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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
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How to Read Water:
Clues, Signs & Patterns
from Puddles to the Sea
In his eye-opening books The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s
Signs and The Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley helped
readers reconnect with nature by finding direction from the
trees, stars, clouds, and more. Now, he turns his attention to
our most abundant – yet perhaps least understood – resource.
HB 400 pages $45.00
Disguised German Raiders of World War II
False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider
voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World
War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin, and
Kormoran left Germany and waged a “pirate war” in the
South Seas as part of Germany’s strategy to attack the
British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale. Their
extraordinary voyages spanned the globe and are maritime
sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring.
PB 336 pages $39.95
How to pursue paradise
by sea, before you retire
by Brent Wilson
published by Multihull Central
RRP: $24.95; 162pp (15cm x 21cm)
For nearly 20 years, author Brent
Wilson has been selling cruising boats
to people all around the world who are
fascinated with the world’s oceans, islands and harbours. Obviously,
he has given them sound advice on when, what and how to buy a
suitable boat, encouraging them to achieve their dream before it
is too late as fitness or health declines.
In other words, take a SEAbbatical!
Wilson comments that most Australians and Americans wait
until they retire before they decide to buy the boat of their dreams
and go cruising. By contrast, he says, many Europeans take mid-
career ‘gap years’ or a ‘SEAbbaticals’.
One of his clients who did just that is an Australian, Doug
Hibberd, a successful executive in an international IT organisation
who negotiated with his employer to take a SEAbbatical.
Doug sailed from Australia to Asia on board his 47ft catamaran,
during which time he was able to do much of his day-to-day work
from afloat, logging in to the office for a couple of hours each day
and Skyping when needed.
Author Brent Wilson’s SEAbbatical provides an excellent book
encouraging other Australians to take a SEAbbatical, explaining
the waypoints of preparing to take the big step mid-career, of
buying a boat and going cruising.
“If you live in Australia ... then the decision to take a SEAbbatical
is quite logical,” he writes. “ We live on the world’s largest island
and are, therefore, surrounded by sea ... in fact, there are nine
world-heritage listed sites in Australia that are attached to sea.”
This book is not intended to teach people the rules of
seamanship and the author of SEAbbatical points out that there are
entire books devoted to this. Rather he has presented a business
plan that comprises five waypoints:
Waypoint 1: Plan a SEAbbatical that suits.
Waypoint 2: Purchase for purpose.
Waypoint 3: Profit from making your boat a business.
Waypoint 4: Prepare for the journey.
Waypoint 5: Prosper on return with an exit plan.
A most interesting book for anyone contemplating taking a
gap year or two to go cruising.
Biography of an Ocean
by Neville Peat
published by Penguin Original
RRP: $60.00; 228pp (21cm x 26cm) hardcover
This is a magnificent book about the magnificent Tasman Sea,
the vast ocean bounded on the western side by the coastlines of
New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, and on the eastern side
by the islands of mainland New Zealand. It is the sea between
Australia and New Zealand that
separates or connects, depending on
personal, commercial and geopolitical
points of view.
Less clearly defined are the sea’s
northern and southern limits. The
Tasman is merely an expanse of ocean
that spreads north from the cold and
stormy Southern Ocean below 50o to the tepid Coral Sea, where
wave-washed Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs span the 30th parallel
to the north of Lord Howe Island.
Neville Peat, a Dunedin writer and photographer, has lived
beside the sea for most his life. Based on the Otago Peninsula, he
wrote shipping news for newspapers in Cape Town and Dunedin,
along with many books on shipping and the environment,
The Tasman is a well researched and concisely written, superbly
illustrated book that is a history of the Tasman Sea, in three parts:
Part One: Tasman Nature (birth of the sea; a cocktail of currents;
fine and feathers of marine life on the move; and the Tasman’s
‘ tail feathers’ – its straights and narrows).
Part Two: People of the Tasman (indigenous peoples and tall
ships; shipping loss and lament; harvesting the resources; heroic
crossings; sailing the Tasman).
Part Three: Coast and Communities (Tasmania; New Zealand
South; New Zealand North; mainland Australia; and in conclusion,
Bridging the Tasman).
A must volume for the bookshelf of anyone who lives beside
or sails on the Tasman Sea. h
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