A few years back, several of us Alberg 30 sailors
took an opportunity to dredge oysters on a skipjack. We'd met Wade
Murphy, captain and owner of the Rebecca T. Ruark at
Chesapeake Appreciation Days and Windjammers
of the Chesapeake. He's an eloquent man when he starts telling tales.
One thing that that is abundantly clear when he speaks is how much he
loves that boat and the way of life that he inherited from his father.
Where many skippers have let their skipjacks languish to rot when the
oysters harvest was decimated by disease, pollution and perhaps
overharvesting, Wade has put more money into his boat; perhaps more
than it ever can repay in oysters.
An in-depth reference to almost every essential system
found on a sailboat. Calder has well-considered strategies for everything.
Granted, there are good alternatives to some of his approaches, but he
won't lead you astray. This is a book you can trust. Now expanded in
its second edition.