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The Next Port [Kindle Edition]

Heyward Coleman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Next Port by Heyward Coleman is a bold and entertaining memoir chronicling the five year voyage the author and his wife made sailing their 42-foot sailboat, Skimmer, and offers a few insights about marriage, religion, and the pursuit of happiness. Readers will marvel at the warmth, generosity and wisdom the world had to offer them on this journey of a lifetime.

What began as letters to family and friends ultimately became an engaging book that chronicles the realization of a lifelong dream of the author and his wife to explore the world on a sailboat and is a powerful testament to the life and love that flourished during their five-year “world-wind” voyage. The memoir begins with a flashback sequence as the reader is catapulted into a world of high-wind hurricanes and pirate-threats with adventures from Guantanamo, Cuba to Djibouti in the horn of Africa and nearly forty countries in between. From the joy of new friendships and landscapes to a broken autopilot in the middle of the Pacific, a four-day storm heading for the Southern Cook Islands, and the despair of running Skimmer on the rocks, the seven seas were great teachers and have never been so restless—or forgiving.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8295 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Vermillion Press; Third edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035RPGT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, well written February 18, 2012
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My byline says it all. Unlike many of the other budget sailing offerings available, this one is not full of silly passive writing (eg: the anchor was set??), absurd opinions (eg: its better to go in a bucket???) or sermonizing (eg: if you aren't doing it my way, you're doing it wrong). While The Next Port is mostly a book about a voyage, it does touch on some technical aspects of sailing. Any opinions presented are done so in a humble fashion that acknowledges that there a many ways to do this kind of trip. In addition, it uses sailing jargon (thank you!), but in a way that should be accessible to non-sailors. In short, this is a straight ahead, and honest, summation of a fantastic adventure. I've read it twice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A voyage not to be missed March 19, 2012
By maxine
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This book is a must for all of us who love to sail. Going around the world with the author gave me sense of what it would be like if my dreams to do this ever came true. The trials and joys experienced during a trip of this magnitude will be felt by all readers. The knowledge necessary for this voyage was truly daunting. No "Sailing for Dummies" here! I hated to see "our" journey end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable book. December 3, 2011
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I have read a number of circumnavigation books and this was one of the best. Made particularly interesting by some deviations to the traditional milk-run route: a detour up the French canals to spend winter in Paris, and sailing south to visit Brazil and take a 700 mile trip up the Amazon.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version full of errors September 8, 2011
By Dutch48
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I just finished this book and loved the story. However, there were so many distracting typos and formatting errors that I had to put it down in frustration many times. This seems to be a common problem for kindle's ebooks. It is really obvious that no editing or proofreading was done before publishing the eversion of this book. My rating would have been higher if not for this issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The not so Ugly Americans October 23, 2012
By AusDoc
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I really enjoyed reading this book. As an experienced coastal sailor I found the mixture of overseas adventure, cultural and maritime challenges (real and imagined)to be both entertaining and educational.Unlike many of their American compatriots this couple made every effort to immerse themselves in the culture of the places that they visited and their efforts appear to have been rewarded by the many close friendships that they made along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Informative May 5, 2014
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Highly entertaining and informative for those that wish to travel the world on a sailboat. Fits in pleasantly with all the modern day sailing memoirs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivation to get out there and cruise! March 6, 2014
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This was a great book for anyone considering world cruising on a sailboat. It covered the positive and negative aspects, for both motivation and caution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Loved the combination of sailing anecdotes about far flung places and details about overcoming mechanical problems, keeping your partner from abandoning ship, piracy, and even taking the mast down and converting sailboat into a canal cruiser. They ventured into less typical places over their circumnavigation (including going up the Amazon), all the time interested in meeting other people and involving themselves in the local culture. Best of all, he's an excellent writer, funny and able to able to conjure up vivid images of their journey. I've read alot of sailing travel books in this genre and this is by far my favorite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon is not green
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Published 11 days ago by Jozua Hattingh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Travel the world with Heyward!!!!... A very entertaining and educational book!
Published 1 month ago by Alvaro Namen
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative
One of the best narratives I've ever read. A great mixtureof problem solving and solid cruising yarn. I hated to see it end
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great. Worth the price.
This book was a nice diversion from the winter of doom where my sailboat lies buried under the snow in my backyard. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kenneth A. Renard
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry. This is the book I'd hate to write.
I'm sure he's a nice guy. He's probably a great guy and I would really enjoy he and his wife at a social occasion. She seems fantastic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Heather Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars some pretty great adventures
Some of the things Heyward describes are almost unbelievable, being a sailor I can attest to the fact that these things really do,happen. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Denise Shriver
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Distracting Typos
It's an interesting story, but it could have been so much better with proper editing and some attention paid to Kindle formatting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by EnduroDoug
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information
I found the course of the journey was quite informative, naming lots of relevant ports a "round the world" voyager should visit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew Knights
4.0 out of 5 stars People and places are more a part of cruising.
I was expecting a detailed account of a couple's experiences at sea. What transpired was an account of cultures in some far off lands. Read more
Published 9 months ago by joe cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me coming back to my kindle
A very interesting read. The details of the areas visited is very thorough . Almost spell binding. enjoyed it greatly
Published 9 months ago by Jackie Cable
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