Several years ago, my friend Dean Waterman decided he wanted to go boating. He knew something about boats, since he’d built a few at his shop in the middle of the desert in Kanab, Utah. In fact, he’d been a pioneer in building aluminum boats for the Colorado River guide services.
He built and almost finished his boat in the desert, then trucked the pieces to Los Angeles, California, welded the house onto the hull (the welder is built into the boat) and left for Mexico.
Several years later, and several times up and down the Pacific Coast (Mexico to Alaska) later, he took La Cumbre through the Panama Canal, up the Mississippi, through the Great Lakes, down the Intercoastal Waterway, then around the Caribbean to Venezuela, back to Panama, and back to Mexico.
This book is written in Dean’s voice: clear, clean, and unassuming. You get to ride along with him.
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When it’s cold and rainy a sailor thinks of books. They sell a lot of books around here.
Travels with Miss Cindy is the perfect book for a rainy cold day. Tony Bigrass wanted an adventure, so he built a boat in British Columbia, Canada, screwed it to the top of a beater station wagon, drove the thing to Mexico, dragged the boat into the Sea of Cortez, and sailed the boat to Florida. Easy peezy.
I haven’t met Tony, but I hope I will. His writing is as clean and honest as his outlook and philosophy.
The book is part travelogue and part adventure story. I’ve read it four times. I’ll read it again as we cover the same ground.
If you read it on Kindle Fire or Kindle for PC, the pictures are in color. Have a look.