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A Serious Ocean

You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.

North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson

Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford

Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.

Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.

More Poetry...
Front Cover of The Best Used Boat Notebook 

The Best Used Boat Notebook

From the pages of Sailing Magazine, a new collection of detailed reviews of 40 used boats plus a look at 10 great new boats to sail around the world.

With the used boat market growing and becoming more complex, here is the book that all boat buyers have been waiting for: John Kretschmer's Used Boat Notebook has long been one of the most popular features in Sailing Magazine where Kretschmer provides a hard hitting, detailed review of a well-known boat each month.

In this new collection, Kretschmer dedicates each chapter to an individual boat, providing the same fine details and updated information that made his magazine column a success. The thoroughly researched reviews of the 40 most popular boats include owner insidghts, a guide to common problems and suggestions on where to find parts, advice and support. There are plenty of books that offer general information on what to look for in an offshore boat, but only this book focuses on the specifics a prospective buyer is looking for.

Forty Great Used Boats

Sailboats 19' - 30': West Wight Potter 19 * Santana 22 * Com-Pac 23 * Nimble Kodiak 26 * Grampian 26 * Pearson 26 * Bristol 27 * Catalina 27 * Nor'Sea 27 * Newport 28 * Catalina 28 * J/29 * Alberg 30 * Dufour Arpege 30

Sailboats 32' - 36': Contessa 32 * Freedom 32 * Jeanneau Attalia 32 * Islander 32 MK II * Caliber 33 * Pacific Seacraft 34 * Sabre 34 * Hallberg Rassy 34 * Tartan 34 * C&C 35 * CS36 Traditional * Morris 36 * PDQ 36

Sailboats 37' - 52': Express 37 * Lagoon 37 * Pacific Seacraft 37 * O'Day 37 * Prout Snowgoose 37 * Cabo Rico 38 * Privilege 39 * Cal 39 * Passport 40 * Pearson 40 * Venezia 42 * Beneteau First 456 * Irwin 52

Ten Great New Boats to Sail Around the World

Tartan 3400 * Southerly 110 * Hanse 400 * J/133 * Hunter 45CC * CatalinaMorgan 440 * Island Packet 440 * Cabo Rico 42 * Lagoon 500 * Beneteau 523


What's New

Two new trips have been added for 2019: Trans Caribe 3 and Adriatic/ Ionian Passage. Click here for details.


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