Ac­ci­den­tal Cap­tain

By Glenn Pa­tron (2016; Ven­tura Pub­lish­ing; $13)

Cruising World - - Underway -

There is noth­ing ac­ci­den­tal about Glenn Pa­tron’s path to cruis­ing aboard his own boat. He as­pired to sail­ing ad­ven­tures from boy­hood — ex­actly where this au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of his seven decades be­gins. The au­thor’s play-by­play struc­ture is te­dious, but he re­counts his up­bring­ing, ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships and work with a Fatty Good­lan­der­like sen­si­bil­ity that makes them palat­able. The plea­sure in this read is de­liv­ered in the sto­ries of his re­al­ized and un­re­al­ized pur­suits of boat own­er­ship, sail­ing ad­ven­ture and cruis­ing dreams. — Michael Robert­son

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