What Experts Are Saying About BoatSense

  • I only wish Doug Logan's wonderfully engaging and instructive treatise had been around 20 years ago... Warm, accessible, and wickedly smart, BoatSense is an instant classic.

    — Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Second Wind

    If you are even remotely interested in boats, you need to read BoatSense.

    — Ed Sherman, author of The Powerboater's Guide to Electrical Systems

    Good sense and good boats have rarely been so clear and entertaining.

    — John Rousmaniere, author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

    Hundreds of books claim to enlighten beginning boaters, helping them make sensible choices when buying a vessel and learning the ropes of ownership. Few I have read accomplish that as well as BoatSense, perhaps because few authors who live, breathe, and bleed boating as Doug Logan does have the skill to share experiences and lay out personal preferences in authentic fashion and with a dash of humor. This slender volume is a handy compendium for beginning boaters, but it’s just as useful for professionals in the trades as a reminder that less is often more—as in: less hassle but more fun.

    — Dieter Loibner, Professional Boatbuilder


    BoatSense is rated by The Book Authority:
    among The 15 Best Boating Books of All Time.


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Author's Note

  • BoatSense is not a how-to-do book, although it does have some checklists. It's more a promotion of a thought process and a set of habits that come in handy on boats. I tried to include only material that would have made sense to mariners of the past and should make sense to them in future. I hope it brings a nod and a laugh to experienced boat people. And I hope that newcomers can take away some of the thinking and find it useful as they have their own adventures.

Publisher's Note
from Seapoint Books

  • What if you could get expert and entertaining advice from a sailor and powerboater who has spent a lifetime testing and writing about boats and boat gear, and experiencing first-hand the joys and trials of owning them?

    In BoatSense, veteran sailor and writer Doug Logan speaks directly to those who have been bitten by the boating bug, but who may be overwhelmed by the complexity of the game and by the amount of information available. His mission is not to give all the answers, but to provide a way of thinking about the issues involved in owning and operating a boat safely and happily. At the heart of his advice are simplicity and the habits of good seamanship. His reflections would have brought a smile to experienced mariners of the past, and no doubt will do the same for mariners of the future.

    Learn about the mindset of seamanship in the chapter called "Walking the Beat." Understand the importance of maintenance and your own DIY skills in "Embrace the Hacksaw." Think through the most important processes of evaluating, shopping for, and equipping a boat with the wisdom in "Buying In" and "The Right Stuff."

    BoatSense contains some of the most important checklists and sidebars a new boat-buyer will need, including:

    - Checklist for an Unfamiliar Boat
    - Volts, Watts, Amps, and Ohms
    - Marine Engine Care
    - Boatyard Chores: Who Does What?
    - Recommended Tools
    - Basic Navigation Gear … and more


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