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About the Author

One of my first childhood memories is set on the beach of the New Jersey shore. I was six. I had let a helium balloon go flying and watched as it went out to sea. I asked Mom where it would go. She said Europe if it stayed in the air long enough and I stared in wonder. I wondered what the journey would be like and what Europe was. It's been a long time since then, and while I've been to Europe several times, that balloon is still pulling me out to sea. As I grew older, my spirit of adventure pulled me toward sailboats. I read every book that existed on voyaging. My heroes were Magellan, Cook, Darwin, Chichester, Larry and Lynn Pardee, Sterling Hayden, Joe Richards and so many others. I had a family by the time I graduated from College and started a career with IBM. Thoughts of cruising the world were put in the deep freeze. I did manage to buy a sailboat along the way. It was a Herreshoff Eagle named Harmony, a reflection of Princess, a gaff rigged centerboard sloop. She was perfect for the Chesapeake Bay and I took my family for day sails with an occasional overnight thrown in. The dream remained alive, but still on submerged. Work and family life demanded my full attention and the kids found sailing boring. Decades passed. Midlife married a second time, I retired from a very successful professional career in information technology in 2007 and began a new life at sea. Jenny, a Nordhavn 46, took me away.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449511430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449511432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you plans to buy,operate,use or rent a trawler yacht you should read this book.Sometimes wincingly honest this book offers much learning on many levels.
Jenny becomes the central character and gives David the platform that he thought he was looking for. The author should be praised for telling his story in
his way.He proves that it is about the journey not the destination. Some poignant personal drama keeps the reader expecting but not hoping for the worst.
In the end you will be pleased you bought and read David's book. I hope he writes another one. And that its ending may leave a smile on the author's face.
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Self published, a few spelling mistakes but all in all very well done and a worthwhile reference. Making `Jenny' the central character was different and enabled the author to write, in what I felt, was a very engaging way. The information and especially the reference to the expenses are of immense value to the `dreamer' as well as an 'owner' who is planning to embark on a lengthy trip afloat. The more you read the more difficult it is to put the book down. If you have a `significant other' that you want to come with you on your own journey she or he must read this book, it is only fair...it will avoid some of the "you didn't mention that" or "you didn't tell me about" that should be known before you leave the dock.
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Well Kept logs that provide key insights into repair and making ready a 46ft nordhavn named Jenny that is taken on a long trip down the pacific coast through the Panama Canal. Excellent tips and cautions about passagemaking, achorages to visit and people he met along Jenny's Journey. The author explains many of the aspects of the boats repair in a very clear precise way. The author clearly understands how to find Jenny's secrets within the engine rooms to her electronics and he gives detail about how he solves the problems.
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Jenny's Journey: The Reality of Living the Dream David Schramm has produced an excellent description of life aboard concentrating on living the journey and enjoying life from the perspective of someone who has willingly severed his ties with his previous way of life. Very early in the book we see Jenny becoming the central character and we feel the enstrangement growing between Mary and David, which in turn expresses another reality for couples who are thinking of living for extended periods on a boat travelling to unknown destinations.
The book will also please anyone who is planning to buy or rent a trawler yacht with the aim of spending extended time on board,since the author provides a lot of day to day practical information. It's a pity that the editorial work missed a lot of typos and that the author did not follow the 24hour format in his logs resulting in discrepancies between the duration of the respective passages and the PM and AM log entries. Apart from this, the book remains highly enjoyable and informative and the reader will be pleased to have bought and read it.
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On page 363 of "Jenny's Journey", "Loosing Mary has been a painful experience". To me, this book was a tragedy. It made me very sad for both persons. I have not and will not forget the choice of love of a boat and love of a woman. I sincerely hope that Schramm is not a lonely man. Mary is such a beautiful woman that she will find love.
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David Schramm takes you on a journey that makes you feel like you are with him. My husband and I have been planning this dream for six years now. We have read many books to help get us ready and mentally prepared. We have also targeted the Nordhavn 46, which is the same boat David owns. This book just confirmed our decision that this is the boat for us and our long-term travel plans. My family has been having a rough time adjusting to the notion of International travel in far-away lands and this book will help put it into prospective for them and help them to understand that it's not so scary as imagined. I didn't want the book to end! David goes beyond the how to's he gives you the experience.
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