This book was one of the most fun to work on, but a heck of a lot of work for almost a year. Because I had been sailing for many years in the Caribbean with my husband, Jon, the editors at Sasquatch Books asked if I had any ideas on some sort of boating guide for the Northwest.
Although we had never owned a boat in the Northwest, we had enjoyed many years of sailing, whale watching, kayaking, and river rafting. Maybe other people would like to know how to get on the water without the hassles of boat ownership ... and with such thoughts began the research to create Boatless in Seattle: Getting on the Water in Western Washington Without Owning a Boat.
Each chapter covers a specific activity like river rafting, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, dinghy sailing, cruising, tourist boating (including whale watching, bird watching and dining on the water) or crewing. The research occupied many, many weeks as I participated in almost all of the activities I wrote about. The most challenging was learning the basics of white water kayaking. Many organizations subsidized my boating experiences, but never for a positive write-up, just an acknowledgement and thank you. Each chapter begins with a fictional description of someone rafting, rowing or whatever, then goes on to talk about classes, opportunities to participate, and sometimes ways to volunteer and get out on the water. What I hadn't anticipated was becoming enamored of crewing, both 8-person and two-person shells. I did almost all the photo-illustrations except the cover.
The book is out of print now, but some copies are available at places like Amazon.com.
Paperback: 304 pages Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 1" thick (22 x 14 x 2.5 cm) Publisher: Sasquatch Books; May 1, 1999 ISBN: 1570611432
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