- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491270365
- ISBN-13: 978-1491270363
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,374,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Up the Inlet: Coastal British Columbia Stories Paperback – August 2, 2013
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From the Author
In my earlier boating books, 'Up the Strait' and 'Farther Up the Strait,' I followed John, the real-life protagonist of this series of books, into boating. As a novice, he led me on adventures on the Strait of Georgia's salt chuck (known simply as 'the chuck' in Powell River). Once I was on my own, I used my new (and still developing) knowledge about boating to explore far and wide... and sometimes with as many misadventures as adventures. But it was certainly never dull, which is a good summary of what boating is all about. Now in 'Up the Inlet' I venture both farther north, and into move diverse boating challenges. Join me as we together explore coastal British Columbia from a viewpoint on the chuck, a place where mountains drop into the sea. This follow-up volume is a stand-along title that readers will enjoy without reading the previous series of books. There is so many things about cruising the chuck that draws us into another world, and so many places still on my list of awaiting adventures.
About the Author
From 1980 to 2005, Wayne Lutz was Chairman of the Aeronautics Department at Mount San Antonio College in Los Angeles. He also served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft maintenance officer. His educational background includes a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Buffalo and an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California. The author is a flight instructor with 7000 hours of flying experience. For the past three decades, he has spent summers in Canada, exploring remote regions in his Piper Arrow, camping next to his airplane. The author resides in a floating cabin on Canada's Powell Lake in all seasons, and occasionally in a city-folk condo in Bellingham, Washington. His writing genres include regional Canadian publications, books about the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and science fiction.
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Up the Inlet is the story of one Engineer fulfilling his desire to explore the area up the inlet from the Strait of Georgia.
Length: Print, 210 pages.
Q - What was the Amazon Rank on the date this review was published?
A - 16,154 among free downloads.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A - Purchased.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes.
Q - Does it have a cliffhanger ending?
A - No, this is nonfiction.
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – Up the inlet is a narrative, with black and white photographs, of the author's travels in the Vancouver, B.C. Area.
Q - What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made?
A – Plain English, with no intentional profanities. Well, there are two cases in which dam@ is used (pages 81 and 92) and one accidental use of a foul word creeps in on page 53. Here's what I mean, but please note my insertion of the intended letter, in one of the few typos I stumbled across:
I notice she looks over the idling Honda closely before she shi[f]ts into gear.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A - While the writing is fine, and interesting, my desire in a travel book leans heavily towards including great color photos. Sadly, except for the cover of the book, there is no exhilarating color pic, and less than five 'scenic' quality pictures to inspire me towards experiencing what I imagine to be the awe-inspiring beauty of the inlet.
The author did include a good quantity of his photography, but, too little of it shows the scenery. Further, that which does, is not of a caliber which rises to the level of his fine writing.
Although the book didn't well satisfy my yearning as a traveler, I did enjoy his narrative, oriented to dedicated boaters.
I’ve included a small excerpt below, so readers can peruse the style of presentation utilized by the author.
“Da&@ it!” yells Geoff, working the wheel and the trim tabs, trying to stop the pendulous sway, but not coming back even a bit on the throttles. “Come on baby!”
Geoff is determined to get us up onto plane, come hell or high water. I’m worried about the high water.
My first thought is we’re going swimming, unless Geoff comes back on the power soon. The lateral movement is impossible to catch with the trim tabs. Just as Geoff attempts to adjust the tabs, we start swinging the other way, making matters worse.
My second thought is I’m not wearing a life jacket. Sure, the water isn’t outrageously cold in May, and the bank of the river is only about 50 metres away, but I’m not used to being in a boat without wearing a preserver. Of course, none of us are wearing a life preserver, and I don’t recall even seeing any on board during our earlier survey of the boat.
"You’d better come back on the power,” the mechanic says calmly.
“You’re right, I’ll have to,” replies Geoff, as he finally reduces the throttles.
The boat immediately returns to thankful stability.
"Maybe a few of us ought to go below,” says the marine surveyor, heading for the stairs.
In fact, we all go below now, and Geoff uses the lower helm to bring the previous bronco of a boat smoothly up on plane, with hardly any need for the trim tabs. We slow to a stop near a line of luxury houses on the north shore of the river, and then turn around and power-up again as we cruise back to Skyline at 25 knots. The boat handles fine now that our crew’s weight is in the lower cabin. I take the helm for a short time, amazed at the power of the twin engines. But there’s a major lesson here that should be no surprise –a thousand pounds of people on the top deck is obviously...
The writing and editing are good, but I think the author might better have oriented on the scenery, if only by inclusion of a handful of stunning photographs. Still, it is a good read from the vantage point of other boaters. Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Maybe that's what made the book so interesting and enjoyable.