Cap'n Fatty's latest book
Stormproofing You Boat, Gear, and Crew-Heavy weather management is simple—there are only two basic rules. The prudent mariner must control his vessel’s speed and angle to the wind and seas. That’s it. There’s nothing complicated about these concepts. However, the offshore execution of these concepts at sea in 50+ knots of breeze and 30+ foot seas—what we traditionalists call offshore seamanship—can vary greatly depending on the boat type, number of hulls, sea state, wind force, the proximity and direction of land, the presence of ocean currents, underwater topography, and a hundred other evolving factors. Storm management can—and does—get complicated fast. This book covers everything the offshore sailor needs to know about vessel preparation, reducing sail, reefing, towing slowing drogues, deploying a parachute-type sea anchor and, ultimately, hanging to a Jordan Series Drogue. (340 pages, 42 photos, 36 illustrations.)
Buy, Outfit, and Sail was created to assist the frugal, safety-conscious sailor in the purchase and repair of a modest sailboat capable of circumnavigating. The core premise: there is little correlation between dollars spent and pleasure received when it comes to cruising offshore. Cheaper boats can be far more seaworthy than their expensive counterparts if the skipper’s money is spent wisely. It is also a practical step-by-step guide to circumnavigating inexpensively—written by a freedom-loving sailor who has sailed twice around the world on a $3,000 salvaged boat. What equipment do you really to sail offshore? How can you acquire much of this gear for free or inexpensively? What items are cheap where? How can you earn "freedom chips" as you cruise? Which routes are best?
Creative Anchoring-Everything about Anchors and Anchoring is a practical, down-to-earth, step-by-step instruction manual isn’t merely about the basic mechanics of how to anchor—but how to anchor safely, while enjoying your boat more comfortably, in a far greater number of exposed anchorages. It contains everything a cruising sailor needs to know—including the proper cruising attitude and philosophy in relation to international anchoring-as-a lifestyle—and much, much more! It takes a completely new, totally unique “sea gypsy” look at the art and science of anchoring in today’s shrinking world. And, it does it from the penny-pinching perspective of a confirmed “economically-challenged, ever-restless” World Cruiser. What other book on anchoring contains information on heaving-to, sea anchors, and Jordan Series Drogues? Flopper stoppers? Shore jackals? Dinghies? Anchor weights. Being tide-bound. The Etiquette of dragging. Landsharks. Snubbers. Doing WHAT to a coral head? Cheap DIY moorings.
Cap'n Fatty and Carolyn, aboard their modest 38-foot sloop Wild Card, sail through pirate infested waters. There are numerous pictures. Of particular interest is their participation in the 27 boat 2010 MF convoy between Oman and Aden, Yemen. Countries focused on include Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, and Egypt.
"Normally," says Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, "our cruising life is idyllic. We're surrounded by good people in benign waters. But not always. There were numerous times during this trip when we were scared by either Somali pirates or the land sharks of Egypt. The Mideast isn't all fun and games. Normally, we sail to 'fun' destinations like the Caribbean or the South Pacific. Not this time. We sailed right through the Gulf of Aden as our short-distance VHF radios cackled with pirate attacks on nearby freighters..."
I’ve been writing for the magazine almost a decade now and suddenly realized how many great stories I had accumulated over the years. Carolyn and I printed them out and culled the best—and were startled to see we had more than enough for a book. So we figured—why not?
The entire book was created aboard our modest $3,000 38 foot sloop Wild Card during the second circumnavigation—all the writing, photography, graphics, etc were done either at sea or at anchor.
If you want to buy a copy of the new, improved, illustrated Chasing the Horizon, which appears below, click right here. (Fast shipping is availible).
These are 50 of Cap'n Fatty's wildest, most
outrageous stories culled from almost two decades
of comic labor.
It is difficult to believe some of them were written--but utterly astounding that All At Sea
originally published them. (What are they trying to do... corrupt all of Western Civilization?)
The story titles say it all: The Agony of Dried Snot, Insuring Yourself Against Idiocy, Getting Off on Shoving Off, Appalling Apia Marina, Head Aches, and The Limitlessness of My Stupidity are just a few.
If you like silly and irreverent--this is the collection for you!
All of my books are available for Kindle readers and are available through Amazon.com. Red Sea Run
They will be available in the Apple iStore shortly. as soon as Carolyn scrubs the slime off the waterline and scrapes the barnacles off the dingy bottom. In the meantime, you can download the free Kindle app to your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad and read the Kindle version from Amazon.com.
Reviews of Chasing the Horizon:
For all the Captain Fatty fans out there, this is a must read. Great background on what makes him such a great character, a steadfast sailor and a hilarious writer. It's laugh-out-loud funny. And is highly recommended for every occasion except night-time reading while you wife is trying to sleep.
If you ever dreamed..., December 26, 1998
Wild, wacky, I couldn't stop laughing., September 5, 1999
By A CustomerWhen it comes to capturing the most wonderful adventures imaginable afloat, this author is by far the most captivating. It's kind of like Angela's Ashes set on a boat floating down the Mississippi river. The family is so far out! I especially like his sister & it seemed so nice of him to include some of her own writing in the book. If you like cruising or living aboard boat stories. Don't miss this one!
Awesome Read, July 16, 2003
By A CustomerThought provoking, interesting, always fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
side splitting humor, May 8, 2003
I almost got thrown off the boat while cruising the Isle de saints because I laughed so hard at night. Fatty is indeed a real guy and his wife is a saint. It is one of those books you can pass around and reread 10 times. For a couple of bucks you can't go wrong, heck it is cheaper then a fuel filter.
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