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I have just finished reading this book and being an avid sailor of limited skill I can really appreciate the trials and tribulations of this voyage. I also appreciate the frankness and candid honesty of his writing.
In some ways he draws you along with him on his mission. Reading the book 40 years later, one can really appreciate the lack of technology and basic communication. On a voyage like that I would have HF ,vhf , satphone , gps , radar , cellphone and sat internet with back up and auto helm before I left. Also the 26 year old Morris petrol engine would never suffice. I am a man for the diesel main sail when mother nature does not play along.I really admire the authors fortitude. Once started I could not put it down and recommend it for all the armchair sailors like myself .