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The Next Port [Kindle Edition]

Heyward Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 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.

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About the Author

Heyward Coleman served as a submarine officer in the US Nuclear Navy before entering a business career. His education includes a master’s degree in nuclear physics and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Initially in the oil and gas industry, he became a senior officer and part owner of a large oil shipping company. After selling his interest in the company, he founded an environmental laboratory that specialized in radiochemistry analysis. During his career he cultivated a love for travel and adventure. Now retired, he and his wife have three children and live in Charleston, South Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8771 KB
  • Print Length: 332 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: #92,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The next port, the next page! July 10, 2007
By H. Hunt
I couldn't put this book down! What an adventure! Anyone that loves the ocean, fishing, sailing or adventure will enjoy it. High points (for the reader) are a sailfish bill puncture to the author's son's foot, the loss of the auto pilot and it's reconstruction, both on the long crossing from the Galapagos to the Marquesas. Oh, the fire in the bilge pump was interesting, as was the birth of a humpback whale at a mooring site in the South Pacific... I occasionally needed a sailing dictionary, but otherwise enjoyed every word. A personal view of the dangers, challenges and joys of crusing.
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8 of 8 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book should be required reading for those who dream of sailing around the world, but whose partner does not share the dream. I may be biased because we sailed in company with Heywood and Charlotte for part of their journey, but his book reads amazingly well.

The Next Port gives excellent descriptions of the cruising lifestyle and the exotic places to visit in a small sailboat. More importantly, Heywood opens up about the adventures and problems they encountered while learning how to sail and maintain the boat. Most important is the subtle but recurring thread of his relationship with his beloved Charlotte, and how much energy he devoted to keeping her a willing partner in the adventure of his dreams.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story of adventure January 20, 2009
This is a great book. I think the main challenge for the authors was fitting all the great experiences they had into the book. It's pretty hard not to want to sell up everything and disappear into the yonder while reading this book. Strongly advise not reading this book on the way to work as it may seriously hamper concentration.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and exciting. January 5, 2012
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A very enjoyable book that is easy to read. The five year journey aboard Skimmer is laid out in an inspirational and exciting way that gives the reader a feeling of almost being there. It certainly creates a desire to visit far away places. The narration is predominently about the places they visit, the people, cultures and ceremonies. The only mention of sailing is tidbits of information regarding winds, currents and time/distance traveled.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book 5 star. my kind of story
Published 23 days ago by noelene robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by William Strange
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hard to put down
Published 1 month ago by Tom Thayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Long and interesting
I enjoyed it. A bit dry. The pictures added a lot of detail and color. It is worth the read.
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Cozza
4.0 out of 5 stars Read It
It was just what I expected and was entertaining and informative! Winner.
Published 2 months ago by Marcus L. Roberson
5.0 out of 5 stars great read for prospective blue water cruisers
I enjoyed the many aspects covered from the boat handling and trouble shooting descriptions to the navigation decisions and the partner/spouse relationship experiences. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janice Lynnete Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Entertaining
I've read several of these "follow us around the world" accounts, and they always make me want to quit my job and sail off into the sunset. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon is not green
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Published 6 months ago by Jozua Hattingh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Travel the world with Heyward!!!!... A very entertaining and educational book!
Published 7 months 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 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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