Fatty is a story teller first and foremost. His articles and this book keep us motivated to finish our old boat refit for our upcoming cruise. He is so much more than a travel log or "how to" writer. His adventures and misadventures are true to life and usually have plenty of humor. Most of all his stories bring his cruising life to a point that crusing sailors and would be cruising sailors can relate to. It is as though your long time friend is relating his experience to you.