Book Review: Adrift by Steven Callahan



Steven Callahan

This book was loaned to me by some friends that know I like to read sea survival stories.  I think I read it a long time ago, but I enjoyed reading it again.  It seems pretty clear that people that survive ordeals like this have an inner strength that helps them get through it.  I hope that I have that kind of strength, but that could just be fantasy on my part.  I hope I never find out the hard way.

This story is a mix of the mechanics of survival at sea, descriptions of various aspects of beauty that he observed in the midst of his ordeal, and introspection on what life is and what it takes to stay alive.  This excerpt from page 109 really spoke volumes to me. (emphasis mine)

“For the first time, I clearly see a vast difference between human needs and human wants.  Before this voyage, I always had what I needed – food, shelter, clothing and companionship – yet I was often dissatisfied when I didn’t get everything I wanted, when  people didn’t meet my expectations, when a goal was thwarted, or when I couldn’t acquire some material goody.  My plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind.  I value each moment not spent in pain, desperation, hunger, thirst, or loneliness.  Even here, there is richness all around me.”

Maybe that’s why I read these survival stories.  To bring into focus what it really takes to stay alive when we’re not cushioned by society’s safety net, and to explore what is important and what is means to be alive.

If you like these kinds of stories, I think it’s worth your time reading.



Book Review: The Complete Anchoring Book by Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt & Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt

The Complete Anchoring Book

Stay put on any bottom in any weather


Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt & Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt

I really liked this book.  The authors seem to have done a great job of reviewing anchor types, explaining what anchors are, how they work and how to use them.  I enjoyed the entire book, and especially liked Appendix I “A Theoretical Study in Rode Behavior”.  Seeing the formulas and calculations showing how they came to the conclusion that a chain leader with a nylon rode is the best combination for anchoring was very informative and interesting.  Knowing why you should do something is almost as important as doing it.

The knowledge I gained has me wanting to go out and drop a hook!

Of course I have to rehab the boat first

CapnRehab blog is 2 Years Old!

We’ve had 8700 hits on 160 posts since we started.  That’s an average of 54 readers per post.  I have to tell you I’m surprised.  Most of you are family and friends I already knew.  Some of you are new friends.  Some of you are companies and other weird stuff.  (May have something to do with liking blogs you have no interest so they’ll like you back and get your site more traffic – I just don’t get that)

Because of the “Project that must not be named”  I haven’t done near as much sailing and boat rehab as I wanted (OK – none at all).  And the number of blog posts has definitely reduced this year .vs. last year.  I am happy to report that it is almost over.  I have a projected date of Nov 26 to complete, and the plan is to be done by Thanksgiving.

Good news to report is that all my kids will be here and we get to have a large Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings!  Yay!  I am hoping it will be a double celebration as we celebrate both the project completion and the holiday.

My how time flies when you get older.  It seems like such a short time ago that I brought that first O’Day 22 home. I have spent that time collecting water craft, and here is the list.

  • Wind Surfer – full working order

    2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

    2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

  • Blue Sea Kayak – full working order
  • Gray Sea Kayak – rudder needs repair
  • Kayaks on the floor

    Kayaks on the floor

  • Sunfish – trailer in pieces, and boat stripped to bare hull (but finally dry inside!)
    Trailer parts in the living room

    Trailer parts in the living room


  • Catalina 22′ – Inoperable – waiting on keel replacement
Catalina 22 and keel

Catalina 22 and keel

I plan to get all these functional over the winter and I am thinking my new years resolution will be to sail 60 times next year, and go on 3 overnight boat trips on the Chesapeake in the Catalina.

I will also be joining the West River Sailing Association where they race several different kinds of boats.  One of which is an F-16 Catamaran and another is a laser fleet.  Can’t wait to go racing again!

Wish me luck, and thanks for coming along for the ride.