I love the sea and everything about it—its animals, islands,
pirates, old wooden ships, sunken treasures, early explorers, surfers,
hurricanes, danger and soothing spirituality—and so Hendrickson’s Ocean Almanac
is the anchor to my cruising library for long lazy days of dicking around under
This wonderful collection of facts—both impressive and
trivial—has logged plenty of hours on my boat and in my duffel bag. Its pages
are torn, dog-eared, smudged with tanning oil thumb prints, and spattered with
coffee and rum.
Sure, you can access this stuff online but don’t blame me if
one night, way out beyond the cell towers, you all of a sudden find yourself
jonesing to read about sea lice, the location of the planet’s major sea
currents, or Buster Crabbe’s Rules for Safe Swimming.
If there’s not a copy kept ready at your boat or beach
house, you’re an amateur.
Don’t be that.