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Crossing An Ocean Under Power, 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – July 11, 2013
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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.
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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.
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.
Notwithstanding the journal format, the book contains a lot of information on how to prepare, provision, and maintain a power boat on a long-diatance cruise spanning open ocean. There are some overview or stock-taking synopses as well as other viewpoints, such as that of the chef and Ken Williams' wife Roberta.
All in all, an informative, entertaining and salty tale and a
good one or two evening's read. The ample photos nicely complement the text.
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