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Harts At Sea Sailing to Windward [Kindle Edition]

Barbara J. Hart , Dora St. Martin
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Book Description

He proposed, and interrupted her response with, “Before you say, ‘yes’, you need to know that someday I want to have a sailboat and sail around the world.” She cried. These were not tears of joy.

Twenty-five years later, they went to sea. This is the story of their first year as cruising sailors, and what she learned about: weathering storms, provisioning, entering strange harbors, and how living on a small boat with one’s spouse isn’t the long awaiting life-time honey-moon imagined by landlubbers.
If you’re planning a long sea voyage with your loved ones, read this book. It won’t provide all of the sailing or travel information you need, but it will make you smile and prepare you for many of the experiences encountered while sailing in paradise. You’ll learn some things here that can’t be found in cruising guides or how-to sail and cruise books. As Barb says, “This is the stuff I didn’t know I needed to know before we left.”

Barb Hart and her husband, EW, slipped the dock lines and left Maine in October, 2010. They are still happily married, sailing aboard La Luna, and getting haircuts in exotic harbors.


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From the Author

We lived aboard our sailboat in Maine, year-round, for eight years. I began to blog about this experience, and continued blogging when we left Maine in 2010. Prior to leaving, I had taken on-line courses pertaining to cruising, read many books, and subscribed to a number of cruising and sailing magazines. We talked with anyone we met who had cruised to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and beyond.  Still, there were many surprises during our first year at sea. You don't need to read this book before setting off on your own cruise -- but it may help you. There  is a bit of "how-to" info, and you will learn how I handle laundry and defrosting the freezer. There is more information about cruising relationships -- particularly those I share with, EW, my cruising partner and husband since 1985. This is a much bigger challenge than most first mates and captains expect. Fortunately, we have been able to meet every challenge with a huge helping of humor. You will also learn a bit about some of the islands we have visited and more about Grenada, where we stayed for months during hurricane season in 2011. Cruising full-time is an exciting, challenging, boring, exasperating, and enticing lifestyle. We love it and I hope you love reading about our first year at sea.

About the Author

Barbara is a self-described "Maine Girl", who grew up two hours from the ocean, in a small town. She can (and has been known to) speak with a real Maine accent, relate numerous useless facts about Maine, and remember when baked beans and biscuits were always served on Saturday night.

A graduate of the University of Maine in Human Communications, Barbara changed careers every six or seven years and has worked as a public television producer, advertising sales executive, head-hunter, and small business consultant. More recently, she has focused on her writing, has an active blog, Harts At Sea, and has been published in All at Sea, Latitudes and Attitudes, and Good Old Boat magazines.

She started sailing while dating Stew, the man now known as EW, and gradually began to share his dream of living on board and sailing the oceans of the world. They are currently cruising in the Eastern Caribbean, with plans to head west to Cartagena in the fall of 2012.

They left Maine in October 2010, sailing down the US Coast to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, and down the chain to Grenada. They spend four months in Grenada during hurricane season,and sailed back to St. Thomas for Thanksgiving and Christmas 2011. Barb and EW are still At Sea and will go back down the Leeward and Windward chains this winter and spring. They have plans to visit Grenada (of course) and Trinidad this summer before heading to the Western Caribbean in the fall. 

Except for missing friends and not having a dog on board, this is the perfect lifestyle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hart Enterprises, Inc.; 1 edition (January 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070W2VO4
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pluses and minuses August 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that was apparently created by converting an online blog to a book. Both its strengths and weaknesses derive primarily from this fact. First of all, the positives: the author writes with candor and has interesting and relevant insight into their (her husband and herself) lives as full-time cruisers. I read it on an e-ink Kindle and the pictures were small and did not reproduce well, but it was nice to be able to go to the website/blog and see more pictures. This is a great convergence of electronic and print (well, to the extent an ebook is print) media. On the less than positive side, being derived from a blog, the book has no "plot" or story or character development. It unfolds like a diary that has been edited in retrospect, which is pretty much what it is. In several instances, events or details are mentioned as though they are being introduced for the first time, with no reference to the earlier mention. It would be improved if it were carefully edited for this situations and some acknowledgement made of the fact that the party/landmark/people she is describing are the same as discussed two chapters/sections ago. Like many authors, B. Hart has phrases she likes as themes and they come up over and over; "connectivity" and "it works" are two. I am not a person who craves electronic connectivity but I have friends that do and I always find myself wondering what they get out of it. I got a bit tired of "it works".

This book is an interesting counterpoint to another sailing-blog-made-book, Bumfuzzle, by Patrick Schulte. They are similar in the sense that they simply unfold as description of their daily lives more or less with none of the elements of a more standard book. However, the points of view of the authors are nearly opposite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! February 22, 2012
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This book had me laughing so hard at times that tears were running down my face! This is a truthful account of a cruising couple, not sugar coated. I truly enjoyed this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast read January 6, 2014
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As a husband to a wife and as a couple wanting to venture out into paradise, I found this book to be educational, enlightening and entertaining. I was especially keen on Barbara's perspective. She regularly acknowledges that she is EW's wife and that her perspective is as a woman. I had to laugh often while reading as I heard my own wife, in my head. As far as content, she touches on many varied aspects of sailing, anchoring, provisioning and more and is not at all afraid to point out those things which she misses in their new life. She also gratefully acknowledges all that is perfect about their life. It was honest and straightforward, and I will re-read this for points of reference and for tips as we make our own way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INCITE INTO CRUISING FOR THOSE NEW TO IT January 9, 2014
By erakor
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This is a story that tries to cover all the bases about sailing as a lifestyle. The sort of book you would give your wife partner as it is non threatening to your desire to go to sea. It leaves out most of the nasty bits. After years of cruising myself I gave up on it towards the end as it is a guide and I knew most of the situations. The trick is to find a partner that truly shares the technical requirements as our modern world now has many gadgets and you do need to know how to use them. For example the boss falls over the side it is dark his personal IPERB goes off you go to the unit for MOB and mark the co ordinates. How many wives partners can do this?
But do try the book. Paradise is just close by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for lovers and for dreamers February 17, 2012
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If you've dreamt of casting off your land lines and seeing the world from the cockpit of your own boat, read this book. An honest and good humored account of a couple's exploration of the Eastern Caribbean, themselves and their relationship, it also gives a balanced picture of the cruising life. Recommended.

Lance
S/V Queen Emma
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining February 17, 2012
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As a liveaboard cruiser myself, I very much enjoyed this well-written account of one couple's journey towards a life afloat and their subsequent adventures and discoveries. I found that I could relate totally to the joys, fears and frustrations of the First Mate's role, my skipper is still confident of catching a fish...one day! We're currently cruising the Mediterranean, this book made me want to head east for the Caribbean. Well done, Barbara. I'll look forward to the next volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun read! November 26, 2013
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I really liked the light hearted tone this book has. It is another success of people choosing the cruiser lifestyle. We are getting closer by the day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Waste Your Money June 2, 2013
By osage
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I was looking forward to a reasonably interesting sailing narrative. This eBook should be entitled The Ramblings of a Jaded American Housewife On A Boat. How her husband (The Captain) must have suffered. When I read this type of narrative it reminds me how the average retired or semi-retired sailor would be better off sailing down to Columbia, Guyana, Haiti, DR or any number of other places and find himself a decent woman to sail with. I cringed every time the author mentioned how challenging it was being with her man 24 hours per day! Talk about jacked-up American female psychodrama. Absolutely boring book. If you want to read about the intimate details of defrosting your onboard freezer then this is your book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read!
I,m not a catamaran fan but the book was enjoyable to read and I would like to have the same journey. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Doc John
4.0 out of 5 stars Perspective
Touches on the realities of real life living aboard and cruising. Another perspective on sharing life aboard a cruising sailboat.
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I forgot how much I paid. It was too much. It is not about cruising but about how great the author is. Very cliches,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much about nothing too often.
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