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With Reckless Abandon: Memoirs of a Boat-Obsessed Life

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Imbued with a sea captain’s outlook on life and the optimistic attitudes found in overcoming obstacles—from battling childhood polio to preparing and maintaining a 100-year-old wooden schooner—this autobiography regales the life of a leading windjammer captain and tugboat skipper. Packed with wonderful characters and salty adventures—from a mutinous cook to sailing through nor’easters—this inspirational life story takes readers from ports of call in Florida and the Bahamas to ...

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Overview

Imbued with a sea captain’s outlook on life and the optimistic attitudes found in overcoming obstacles—from battling childhood polio to preparing and maintaining a 100-year-old wooden schooner—this autobiography regales the life of a leading windjammer captain and tugboat skipper. Packed with wonderful characters and salty adventures—from a mutinous cook to sailing through nor’easters—this inspirational life story takes readers from ports of call in Florida and the Bahamas to the foggy shores of Maine.

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Editorial Reviews

Homes & Harbors Maine Boats
Sharp describes how he turned an also-ran into the racehorse of the coast.
Maine Sunday Telegram
Capt. Jim Sharp has penned a big-hearted, joyfully told tale of his 50 years aboard every kind of vessel along the coast of Maine.
From the Publisher
"Prepare to wipe the salty spray from your cheeks as his stories take you on wonderful voyages . . . "  —Marge Pratt, captain, Chapman School of Seamanship

"Told in a breezy, conversational tone . . . some three dozen boats and three marriages . . . adventures afloat and the characters he encountered from Maine's foggy coast to the Great Lakes and Europe."  —Soundings

"The book reads like love letters to his old ships."  —Bangor Daily News

"Here, in an excerpt from his newly published book, . . . Sharp describes how he turned an also-ran into the racehorse of the coast."  —Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors

"Capt. Jim Sharp has penned a big-hearted, joyfully told tale of his 50 years aboard every kind of vessel along the coast of Maine."  —Maine Sunday Telegram

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608930005
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,183,764
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Capt. Jim Sharp is a veteran seaman with more than 40 years of experience. His sailing articles have appeared in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and Soundings. He is the recipient of the Caffery Antique and Classic Boats Award for his dedication to maritime preservation. He lives in Camden, Maine.

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