My second read up on what’s called America’s Great Loop was this family adventure called Skirting the Shore. It was also the first book to feature a catamaran as the vessel of choice and I would have to say with a shallow draft there seem to be a lot of advantages. His book was an entertaining read and worth the low ball price point.
He set out from Maryland with his wife, son and daughter and two cats to circle the loop clock-wise. I find it fascinating to read peoples journeys as they deal with weather, pets and kids. Each adventure is different from the others. Adrian is a fair writer, but seemed to improve as their story moved along. They even take a side trip to the Bahamas that was a very different look than the ones I have seen.
This was also the first family oriented read on a boat in a while and the struggles of home schooling are addressed often. It seems that it can work on a boat, as it has for many families in the past, and I paid attention to this as my daughter is still young. It eventually lead me to read about the Donnelly’s adventure going on right now on SV Serenity, again a catamaran.
These journals are, like the circumnavigating books I have read, a completely new world of words and experiences. I am a hiker by nature and adventures like the Martin’s are a different take on what you can do to make life more interesting.
I recommend his book, check it out on Amazon.com.
Keep writing, and reading, and while you’re at it-having adventures!