The author, John Champion is currently living aboard in Malaysia after a three year stint working in the marine electrics industry in Thailand. A regular writer for sailing magazines he has lived aboard since 1999 and sailed perhaps 22 000 sea miles. Much work in sail training and the charter industry has allowed him to test many dozens of different yachts and catamarans. He now needs a bigger boat so please buy a copy for a friend!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a live aboard boat owner and marine surveyor I spend a great deal more time fixing and maintaining my boat than I do writing. Writing is good for rainy days and helps me document the challenges and benefits of boat life. Hopefully saving readers from making the same mistakes as I made!
Have you ever run aground in a boat?
Sure have. We had just crossed the Pacific from San Diego in our current boat and landed in Bundaberg, Australia without a grounding incident and immediately got stuck in the river on a falling tide. A local bloke came by and said "don't worry about it, anyone who says they never run aground is lying to ya or on their first boat ride."
This book is a compilation of the authors other e books on cruising boats. The material is the same but makes it all available in one volume at a much lower price. Thirty seven different chapters beginning with comparing boats and the various aspects of different designs and builds. The buying process, equipping for a voyage and numerous practical articles; Easy reading with a humorous approach.
Understanding Your Boats Systems and Choices deals in a light hearted, practical way with the choices and options that come with a boat. Windlass selection and installation, water making, water catchment, boats electrical systems, both AC and DC, 12-24v and 110-220v and living with either. Boat comfort in hot climates, shade, fans ventilation and air conditioners are included. Fun and informative.
These yacht races actually happened as unlikely as it may seem. There is nothing educational, serious or worthwhile in these tales but you may get a laugh from them. The first 50% is free so don't blame me if you don't like it!
Six chapters including marine refrigeration, hard stand haul out, refitting in Thailand, engine vibration problems, accessing components on board and mistakes made by builders we have to live with. Non technical and easily understood with a few laughs to make this a fun and informative read.
Tells of a sailing journey from San Diego to Australia in a 40 foot sailing boat. Covers Mexico, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji. Also has a chapter on various events "that were too much fun," for the crew. Includes useful detail on various formalities required in the respective ports of call.
Details in a fun manner the difference between various production sailing boats and suggests numerous differences and points to help select a better vessel. Examines materials, hardware, engines, sails and much more.
Outlines the selection and purchase of cruising sailing boats with particular detail on purchasing from the USA. Includes checklists for boat inspections, discussion on vessel types, tax, formalities and importation methods. A light hearted but factual read as amusing as it is informative.
The Secret Australian Animals Club tells of a group of animals living together in a major Australian city park. They include a wombat, peacock, frilled neck lizard and many others. Their names reflect each animals character, Sleepy Head, Fancy Pants and Know It All are the ones mentioned above.