- File Size: 2667 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539931595
- Publisher: Oxriver Publishing (November 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MFFX9AG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some sailing books are “how to manuals” others read more like a novel. Slow Boat to Cuba jumps back and forth between the styles. Linus presents lots of factual information from getting the proper permits to sail to Cuba, how to get your iPhone replaced after it gets wet when you fall into the water at the marina, and how to get water off a mega yacht that turns out to be not very drinkable.
This book does provide lots of good, useful information regarding outfitting your boat for blue water sailing, provisioning, finding crew, dealing with problems along the way, and getting “checked-in” to Cuba. These parts of the book almost feel like I am reading the ships log. Short, factual, and to the point. I found all of this very helpful and informative.
In other parts of the book, I was able to get a more emotional connection to Linus and Stevie. These are the parts I really enjoyed. Discovering how they handled the many challenges encountered in a trip like this. From unexpected changes in the weather, equipment breakdowns, getting water, and their very different approaches to interacting and befriending the many individuals they encounter.
Nothing seemed to upset or bring down Stevie or Linus. Both are always moving forward and not dwelling on some problem but seeking a solution and moving on.
Once in Cuba, it is clear that Stevie is the adventurous one. He seemed willing to hang out with the locals and get a real taste of the local life. But, as Linus said, “Stevie is used to being a homeless backpacker and living on peoples couches”. During some of their adventures, it felt like Linus was the “conservative parent” and Stevie the “fearless teenage boy” exploring a new world.
As a suggestion, it would be nice to know how Linus feels during these trips, if he opened up a bit more in his writing and shared his emotions, his struggles with going off shore, and entering strange new places. Exploring not just the physical but the mental challenges as well. This would be much more interesting than the trials and tribulations with getting a new cell phone.
I am looking forward to reading what I expect will be the next book in the series…..”Slow Boat to Panama.”
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and an easy read.
I did find a few things missing. The book lacks heart. By that I mean that the personal opinion of the author is often missing. When you read a book by Captain Fatty, you learn what he thinks of each situation. This book reads more like a text book. Linus Wilson is a professor after all.
There is a chapter on all the hoops that the author had to go through to get the legal right to sail to Cuba. I found it interesting that he filled Freedom of Information Requests to help himself understand the process more and how long applications take to be approved or not. This was good, but he never seemed to say what he really thought of all the requirements.
The author mentions times when there was disagreement between his charts (Garmin plotter, Navionics, Barr's guide and NV Charts) and the real situation. Once he figured out which were correct and which were wrong, you are left to wonder if he took any action to get the incorrect charts fixed. That would be an interesting story to hear. One hopes that the author does try and give back to the boating community by getting the incorrect charts fixed.
I would have liked maps before each chapter that show the area being written about. This would have provided much better context.
At another point in the book he tells you he "spotted two yellow lights to port". He never tells you what two yellow lights on a boat mean. A foot note then suggests that you get his audio album on Navigation Rules. I found this really annoying. Please tell us what the two yellow lights mean. I was reading this book on an old Kindle without internet access, thus could not Google for the answer.
Crew management seems to always be an issue. The book would have been much more interesting if it included the crews' perspective of the events that transpired. Of course that would have made it a much harder book to produce.
Reading the book left you wanting more. In this case that is a good thing.