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Crossing an Ocean Under Power Paperback – January 12, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1411619180 ISBN-10: 1411619188

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (January 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411619188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411619180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Williams is a retired software entrepreneur who is now spending six months a year exploring the world on a Nordhavn trawler, along with his wife Roberta and two small dogs. Ken has both a USCG 100 ton license as well as a Yachtmaster's license. In recent years his boating adventures have spanned over 40,000 miles including crossing the Atlantic, the Med, and the Bering Sea. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James J. Bloom on October 12, 2005
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As a fan of Beebe's "Voyaging Under Power" and a jealous admirer of the Nordhavn 62 expedition style trawler yacht, I read with interest about the 2004 transatlantic convoy sponsored by Pacific Asian Enterprises, builder of the Nordhavn line of high seas and offshore trawler yachts. I don't own a Nordhavn 62 (I wish) and my seafaring is limited to adolescent adventures in my small sailing skiff and the occasional offshore fishing trip, venturing out not much past 20 miles from the shore. I had followed the adventures of the Nordhavn sponsored 18-boat convoy on the Trawler Transat website where I read Ken Williams' fascinating emails of his experiences on the Sans Souci, his Nordhavn 62 in the "fast boat" portion of the expedition. This book is NOT a further revision of Jim Leishman's (Nordhavn CEO)1993 update of Beebe's 1975 "bible" for power boat circumnavigators.

It is not an edited digest of his informative emails, but rather a compilation of them. This said, they are quite useful in that Williams is not an experienced offshore navigator, but admits that prior to this venture, his trips have been limited to sight-of-land excursions offshore, never exceeding 8 hours. They upgraded to the N62 simply because they wanted an eminently seaworthy vessel capable of handling whatever rough seas they might encounter in their short hops. So the book is written in an accessible style, from the vantage point of a retired software designer who needed a lot of hand-holding on this bold adventure. The group of 18 were, as the origin might indicate, largely made up of Nordhavns, though it was not limited to craft from that builder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Kirby on February 23, 2006
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I grew up playing Ken and Roberta's computer games so I kind of had a natural gravitation toward this book when my interest in trawler yachts began. I've never been to sea but hope one day to circumnavigate.

This book helped ease my 'fears' of that first journey. Ken writes from his own perspective and expresses his fears/thoughts/concerns/joys. He details everything from flopper stoppers to fuel transfers amongst tank. While not detailed/technical in his descriptions the basic theory behind is explained from his perspective. Like a worried parent Ken is seems concerned about every detail/concern of the voyage.

A couple of the best entries for me was the idea of embarking on such a big leap across the pond from such humble beginnings. And the realization that most of the people doing this are older, near/at retirement so they can afford/have the time to do it. Which helped me feel more secure/normal in my planning for my eventual journey.

Good read, albeit short. Its fun to read the journal of the journey instead of a essay/summary written afterward, kind of helps make you feel like you could be there - do it yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By adam p on May 4, 2007
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I cannot disagree more with some of these reviews. This book details in a simple, "captain log", what it is to cross the wide open sea by your own power. Robert Beebe would have been proud. I must emphatically disagree with one reveiwers comments. Any man that powers the atlantic - can NEVER be called a wimp. You sir, IMHO, do yourself and the author a real diservice. Mr Williams has the unique honor of being one of a handfull of boat owner/operators to cross the Atlantic Ocean under his own power. That's since the turn of the century! His book is well worth what I paid and then some. I only hope to one day do, as well as this author has. His book has helped in that quest considerably.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GJ Stoop on April 5, 2010
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Good reading, but too much personal detail and not enough trip detail, particularly about the navigational aspects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. on August 5, 2013
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The author Ken, openly comments that this book was created 'out of demand' due to friends and family wanting to know how the rally was going...and what was happening! He did a great job capturing details and providing a genuine glimpse into what life would be like crossing ocean upon a Trawler Yacht with others. He did his best to please all those involved in the rally. There aren't that many books on trawlers crossing oceans or circumnavigating. This one is a good sampler to learn what it takes - lots of money, patience, knowledge and ... confidence!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norton on September 27, 2010
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Had read about his adventures, slightly mentioned, in articles in Passagemaker Magazine. In fact, the test of his new boat, the 68 foot San Souchi referenced these books, I believe, so i pourchased them. This is an enjoyable read but I would have liked to read more about the boats and what was happening on them on a day to day basis.

If these books are glanced over you would think that driving your own boat across the Atlantic Ocean is just like taking off in your Buick. No worries. While I think that today's Nordhavens are reliable there are issues hinted at that are probably very small but when you are reading a book about crossing an ocean they are of interest. The computer blather is of no interest. Int he second book the captain he hired referred to the boat as a juke box, I believe. But, having all the technology is absolutely great the boat and the sea are the real things you want to read about.

Great book and my hat is off to Mr. and Mrs Williams.
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More About the Author

Ken Williams is a USCG 100 Ton Master, as well as having a European Yachtmasters license.

He has crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific.

In his earlier days, Ken was best known as the founder and CEO of Sierra On-Line Inc, a leading publisher of computer games. Sierra published 100s of different games, including Leisure-Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Kings Quest, Phantasmagoria and Half-Life.