Here the author makes time, course and navigational notes in his log, heading toward an island of silver on Lake Superior.

The back cover shows some of the contents for the new edition.

What the reviewers wrote about the Boat Log & Record

Even the best things can be improved upon. The Boat Log & Record, which was originally published in a smaller version called The Boat Book was designed to help boaters keep records and provide suitable navigational information for cruising. It was an instant hit.

In 1993, this classic journal was vastly expanded. Since that time, it has become the preferred organizer for boat owners, as well as fishermen. In addition to using the journal for recording cdruises, users rely on it for documenting insurance information, year-to-year maintenance and troubleshooting tips, navigation data and emergency instructions.

This year the Boat Log & Record has been revised to include several new seections. Fourteen new pages have been added, bringing the total count to 176. A section for emergency numbers has been added, another for recording GPS waypoints, and pages have been added to the Boat Log and Record of Cruises section. In addition, tabs have been included to make finding a section easier. --Trailer Boats

One of the most complete cruise preparation guides I've seen. An inexpensive way to get yourself organized. -- Boating

If you're like most boaters, you'd rather be enjoying a worry-free day on the water than trying to recall if you topped the tanks or brought along the proper provisions. Boat Log & Record can prove to be your faithful reminder. This newly revised and enlarged edition is designed with ample space for recording precruising needs, spring and fall cleanup schedules, galley and boat supplies, expenditures, maintenance schedules and more. A special section on GPS waypoints allows you to keep a permanent record orf coordinates in case the GPS fails. Emergency information about a hull taking on wter or a man overboard situation is included, too, along with room for the captain to fill in his or her own procedures. There's even a section where you can list chores for cruising guests. While Boat Log & Record can't guarantee those chores will get done, this sturdy book is at least one step toward worry-free cruising. -- Offshore

Offering sailors a framework to keep a record of their boat and its voyage in a logical and structured way. It includes checklists for everything. The heart of the book is a very useable Boat Log & Record section, each page complete with two or three literary quotes. --Mariner's Log

Third edition of a logbook and cruise organizer; includes helpful information and checklists, plus plenty of space for notes and log entries. -- Woodenboat

The ultimate boat addict's Boat Book -- Star Tribune, Minneapolis

One of the most complete cruise preparation guides I've seen. -- Boating Magazine

Can help boaters get their time and boats better organized and keep a personal record of their adventures afloat and their voyages. -- Northern Breezes Magazine

An ideal gift for the boater. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

One of the handiest sections enables you to emergency instructions..which can be followed by anyone aboard in the event you are disabled or otherwise absent. --News Tribune, Tacoma, WA

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Fall layup or storage? Use the downloadable and free fall layup checklist in this updated version of the Boat Log & Record This all - in - one boat record and logbook with engine maintenance record helps a boater to maintain in one place a season -to - season working record of a boat and its needs. It's the largest and most complete boat log and record for amateur boaters ever published. Includes special Emergency section dealing with transmitting a Mayday Message and how to deal with Man overboard. Plus other ways to boat safely and have more fun on the water. Free checklist here for fall layups or storage.
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.
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.
Boating, great maritime adventures, storms at sea, maritime tales and survivals
Why did the Edmund Fitzgerald sink? Find yourself in the big freighter's wheelhouse as the Superior storm is at its worst. Or, find yourself aboard a leaky old wooden boat heading out into Lake Superior as an ice storm descends in a race to find a missing friend. Or, dive into murky waters to discover a mysterious old schooner sitting on the bottom still intact. A storm hits! Now come aboard a 10-foot home-built plywood sailboat trying to make it across the stormy South Pacific. Join the author aboard his sailboat trying to survive the storm of the century, with 134 mph. downbursts. Here are seven true tales of maritime adventure and survival from the waters of the world to stir the blood and fire the imagination--all told with a mariner's insight! And more. With illustrations, charts. 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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Getting your boat ready for fall layup or storage? Do it right this year with a three-page Boating Checklist ( below) from our Boat Log & Record.

Quick, now: Can you and your crew deal with emergency procedures including sending a MAYDAY MESSAGE? Here is an easy one to use and practice with from Marlor's EMERGENCY procedures section of the Boat Log & Record. Other parts of Section 7 include how to make VHF radio emergency calls and how to designate the channel you want to talk on, how to use the VHF for a Mayday Message, what to do to fight shipboard fires, and, what to do if the boat is holed or begins taking on water. A final section is the Man Overboard situation, so that the crew can be well rehearsed to handle any accident. This is important information that every skipper should have in mind before taking to the water.

Are you ready for another season with your boat? Do you remember all the things you said you were going to do --- this season? There really is a reason why a permanent record like this one can make your voyages more secure, seaworthy, safe and fun. Marlor's Boat Log & Record is the biggest book of its kind and the most respected. It's developed by an amateur boater for other amateur boaters, just like you.

"Anyone with a small boat and a short memory will enjoy this useful compendium. Collecting and organizing the specs, data, cruising log, memories, chartering plans, commissioning chores, vessel needs and expenses is a challenge. But author Bree makes it seem easy, with a logical format to help you write in notes and keep track." Cruising World

"This sturdy book is at least one step toward worry free cruising." --Offshore

"Can help boaters get their times and boats better organized and keep a personal record of their adventures afloat and their voyages." Northern Breezes

"One of the most complete cruise preparation guides I've seen. An inexpensive way to get yourself organized." Boating

"The ultimate boat addict's Boat Book." Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Tabbed sections make this log easy to use as a complete record of your boat and voyages. Daily navigational data...may be useful during fog or rough weather. Practical information and checklists make this book indispensible for both sailors and power boaters." The Ensign, Magazine of the United States Power Squadrons

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.

Author Marlin Bree says that the expanded Fourth Edition of his Boat Log & Record is "arguably the largest and most complete boat log and record for amateur boaters ever published."

The 186-page book with waterproof covers was developed by veteran solo cruiser Marlin Bree for the needs of recreational boaters who needed an all-in-one comprehensive record of their boat and its voyages, with suitable navigational information for short coastal, lake, or Great Lakes cruising. It is for the vast body of boaters who are non-ocean crossing voyagers.

Not a blank page book, but a structured organizer, the Boat Log & Record is for boaters on day sails, weekend jaunts, and recreational or short cruises. It is both for skippers of sail and powerboats, either operating on freshwater or saltwater, and for owner-skippered vessels from small to mid-size boats, with or without a voluneer crew.

With the Boat Log & Record, boaters can keep a record of vital information for up to 50 boating trips, including GPS waypoints, latitude, longitude, chart number, destination and date. In the record section, boaters can maintain a written record information ranging from insurance information, telephone numbers, important year-to-year maintenance and troubleshooting data, as well as a planning for trips.

The book is divided into 10 sections, with built-in tabs for easy reference:

1/​ Boat Information, including registration, documentation as well as important cell phone telephone numbers, such as the boatyard, Coast Guard, or insurance agent.

2/​ Boat Organizer, including easily forgotten, but important information and data, equipment and records, major suppliers for the boater, and a purchasing organizer and record for planning a season's boating. In this section is a Boating Inventory Record, where you can keep serial numbers for equipment for insurance reporting purposes, or replacing equipment. Includes names, addresses, and e-mail of Major Suppliers. A Workbook section allows you to develop some of the ideas you want for your boat.

3/​ Cruise Organizer, including procedures for getting ready to shove off, crew chores organizer and information on what you need to remember or do before you set sail. This also has a Welcome Aboard page which you can machine copy and send to new onboard guests who have never been on a boat before to inform them of where to find your boat, what to look forward to, and some safety information as well as tips on what to wear.

4/​ Boat Log & Record lets the skipper record a boat's daily voyage, including compass or GPS data, sea state, weather, time, course, speed, navigational notes, and skipper's commentary. Keeping a record can makg voyages more memorable as well as be an invaluable source of information and memories. This also serves as an important document to record onboard problems in the event of an emergency. Includes Future Cruises, where you can keep track of cruises you might want to take someday, as well as recommendations, such as how to enter a faoreign harbor, things to lookout for, or locations of good shoreside restaurants.

5/​ GPS Waypoints to Save lets a skipper plan his or her voyage ahead of time and write down waypoints, latitude, longitude, chart numbers, destinations and date. This is a permament (non-electronic) record in one source, in case the GPS goes down. You can also record coordinates you want to keep such as underwater hazards, wrecks, diving locations or even favorite anchorages -- or the last legs of your return route to harbor.

6/​ Getting Shipshape is a section of checklists and action schedules. Here you find Spring Commissioning Checklists, so that you can examine your vessel step-by-step before getting the boat into the water in the spring. There's the complimentary Fall Layup, including Inspection Steps to lay up the boat for winter. This section includes a Purchasing Organizer and Record, so an owner can jot down not only what needs to be done but what to buy.

7/​ Emergency Section lets a skipper create step-by-step procedures on how to deal with onboard boating emergencies, from sending out a Mayday call to how to handle man overboard emergencies.

8/​ Records and Supplies lets a boater keep control of various items and supplies onboard the boat, including Galley Basics (things you keep in the galley) to Boat Supplies (what you want to buy for your boat). Chart Locker keeps tracks of the charts you have onboard, and Fuel Log lets you record how much gas and oil you use each season and check your consumption as well as determine mileage for gallon or per hour. Here's a good place to make a note of how much gas your engine burns at various throttle settings and at various sea states with varying weather conditions. Expenditures is where you can record your expenditures each year, from insurance to cost of new equipment and slip fees. An Appointments and Schedules section lets you organize your dates and tiems such as appointments for your next haul out, or when your slip rental comes due, or even to set up dates when guests are due aboard. A Float Plan (included) is important for safety before any extended trip.

9/​ Chartering Organizer and Checklist is for boaters who charter boats and is a handy way to get organized. This is especially useful for, say, a boater who goes to the Caribbean with several crew members and will be operating a different boat than the one he or she is accustomed to. Includes a Charter Checklist (what to take along) and a Charter Checklist, so that when you're onboard your chartered vessel you can take charge in a minimum of effort and familiarize yourself with its operation.

10/​ Cruising Memories is the place where you can keep track of some of the friendly boaters you have met and want to keep in touch with. There's a handy Guest Register, for people coming aboard, and a Boating Memories section so you can keep a small scrapbook about your boat, its trips, and your fond remembrances you want to look back on.

All in all, your Boat Log & Record not only will give you the necessary "log" information your boating needs, but reward you with the boating information, help and inspiration that you want. Great for any skipper and a must for every boat lover.

ISBN 9781892147288. Water resistant cover /​ size 8 1/​2 x 11 inches/​Perfect bound/​ 186 pages /​ 40 diagrams, illustrations and charts /​ Published by Marlor Press, Inc. /​ Price $19.99 in the U.S. and $23.99 in Canada.