Trawler aficionados have discovered a variety of popular books, movies and music selections that seem to make their way aboard just about every boat out cruising. Not counting charts and guide books (which are essential reading, but typically don’t qualify as “entertainment”) this is a collection of some of my favorite “leisure resources” – picked up through time aboard with fellow cruisers – that should provide you some good entertainment and education while afloat. Whether you have hard copies or keep your library on an iPad, iPod, Kindle, PDF’s or another device, it is nice to be able to find some time to kick back and enjoy arm chair boating…
Back in 2002 I was a crew member aboard the Nordhavn 40 ATW (Around the World) adventure from Barbados through the Panama Canal I used part of my daily reports to tell the world what music we were playing on board. It is amazing to think that now you can be out cruising, and when within range pick up Sirius satellite radio to listen to your favorite music or catch a sporting or news event. If you have the internet you can listen to Pandora. Some people pass time at watch listening to books on tape (as long as they don’t get distracted from their primary duty of running the ship).
From time to time I like to write up a review of a good read and you will find some of those recommendations to download in this section of the JMYS.com website.
Here I present few of my favorite boating books, movies and music to enjoy when away from land. It’s hard to know what others will like and a list like this can never be complete, but I hope it will be a good place for you to start assembling your own Ship’s library of favorite entertainment. Naturally I’m always interested in what others enjoy (and am sorry if you don’t like some of my selections, but that is what makes these summaries interesting) so please email me with your media recommendations. I’m sure there are many great books, movies and music that I have overlooked or may not been aware of. Hopefully I’ll be able to add your favorites as this list grows!