So many favourite nautical texts and tales … but we are particularly grateful to Rod Heikell. In 1986 he lured us to exotic Turkey, then an unknown cruising destination, with his guide Turkish Waters & Cyprus Pilot. We have never looked back and cruising Turkey’s turquoise coast (in the East Aegean) remains a favourite region to which we frequently return. Whereas most guides are purely factual, Rod also brings history and culture alive giving a unique flavor that is so helpful in both planning and living the trip—especially as, in our experience, he is always right!
Adam Mayers’ books include Beyond Endurance and Sea of Dreams
Nothing I have ever read about boats and the sea rivals Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin series, often called “Master and Commander.” The novels put you on the quarterdeck of an 18th-century fighting ship with all the rich details of battles, people, places. It is as close as we’ll ever come to understanding what it was like to live in that time and place.