Best books to read onboard

The greatest element of boating is the peace and space it provides you to really relax. For some relaxing means a fishing line in the water. Others it might be more artistic pursuits such as photography or painting. Yet you would be hard pressed to find a boat owner who did not consider which books to take onboard for those quiet days.

We have put together a list of four of the best books to have aboard your boat.

Lighthouses of Australia, Images From The End of an Era

by John Ibbotson

For anyone who cruises extensively, the site of a lighthouse is reassuring if not romantic. There are over 350 lighthouses in Australia and now there is a stunning coffee table book detailing over 220 of them. Each lighthouse is accompanied by beautiful photos, descriptions and histories to enrich the journey around our coastline and delight guests onboard. 

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Dolphins at Sunset

by Elizabeth Thurston

In the early 1980s, Michael Thurston told his wife, Elizabeth, he had decided they were going to sail around the world. She was still in hospital having given birth to their second child. Yet that was no great obstacle and soon enough, the family of four set sail on their 50-foot ketch, Drina. Over four years, Elizabeth details their journey (inclusive of some serious home schooling) around the globe complete with dolphins at sunset. A perfect book for those wanting to cruising the world either in real life or from the comfort of the sofa.

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The Secret River

by Kate Grenville

Warning: this is not a light read. It chronicles the life of a British colonist, William Thornhill, who makes a life on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in the 1800s. It covers the interactions with the local indigenous population which were at times violent. What it does magnificently is describe the breathtaking beauty of the Hawkesbury River. And for those who prefer, the ABC has made a miniseries of the award-winning book.

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The Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

This is the unlikely story of a zebra, orangutan called Orange Juice, a hyena, a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker and a young boy called Pi. They find themselves afloat on the Pacific Ocean in an open lifeboat. It is an extraordinary tale of strength, faith and resilience. It is a joy and simply surprising. A perfect book for the dreamers. And the book is better than the movie.

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