The author has been awarded two Boating Writers International Grand Prize awards. One was in 2004 for his magazine article, the Day All Hell Broke Loose, and the other was in 2008, for the magazine article, The Old Man and the Inland Sea.

Marlin Bree accepts the 2008 West Marine Writer's Award from Boating Writer's International President Kim Kavin (left) and Laurie Fried, Director of Community Relations for West Marine. Bree holds the crystal trophy and a presentation check for $5,000. More details inside.

Key to city! Norfolk, Nebraska, presented author Marlin Bree the key to the city when he spoke at a Norfolk Senior High School Class Reunion.

First Place The remarkable story of the Last Battle of the Grampa Woo (Ensign magazine) won First Place in the 2009 Boating Writers International Writing Contest. To read this chilling adventure yarn, click on Magazines.

New Award: Marlin Bree won a second place BWI writing award for his Ensign article on Courage of the Sole Survivor.

New Award: Marlin Bree won a BWI 2008 second-place writing award for his Ensign article on rebuilding Persistence's transom.

The Old Man & The Inland Sea by Marlin Bree won a First Place award in the 2007 BWI Annual Writing Contest and was awarded BWI's highest honor: the 2008 West Marine Writer/s Award. Check out the PDF article, other stuff by clicking on magazines.

Technical Writing: Marlin Bree was awarded a Third Place award in the Technical Writing Category in the 2006 Annual Writing Contest by Boating Writers International for his Small boats, big challenges: Lessons and statistic crunches from successful mini-cruisers. It was published by Small Craft Advisor magazine.

AWARD Marlin Bree's The Passion of Mike Plant was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2005 Boating Writers International excellence in boating journalism contest. The award-winning magazine series was based on a chapter in the author's book, Broken Seas.

Award! The author won a third place award in the 2003 Annual Writing Contest of Boating Writers International for "excellence in boating journalism" for his first-person story of how he met his "Storm of the Century." The same story went on to win the top award Boating Writer's International gives to a boating writer -- The West Marine Writer's Award.

This web site is the recipient of a 2002-2003 and the 2003 -2004 Golden Web Award.


A voyageur's tale of sailing solo, occasionally in dark seas, on Lake Superior. A lovingly written story.
--Baltimore Sun

How does a 20-foot centerboard sloop take on Superior, the largest Great Lake, the deepest, coldest and deadliest? Like a fly in a roomful of swatters...Marlin Bree is often whumped back inside the infrequent breakwaters by almost daily thunderstorms. Fascinating.
--Sail Magazine

Bree and his Persistence dared greatly, struggled greatly and had a worthy run, told with touching candor. Bree is at his best when the lake was at its worst.
-- Wilmington Evening Journal

Captures the feel and wild spirit of one of the most beautiful but treacherous bodies of water in the world.
-Star-Tribune, Minneapolis
Reviewed by Ken Wisneski

His evocative narrative is both an adventure --
he encountered several fierce storms -- and an anecdotal history of the lake, with tidbits on Indians, voyageurs, miners, sea captains and colorful local inhabitants, as well as tales of wind, weather, icy (and sometimes frozen) water, and shipwrekcs. An enjoyable ramble for yachting enthusiasts.
--Publisher's Weekly

This great sea story is more than just a fine adventure. Bree packs the book with the legends that have created such a special aura around the lake, from famous shipwrecks, lost gold mines and great storms to the almost unbelievablew story of the world's richest silver mine. Not to be missed.
Flint (MI) Journal

The turbulent, wind-whipped, wave-washed story of a solo ship voyage on Lake Superior. Along the way we hear many fine and gruesome shipwreck tales and fascinating lore of the deep water. Rugged, tough..a crackling good book.
---Neshoba Democrat
Philadelphia, MS

An electrifying story...certainly the most gripping, passionate account of a voyage since Men Against the Sea. The text crackles with tension.
--Brian Richard Boylan
Author of Final Trace

Marlin Bree's writings are a delightful combination of adventure, history, and lake lore. He plies the big water in a twenty foot wooden sailboat he built in his back yard."
--Minnesota Historical Society
Reviewed by Pat Coleman

Copyright notice

All photographs, illustrations, charts and excerpts from books used on these web pages are from books and publications copyrighted by Marlin Bree. All rights are reserved, including all under International and Pan American copyright conventions. No part of this web site, illustrations, text, or photographs, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including e-mail, photocopy, recording, printing, or any storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without written permission from the author, Marlin Bree, except by a reviewer who wishes to quite brief passages in a review written for a magazine, newspaper or for broadcast.

Welcome Aboard the Home Site of Marlin Bree!

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This web site will let you look over some of the books you've been hearing about by author Marlin Bree. To get a quick overview, click on the book titles on the right. Each title has sample excerpts for you to enjoy -- the author has not been stingy.

There are six categories in the banner above. Click on them to see more about the author, his books, his boat and voyages, magazine articles or boating tips. For example, to see more pictures of Persistence, click on Das Boot.

A New E-Book reader? Some special prices

Hey, try out your new e-book reader on a couple of special Marlin Bree books. Some book-buying deals we've observed (please tell us of others): Nook books, Kindle as well as I-Pad downloads. Some examples: Dead on the Wind, Kindle price, $3.99. Wake of the Green Storm, Kindle price, $5.59.

New novel! Coming in April 2015, Marlin Bree's breakout novel, Dead on the Wind, will send shivers up your nautical spine. Look for it everywhere fine nautical books are sold.

ALERT! Check out the new action thriller that's getting all the advance raves, Dead on the Wind. Take a look at Boat Log & Record (4th edition) (just click on the title at right). It's the latest edition of this nautical best-selling all-in-one record, maintenance and log book. Or check out the award-winning Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures.

My Boat, The Cover Girl: That's Persistence on the cover of The Ensign magazine -- and isn't she a beauty? The accompanying story, Classic Craft gets a face-lift, explained how I worked on her transom. To get a link on this interesting Ensign story, click on magazines (above).


MEET THE THE BOAT IN PERSON (Well, sort of) For close-up color photography of the author's hand-built sloop, Persistence, click on Das Boot (above). The devil, as they say, is in the details. You'll see some devilishly interesting wooden boatbuilding here.

READ SEAFARING STORIES! You can browse excerpts from the author's seafaring stories in his books, including the new Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures. Just click the title on the right.

FREE ADDED ATTRACTIONS: Browse through various magazine articles, more boat pictures and diagrams, news items, boating tips, and some choice book excerpts, which get added to from time to time. The author in particular likes these.

FIND OUT ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Click on the BIO (above) and you will get more information about Marlin Bree than you probably will want. The Bio started out short, but grew over the years, and the author apologizes about that.


Many Internet sites have a downloadable "sample" so that you can take a look at what's inside the book. You can get a lot of good reading in here, for free, so that you can find a book you want to buy in paper or download as an e-book.

Some featured Look Inside the Books:
Dead on the Wind You can read samples from this new nautical thriller on Kindle.
Broken Seas: True Tales of Extraordinary Seafaring Adventures. From this book came two magazine articles that won top awards in Boating Writers International's Writing Contest.
*Wake of the Green Storm: A Survivor's Tale
*The Dangerous Book for Boaters:A humorous waterfront guide to the ways & wiles of boaters.
*Kid's Magic Secrets: Simple magic tricks & why they work. (Loris Bree with illustrations by Marlin Bree). This book was used as a set prop in the Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis movie, "Friends with Benefits." It also has consistently been rated as a #1 Best Seller at
*Kid's Travel Fun Book:Draw. Make Stuff. Play games. Have fun for Hours! (Loris and Marlin Bree)


"Super read: In its November issue, The Ensign magazine says of Broken Seas: "Author Marlin Bree makes true sailing adventures live again...With each story, we feel the excitement of the cruise and the terror of the final moment when all might be lost. Broken Seas is a super read for those of us who dream of adventure on the sometimes cruel sea." The Ensign review was written by Stf/​C Don Dunlap Jr., SN

"Mucho Adventure," writes Small Craft Advisor editor Joshua Colvin about the author's new book, Broken Seas. "..some of the true tales in his latest volume had me sitting up wide-eyed, well past my dreamland deadline. In 216 pages, Bree manages to take the reader aboard all kinds of vessels, often in the worst conditions imaginable. Whether he's writing about Gerry Spiess' 10-footer Yankee Girl knocked flat in in the middle of the Pacific, or the storm driven destruction of the 729-foot Edmund Fitzgerald, Bree rarely lets his reader up for breath. If you enjoy this sort of thing--and who doesn't--you'll want to add Bree's new book to your library. Just don't plan to catch up on any sleep."

"A keeper" says Cruising World (Aug. 2005) about Broken Seas: "Sea-story fans will find in these pages six varied accounts ranging from a passage across the Pacific in a 10-foot sloop to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald during a Lake Superior storm. Readers who enjoy adventure narratives won't be disappointed."

Great boating adventures dead ahead!

A struggling boating writer starts out investigating missing boats in a new around-the world sailboat race --- and finds murder and a terrorist plot. A new nautical novel from an award-winning author. (To be published in April 2015)
For many sailors, gulls are a long-time fascination -- and love. "A stunning tribute to the world's most recognizable bird." -- IPG.
A humorous waterfront guide to the ways and wiles of boaters. Funny stuff -- just for boaters.
True tales of extraordinary seafaring adventures. Now the winner of seven writing awards.
Marlin Bree and his wooden boat survive "The storm of the Century's" 100 mph winds on Lake Superior. Now available on's Kindle. Only $7.96 including wireless delivery.
Along the Shipwreck Coast by catamaran, the author retraces lost ships and finds sagas of heroic sea captains and brave mariners.
A gripping adventure of a small boat skipper on one of the world's most dangerous bodies of water. Now in audiobook as well as trade paperback.
Fourth Edition. A best-selling pleasure boater's log book and record keeper just got bigger and better.
A ten-foot boat crosses the North Atlantic to a new world record. A classic nautical adventure!

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