getting our escape from land through the ever-changing waters of a good book. No matter what your interest is, the Sea Tow Foundation has created a list of books that can whisk your imagination away. Try to take some time to sit back and relax whether you are on land or on water and enjoy a good book with a boating connection. You can easily borrow these books in paper or digital format from your local library or you can purchase them from your favorite bookseller.


For those who like a feel-good story:

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This is the story of the nine working-class boys on the American Olympic Rowing Team who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.


Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi

An 18-year-old had an opportunity to sail across the world alone or obtain a college education. She choose to sail. 


Everyone Said I Should Write a Book: The Travels and Adventures of a Sailor and Explorer by Jonathan White

This modern adventurer begins his series of short stories by  depicting crazy experiences that only make you want to read more about his life.


For those who enjoy the classics:

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This is the short story of a struggling Cuban fisherman who faces challenges and battles for what he desires.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

An adventurous boy finds a map and sets sail to find buried treasure. Aboard the ship is Long John Silver who wants to keep the treasure all to himself.


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Revered as “the greatest book of the sea ever written” this book describes the quest of a sea captain and his desire for revenge. 


For those who want an exciting adventure:

Typhoon by Joseph Conrad

A British-built steamer sails into a typhoon. What does the captain do when the crew disagrees? What happens to the steamer? All answers are revealed at the end of this short adventure novel.


The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

A mid-nineteenth century exploration into the Arctic. It explores the mysteries and discoveries of the explorers and their families at home.


Over the Top by Adrian Flanagan

Adrian Flanagan is the first person to ever sail vertically around the world – and he did it alone. Dangerous waters and an epic experience ensue.


For those who want to learn something new:

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 68th Edition

This trusted book for boaters discusses everything from regulations to navigation and so much more. This book has it all.


The Useful Knots Book: How to Tie the 25+ Most Practical Rope Knots by Sam Fury

This is a guide to the most common practical knots a person might need to know. It comes with instructions and detailed images for tying each knot.


Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder

Generators, plumbing, corrosion and more. This book can provide advice on how to take care of your boat and many complications that may arise.



Do you have a favorite book about boating? Please share below in the comments.

Tags:  2019-20  boating books. boating reading list 

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