Danger sometimes rides the compass.

Storms are not infrequent on Lake Superior.

At anchor, the author aboard his Persistence enjoys a Superior moonlit night.

Psst, buddy! Ya want a boat of your own? A real little one--just for fun?Then gaze admiringly at the toy paper boat that Marlin has developed on the Boat Tips page. the design is from his book, Kid's Travel Fun Book, and yes, it really sails.

Fiction: A boater gets caught up in a daring around-the-world sailboat race ---and finds murder! "Full of remarkable characters and daring feats."--Cruising World.
A new and updated version of the Boat Log & Record is now available for amateur boaters to keep track of voyages and to maintain a permanent record of their vessel. It's the largest and most complete boat log and record for amateur boaters ever published. Includes special Emergency section dealing with transmittng a Mayday Message and how to deal with Man overboard.
Here are masterful tales of seafaring on the world's largest freshwater lake, including the last hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Join Marlin Bree in his solo voyages -- including a storm that gives Superior the reputation as being one of the world's most dangerous bodies of water.
A catamaran sails at midnight and is hit by a surprise storm along the Shipwreck coast. At the helm, the author fights for control and he and the crew search for the entryway off the lake. Exciting adventure. In a special chapter, as he sails near the sunken vessel, he takes a new look at the last hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald. If you like rugged adventures and are intrigued by Lake Superior's legends, history and folklore, here's a special book that will fascinate and sometimes surprise you.
Nonfiction to stir the blood and fire the imagination: Excerpts here!
True tales of adventure and survival, all told with a mariner's insight! Go into murky waters with divers to discover a mysterious old schooner; come aboard the cockpit of a 10-foot home-built plywood sailboat setting sail across the stormy South Pacific; investigate a noted singlehander's tragedy aboard his racing boat; and find out why the Edmund Fitzgerald really sank. Now the winner of seven writing awards.!
Nonfiction: Excerpts & pix!
Roaring out of nowhere, a huge storm tore onto Lake Superior and catches a lone sailor and his small wooden boat in a wall of wind. Join Marlin Bree in the cockpit of his small sailboat as he fights to save his boat. The author goes on to complete a special voyage along the picturesque north shore of Lake Superior. A classic boating tale. "Equals any oceanic adventure." -- San Diego Log
Fiction: Lots of cartoons & laughs!
Okay, gang: let's face it: our boating world is funny sometimes. It's filled with good hearted people and a lot of other folks ranging from full-of-it skippers and too-party-hardy crew members. Here's a handy book you can keep on the old chart table to let you have a laugh at everything from the marine head to nautical terminology. Not for everyone, but you know who you are. Ho. Ho.
On June 1, 1979, Gerry pointed the bow of his tiny boat east and set sail out of Chesapeake Bay to cross the treacherous North Atlantic. He had hoped he had designed and built the smallest practical-sized sailboat capable of surviving on the open seas -- 10 feet long. Fifty four days later, after battling raging storms, physical pain, loneliness and islolation, sleeplessness and the never-ending racking of the ocean, Gerry pulled into the English port of Falmouth--the smallest craft to make that astonishing ocean crossing.

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Glowing in the sunset under its 10-coats of marine varnish, Persistence tugs playfully at her anchor. For more pix and details click on Das Boot (the boat). Persistence is the centerboard sloop that is featured in Marlin Bree's books, In the Teeth of the Northeaster, Call of the North Wind, Wake of the Green Storm, and Broken Seas. Note: Double click on the pix to see it full frame.

Marlin Bree's Boat Log & Record (Revised and enlarged FOURTH EDITION) is a wonderful way to keep track of everything on your boat, from maintenance you want to do to keeping important records of your fun voyages. It's a book that grew out of the author's own cruising needs that he used on all his extensive cruises. With the help of the Boat Log and Record, you can maintain your boat, keep important records and numbers (like your insurance company) and your GPS coordinates on hand. Try it. (Especially, look for the handy Spring Commissioning Checklists and the To Do List so you can keep track of everything you want and need to do. Get started early. For more details, click on Boat Log & Record at the right of this page. This book is the largest and most complete boat log and record for amateur boaters ever published. Be certain to check out the Emergency Procedures section.

There's nothing like a morning latte onboard a 20-foot sloop. Here's the author's special lashup that he uses daily when cruising Lake Superior in his 20-foot sloop.

On November 6, 2016, a very special ocean race -- the world's toughest -- took place out of France: The Vendee Globe - but minus one of its most skilled and daring solo sailors. Broken Seashas the true account of Mike Plantís last adventure on the North Atlantic and the details of his mysterious disappearance at sea. This extreme sailing race calls for sailors to sail 60-foot boats alone, unassisted, nonstop -- around the world. See Broken Seas for the real-life story of what happened to Mike and read the novel (click on right) that was inspired by the race, Dead on the Wind .

It was November 10, 1975, that the legendary ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald went down in stormy Lake Superior with all hands on board, so swiftly that no one had time to cry out for help. Its mystery still haunts in Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures (check out books at right). What happened? The author delves into the mystery and comes up with some answers. Illustrated

Wham! A huge storm catches a small craft with microbursts estimated at 134 mph, leaving the solo boater with nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, and no help in sight. Read this extraordinary small craft sailing adventure in Wake of the Green Storm. Also read the author's analysis of how he outfitted his craft for survival . Click on Wake of the Green Storm on the right.

Here's a hold-your-breath mystery that is inspired by the real-life race Vendee Globe. Dead on the Wind (check out books at right) has lots of sailing action and is set in ports such as San Diego, New York, and Sydney. If you like fast-paced literature aboard boats on the oceans of the world, you will have a good experience with this novel. Already the critical reviews are great.

Boating stuff galore! Are you laying up your boat for the season? Check out a special checklist from Marlin's Boat Log and Record (4th edition). Just click on Boat Log and Record on the right. It's free.

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