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The Dangerous Book for Boaters

New boating humor book
offers "Dangerous" Humor

Warning: Contains humor and trace amounts of irony. May not be suitable

for all waterfront characters -- and you know who you are

Laugh it up! With 60 whimsical illustrations and cartoons, the Dangerous Book for Boaters develops its boating humor in 15 tongue-in cheek chapters ranging from surviving seasickness to coping with the marine head. veers into unchartered waters with chock-a-block wit and wisdom ranging from "Skipperhood" to dealing with a party-hearty crew who haven't a clue -- and don't really want one. Not overlooked are such ripe subjects for humor as nautical dress codes and marlinspike boat operations -- or lack of them -- and even advice on perfecting the art of romance in a small boat while at sea.
From making sense of salty saying to defining "naviguessing," this all-in-one guide to sail and powerboats will give crusty seadogs and their trusty crews a boatload of laughs. "If everything else fails, you can always do one more thing," author Bree counsels. "You can always laugh."
--Northeren Breezes

Unusual, to say the least: Marlin Bree, author of many wonderful sailing narratives, including Wake of the Green Storm and In the Teeth of the Northeaster has recently published something a bit out of line for his usual work: a book of laughs. Called The Dangerous Book for Boaters: a Humorous Waterfront Guide to the Ways & Wiles of Boaters, it's a 96-page collection of nautical jokes and the kind of sayings you might find on a coffee mug or T-shirt. Meant for sailors and powerboaters alike, it might be just the thing if you need a T-shirt of theme for the next rendezvous.--Good Old Boat


New Classic A good-humored waterfront guide to the ways and wiles of boaters everywhere. From making sense of salty sayings to dealing with a rowdy crew, the compact reference will amuse and enlighten landlubbers and give seadogs many a laugh. Classic illustrations. --Small Craft Advisor

Having a little fun: The Dangerous Book for Boaters -- Veteran boater Marlin Bree, who has written numerous books about sailing Lake Superior, has some fun with this little book, subtitled "A Humorous Waterfront Guide to the Ways & Wiles of Boaters." Under Galley Terms, for instance, he points out that the cook is "the member of the crew who can best be spared from seamman's duties." As for thoughts on eating and drinking on the boat: "You can eat anything you want except that you have to eat it with fat, nude people. Among chapter headings: Do Not Whiz into the Wind, Shipboard Love: Sex & the Small Craft and Abandon All Hope You Who Enter Here. --Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press (St. Paul)

Campy cruising comedy

Those looking for some offbeat reading to bring aboard this summer should look no further than The Dangerous Book for Boaters ($9.95, Marlor Press, 2009), a collection of fortune-cookie sized bits of boating wisdom by award-winning writer Marlin Bree.


Not for the faint of heart, this book explores the rough and seedy side of boating, covering the downwind rail's importance in cases of mal de mer, successful navigation of the head, and one-finger salutes -- among other topics. The majority of the book, however, is dedicated to the humorous treatment of marine relationships -- captain and crew, crew and captain, captain and boat, boater and other boaters, spouse and spouse, etc.


Marlin Bree is the author of Wake of the Green Storm: A Survivor's Tale, and is the recipient of more than 50 writing and editing awards, including the West Marine Writer's Award.
--Esther Pope, Soundings

Marlin Bree has a new book out and this one is totally different -- 96 pages of nautical humor and cartoons. Where else can you read pithy passages like: I went to the head/ and nearly fell in./ Why wasn't the seat down/ Like it shoulda been? -- Small Craft Advisor magazine

Bree's Breezy Humor Book

Rated 4 out of 5 Stars
There are all sorts of life-jackets designed to keep the needy sailor alive to sail another day. Now Marlin Bree, author of several serious boating books like Wake of the Green Storm and Broken Seas has published a sort of satirical Mae West, titled, The Dangerous Book for Boaters. It gives skippers, crews and family, as well as dockside idlers, the opportunity to laugh at themselves and each other. The author has compiled and illustrated a duffle bag full of nautical sayings, jokes and doggerel largely designed to take the wind out of any skipper's sails -- and those of his crew and passengers as well. Just as lawyers are the best source for attorney jokes, here's an old salt who knows how to toss a nautical line of humor to those in danger of taking themselves too seriously.

Bree's New Book

The Dangerous book for Boaters: This 96-page pocket-sized nautical fun book includes sage tropes like: The navigator who says it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the navigator who is actually doing it." -- Small Craft Advisor magazine.

Funny Stuff from a Serious Writer

Rated 4 out of 5 Stars


Never judge a book by its title. For instance, Marlin Bree's latest boating book, The Dangerous Book for Boaters, appears to be a misnomer because it is a collection of funny nautical sayings, poems, jokes, drawings and self-deprecating humor. It's that last catgegory that provides the "danger" to boaters, their crews, families and friends.


Only a few of the witticisms are attributed to the likes of former Mississippi riverboat captain Mark Twain, the rest (including the cartoon illustrations) are the work of Bree himself or simply the flotsam and jetsam he has salvaged from being around Great Lakes docks, marinas and bars.


Fifteen table of contents categories run the gamut from "heave-ho" (which should be self-explanatory), galley gags, and sex etiquette to twisted boating philosophy, such as, "Emulate the admirable duct tape -- stick to it and look shiny." In fact, much of the material applies to most any recreational activity. Anyone who has owned or crewed on a boat, or simply observed the boating fraternity first hand, will find something to laugh at, very likely the reader himself. And therein lies the danger.
By Dennis J. Renault " d.Laurent"

The Dangerous Book for Boaters, published by Marlor Press, Inc., offers humor and insights into boating. It now is offered two ways to boaters: First of all, as a printed 6 x 6-inch square of 96 pages with 4-color waterproof cover and black and white inside pages with 60 drawings and cartoons.(Only $9.95) The second offering is as an E-book through Amazon.com's Kindle (Only $3.96) Distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group (IPG), Chicago.