Dreamspeaker VancouverJanuary weather got you down? Dive into a Cruise guide (from Canada or down south) and get away from it all.

The NEW edition of PORTS Cruising Guides: Lake Ontario and The 1000 Islands is available for PRE-SALE now!

The Hen Who SailedThe fine folks at the Nautical Mind have been stocking their shelves and website with one thing – boating books, charts, PORTS guides –boat topics, especially from Canadian sources, exclusively. This dedicated bookstore that has been a fixture on Toronto’s waterfront for years, remains true to its roots. Count us lucky!

Sailing Serious OceanWhen the weather turns ugly, how many of us contemplate just taking off, maybe forever. Long distance cruising requires commitment, skill and a certain kind of mindset. Here’s some approaches to consider as winter closes in.

Ports TSW cover 400Gift the cruising boater’s essential companion to one of the most popular Canadian boating destinations.

The Adlard Coles Book of Mediterranean CruisingWinter getaways usually mean the Caribbean but if you go right now or in the spring, the weather might work for you. Here are some titles to assist the dreaming.

Explorer Chartbook ExumasWhat happened. Where did our summer go? Well, never mind that, it’s time to start thinking about winter getaways. Here are some titles to prime the dreaming.

The Boat Galley CookbookIt’s still vacation time and that means calories don’t count. The Boat Galley Cookbook: 800 Everyday Recipes and Essential Tips for Cooking Aboard teaches readers how to set up, provision, and cook in their galley so no one goes hungry. 

Skippers Cockpit NavigationBooks to read while you’re semi-snoozing in the cockpit on a lazy summer afternoon. Some diversion, some useful. Enjoy.

Book Series by Erik SkovgaardThree books in a series of books by Canadian author Erik Skovgaard. These three books, as the author states, are not intended to be comprehensive treatises on their subject matter. They are intended to be Guide/Handbooks. This has been extremely well accomplished.  To entice you to actually read and use them there are three major points to consider.

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