Glowing in the sunset under its 10-coats of marine varnish, Persistence tugs playfully at her anchor. Note roller furling jib and the author's own canvas dodger. 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.
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
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 solo sailors. Broken Seas
has 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 Dead on the Wind which is a novel inspired by the race.
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.
Boat Log & Record: A great Christmas present
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 records of your fun voyages. It's a book that grew out of the author's own cruising needs and that he used on all his trips. It's a great way to maintain your boat, keep your important records and numbers (like your insurance company) and your GPS coordinates on hand. Try it. (For fall haulout and decommissioning checklists and procedures, click on the title of the book at the right.)
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.