Managing the Waterway sale

Many of you may be familiar with the Managing the Waterway cruising guides and resources. They have some good stuff. Diane passed on that they are having a sale to clear some inventory, so you might want to check it out.

Our son is going off to college and Mark and I have moved back aboard full-time.

Unfortunately, we’re in Virginia and our fulfillment house in Minnesota is relocating. We need to move our inventory out the door rather than paying other people to move heavy boxes of books for us.

So we decided to throw a "wild and wacky warehouse bonanza sale!"

We’re offering all of our cruising guides, chart guides, books and charts at the following discounted rates …

$15.00 Managing the Waterway: ICW (regularly $24.95)
$15.00 MTW: Florida Keys (reg. $24.95)
$30.00 MTW: Chicago to Paducah Inland Waterway ChartGuide (reg. $49.95)
$15.00 Electronic Chart and Nautical Reference Library (2-DVD Set) (reg. $39.95)
$15.00 Get Onboard With E-Charting (reg. $34.95)

… with FREE SHIPPING by USPS Media Mail to the United States. (International orders please email us for a shipping quote.)

These short-term sale prices aren’t compatible with our web shopping cart, so if you are interested please reply to this email with your order and a mailing address. I’ll reply with options for payment and confirmation of your order.

You can view sample pages and descriptions of each title at:

So please give us a hand here and help us "lighten up"!

And as everyone knows, they make great gifts for other boaters!

Fair winds,


Managing the Waterway

>>> Managing the Waterway


Mark and Diana Doyle of Managing the Waterway, are authors of several popular cruising guides and electronic charting books. All of the stuff of theirs that I have seen looks very nice.

Currently (expires Oct. 15, 2010) they have a buy-one, get-one free sale on their Managing the Waterway: Hampton Roads, VA to Biscayne Bay, FL (ICW) and Managing the Waterway: Biscayne Bay, FL to Dry Tortugas, FL (Florida Keys) bundle. Buy one and you get the other book free.

David Gerr’s Youngest Fan

I have mentioned before (in glowing terms) David Gerr’s Nature of Boats book. I had it in a stack of books on my desk that I had been referring to off and own. Dane ran across it and it struck his interest.

How many 7 year olds pick up Nature of Boats and proceed to start reading it? The first little bit he did out loud (some of the pronounciations are interesting :-)):

Then he decided to get more comfortable and keep going… it’s well past his bed time, but I really don’t want to discourage it 🙂

David Gerr books available from Amazon.

How To Build 20 Boats

>>> How To Build 20 Boats

Anything that says "for a limited time only" makes me a little leary, but right now this site apparently has the entire content (legally, they state) of Larry Eisinger’s "How to Build 20 Boats" published in the 60’s.

Take a look at some neat writeups and instructions. I find that we can sometimes learn a lot from these older texts, although you have to take into account modern changes in materials. Fastening technology (both chemical and mechanical) has changed, along with the availability of lumber/wood. Plywood of today isn’t always the grades that it was 40 years ago. Take these things into account and you can learn how boats have been built for many years. Many aspects haven’t changed at all (lofting, etc.).


The Press at Toad Hall

>>> The Press at Toad Hall

Billed as the "home of 20,000 affordable, newly typeset, reprint editions in two collections; Timeless reading and Nautical subjects", this site has quite a collection of books, booklets and plans from times past. A lot of good information to be gleaned here:


The Shellbacks Library


Nautical books, Booklet bound Boat Plans, Handibooks, Data Sheets, and Plan Sheets.   Boat Building and Design   Small Craft   Sail Boats Power Boats   Canoeing and Small Boat Voyaging Boatcraft and Fitting Out   Cruising and Seamanship Square Rig   Knots and Sailmaking    Model Boats Maritime History   Tales from Before the Mast   Surfing For Young People   The Sea   Fiction   Music   Fishing Gear


Books – The Store at Craft A Craft

If you’ve checked this page for any length of time, you’ve probably seen the rotating "book" display over in the left column. This method hasn’t been great for finding things, and there are a LOT of boating and related books out there that I think should be easier to find. So… There is now "The Store at Craft A Craft"… check out this Amazon powered store site for your boating book fix.

General categories are geared around boating specific searches. There are separate listings for the popular designers’ publications. Dig around… I keep finding things I didn’t know were "out there".

All the "selling" is done through Amazon… I do get a percentage if you buy it through this site… if you would rather go straight to Amazon, feel free. The cost to you will be the same either way.

The older list can be found at: Old Book List. If you find it cheaper somewhere else, let me know… Amazon’s just convenient for a lot of us 🙂

Seating for 5?

Gary Bell on the TrawlerWorld Power Cat mailing list recently brought up an idea concerning craft design that really hits home with me…

Just my opinion here, but it is based on many happy hours — and a few unhappy moments — boating in various boats with just the Admiral and similarly boating with guests aboard. You will find that whenever you are there all your guests immediately visit the pilothouse and never leave. I suggest that you design gracious pilothouse guest seating for five. When underway with just your Admiral aboard, a cozy one guest pilothouse might be just dandy. If you go that route, I very strongly suggest a great intercom, so you can summon help when someting gets sticky, or at least you can get a cuppa without abandoning the helm. However, with guests — like say two couples along for a boat ride — they are all going to absolutely insist on hanging out wherever you are. Recall how everybody follows the host/hostess into the kitchen at a party, strategically stationing themselves directly in front of the stove, sink, oven, refrig. and liquor locker? If ya banish yer guests to the saloon fer that three hour cruise ya just might hafta face a scurvy buncha mutineers. Lead by the Admiral!

I agree… people want to socialize together. Even if its just your family that’s cruising with you. I anticipate 3 of us (wife and child) for the most part, with the occasional short term guest. We’re not looking to be passagemaking (would love to, but not soon)… these will be river and coastal cruises. Lots of things to look at. People chatting, looking, pointing out the sites, etc. For this we need the conn and some seating "all together".

As much as I like the Dutch Barge look, I’m thinking that their true background of cargo carrying, which leads to the lower, less windowed cabins, will lead to unhappiness at not being able to see out. Maybe I’m wrong, and that I would never want to look out from anywhere but the wheelhouse, but I don’t think so.

Bolger Books

It seems that many of the "popular" designers have published books over the years, but many of them have gone out of print. With the advent of eBay and other online retailers of used books, there is now much easier access to finding out-of-print books that you want.

One of the tricks is finding what the titles are that you are searching for. A recent thread on the Bolger mailing list points out that the price of the used Bolger books has dropped in recent times… this discussion prompted the question of what are all the titles. Doug was kind enough to post the following list:

  • Small Boats
  • The Folding Schooner
  • Bolger Boats (which I understand is the contents of the first two bound together)
  • Different Boats
  • 30-Odd Boats (That’s 30-odd, as in 39 chapters, not odd boats)
  • Boats with an Open Mind
  • 100 Sailing Rigs (103 Sailing Rigs has the same 100 chapters to start, plus 3 variations of the Chinese Gaff rig with an article by SA on the reasoning behind it.)

There is also a novel, "Schorpioen". I do not have this one. Can anyone give us a quickie review?

Bruce Hallman chimed in with his review:

It is a kind of science fiction, or fantasy fiction about an imagined hypothetical (but seemingly possible) society with women having great power (achieved oddly) through capitalistic & libertarian market forces selling themselves as ‘chattle’. In otherwords, women can gain great wealth power if they have marketable value (like commercial skills, schooled knowledge, sexual skills, and other skills etc..). The main character family is European and shipwrecked in this place, and the daughter in this family is a highly talented sailboat captain. She relishes in this new, oddly liberating, form of power, but her father and mother struggle to reconcile this new ‘slave woman power’ value system versus traditional European values. You can buy the book directly from PB&F, and PCB wrote me a note saying to the effect ‘don’t take me too serious’ about that fiction/fantasy book.

Now might be a good time to search for the titles you are looking for…