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by Emmanuelle Buecher-Hall
published by Emmanuelle Buecher-
RRP $12.90 for the paperback
version; $5.80 for the electronic
(50 pages; 216mm x 216mm)
Welcome on board Merlin for some amazing sailing adventures.
Merlin is a curious catamaran, home of a family with young kids and
sailing from South Africa to Australia, via the Atlantic, the Caribbean
Islands and the Pacific.
This is a children’s book, mostly for those around 4-8 years old,
about some cruising adventures. The story is told by Merlin the boat.
The author Emmanuelle Buecher-Hall studied marine biology in
France, then went to do some research on jellyfish in South Africa.
There, her life took a new course. After having built a catamaran,
she went sailing with her family, crossing the Atlantic and the Pacific
Merlin’s Voyage was inspired by this adventure. The author is now
living in Australia and wanted to share the amazing experiences she
had with her family while cruising and also wants to try to encourage
kids to have (big) dreams that they can realise one day.
There is very little cruising literature for children. Such a book
could interest those dreaming about sailing off with their family and/
or introduce the idea to their kids. It is also a story about travelling
and living the dream.
Colour photos taken during the trip are the main illustrations.
At the end of the book, there is also a detailed index explaining
nautical terminology and giving geographical information of the
Emmanuelle Buecher-Hall wrote and self-published Merlin’s
Voyage, which is available on Amazon in English and French. Contact:
Emmanuelle Buecher-Hall: +61 447 334 826; merlinsvoyage@gmail.
Enjoy the dreams.
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Dumont d’Urville – Explorer & Polymath
Explorer Dumont d’Urville is sometimes called France’s
Captain Cook as he sailed extensively around the Pacific
and the southern latitudes. This book examines his scientific
contribution, including the plants and animals he collected, and
it was he who first coined the terms Melanesia and Micronesia.
He helped to confirm the fate of the missing French explorer
Laperouse, took Charles X into exile after the Revolution
of 1830, and completed two Antarctic voyages. The book
uses primary documents that have long been overlooked by other historians, and
dispels many myths and errors about this daring explorer. HB 671 pages $89.95
In 1916, Ernest Shackleton’s ship the Endurance was trapped
in pack ice, his supplies were running out, his men were
exhausted, cold and desperate. In 2013, Tim Jarvis and a
crew of five, set out to replicate Shackleton’s journey, using
the same equipment, eating the same unpalatable food, facing
the same hostile ocean and desolate conditions. Here for the
first time is the whole story of that trip, the wretched lows
and the occasional highs, the gruelling mental and physical
toughness, this is a must-read book for all Shackleton fans
and lovers of epic adventure. HB 264 pages $49.95
Australian Boating Manual – 5th Edition
by Capt. Dick Gandy
published by Ocean Publications
RRP $89.95 (1,000 pages; 210mm x 277mm)
Would Captain James Cook consult the Australian Boating Manual
if he visited Australia today? The front cover of the new edition tells
The 5th edition ABM, now twice the size of the first edition, has
been upgraded and mapped for the Maritime Training Package 2013
for commercial vessels. Chapter 2 provides a study guide, listing
chapters and questions from the book needed to study to obtain
This new edition ABM familiarises readers with the Work Health
& Safety (WHS) terminology. Since 2012, WHS laws have gradually
harmonised the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation
across Australia. For example, the status of material safety data sheets
(MSDS) has been changed to safety data sheets (SDS) in order to
cover not just materials but all aspects of safety. Workplace is now
not only the commercial vessel itself but also places where work
is or is likely to be performed relating to the vessel. This includes
marinas, docks, shipyards, associated offices
and waterways where the vessel operates.
Looking back at security issues of his own
vessel, HM Bark Endeavour, Captain Cook will
be impressed with security awareness rules
and guidelines for vessels today. While all
passenger ships, cargo ships over 500 tonnes,
offshore drilling units and port facilities
catering to vessels on inter-state or international voyages are security
regulated, the book highlights security management guidelines for
non-security regulated vessels, such as ferries and charter vessels,
along with their required safety management system (SMS).
All chapters in the 5th edition ABM have been updated where
necessary, including propulsion systems, batteries and meteorology;
while passage planning and vessel stability contents have been
The book continues to maintain its comprehensive integrity,
including buying and insuring boats, nautical terminology, boat
operation, maintenance, cyclone protection, sizes of mooring lines,
winches, slings, onboard work practices, electronic fuel injection,
four-stroke outboards, engine beds, exhaust systems, ventilation,
soundproofing, solar power, electrical installations, pumps, valves
The Australian Boating Manual is the product of research into what
boat owners and operators need to and want to know. Whether you
want to buy a boat, GPS, radar or sounder, this book tells you what
to look for.
Also available as digital copy for PC, MAC, iPad and Android. h
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