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Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian [Paperback]

MR Andrew W. Gunson

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December 2004

Imagine swimming, surrounded by hundreds of giant Manta Rays in the Sea of Cortez, or riding the tail of a hurricane towards Hawaii while a second storm threatens to overtake your small sailboat from behind.

The Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian, candidly chronicles the true-life adventures of a family of four that set forth on a 52 foot sailboat to circumnavigate the world. The life-long dream of the head of the household seizes the family's imagination and together they sail off on a voyage of discovery and often humorous misadventure, allowing the reader to experience what it is truly like on a daily basis to live the life of a 'Sea Gypsy' with a pair of precocious children and an initially apprehensive spouse as crew. The book covers the first year of the voyage, traversing the coast from Canada to Mexico; including being anchored in San Francisco during the assault on the World Trade Center -- experiencing the Golden Gate City gripped in fear, as well as tales of scuba diving the 'Great White Shark' infested waters of the Farallon Islands off the coast of California.

Life on the water includes cruiser's music festivals, exploring tropical desert islands, and a road trip through the Baja desert, which entails staring down the barrel of a loaded machine gun on more than one occasion. Despite our apparent carefree existence, the tragic destruction of several vessels and the loss of some friends, soberly remind us of the potentially dangerous life we were leading upon the sea. The other crazy cruisers that we meet along the way; the rich and famous, the poets, paupers and musicians whose own stories and lust for life, often bordering on the bizarre, unexpectedly injected spice and color into our lives as we wander under sail.

The author is a storyteller with the heart of an adventurer; he has the ability to infect others with his zeal for life and his love of the sea.

Written with the Spirit of Tristan Jones lurking in the shadows. Th e Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian effectively captures the day to day essences of contemporary cruising. Th e author is a vivid story teller who lures the reader into joining his family to share their daily experiences as they rediscover the world on their own terms from the deck of a 52 foot sail boat. Good family fun and High Seas adventure. Full of laughs, fears and heart felt honesty. For armchair sailors or anyone dreaming of sailing over the horizon, a must read.

Commander J.P. Lawson. RNR. RD (Retired)

From Hurricanes to the placid sea of Cortez, from gun toting Mexicans to swimming with Giant Manta Rays and the bitter loss of fellow cruisers, there is never a dull moment for this Canadian sailing family as they endeavour to live out their cruising dreams. Th e Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian is full of memorable characters not the least of which is the Author whose obvious disdain for clothing is celebrated in song, written by a San Franciscan musician. A refreshing look at a lifestyle that most fantasize about but few dare to attempt.

Bay Cruisers Association of San Francisco

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (December 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456455591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456455590
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g

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About the Author

Andrew Gunson grew up in and around boats on the Great Lakes and always dreamed of following the paths of such intrepid sailors as Sir Francis Drake, Joshua Slocum and more recently, Eric and Susan Hiscock. A hearty sailor and a Canadian National sailing champion at the young age of fourteen, he went on to race aboard some of the fastest yachts then afloat, competing against the very best at the World Championship level. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the West Coast of Canada and discovered a completely new world of sailing; leaving the hi-tech racing yachts behind, he began to follow his dream of becoming a 'cruiser'. Together with his father, he purchased his first cruising sailboat, a Columbia 36' and never looked back.

Although a fourth generation mason trained by his Father, Andrew's adventurous spirit led him to attended The College of Oceaneering in Wilmington, California, where he graduated at age twenty. By age twenty-one, he was a Commercial Bell Diver working on oil-drilling ships in the Beaufort Sea; eventually becoming a co-pilot in the submersible program aboard a Norwegian drill ship engaged in exploratory drilling beneath the frigid waters of the Davis' Straight, between Labrador and Greenland. Shortly before his thirtieth birthday, he retired from commercial diving to focus on raising his young family.

With the goal of a better life and their dreams in mind, together with his wife Janet, they purchased and for three years operated a convenience store. After selling the store, Andrew obtained his securities license and became a personal financial analyst and tax consultant.

Andrew's love affair with the sea continued as he and his family explored the West Coast of British Columbia, all the while voraciously reading the stories of all the great and sometimes infamous world cruisers that came before him. He continued to dream, just waiting for his own chance to sail off.

After surviving a brush with deadly skin cancer, a pair of automobile accidents, one of which almost claimed Andrew's life, not to mention being accidentally shot while bear hunting, the couple decided it was time to stop dreaming and start planning their escape. Hence, The Voyage of the Maiatla and the Naked Canadian began.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book March 15 2011
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I've been on a theme, reading a couple dozen books, mostly nonfiction, on sailing. This stands as one of my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite an Adventure Dec 25 2011
By Dana Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
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Although not a diver, I found the book to be quite readable, entertaining and informative. I try to read as much as I can on those sailing the Sea of Cortez as I'll be sailing there again myself next year when I return to San Carlos where my boat is presently stored. Their adventures, narrow escapes, friends along the way, mishaps and problems solved all make for a great read. Bottom line, for me at least, is simply that it doesn't matter what size boat one has, all the same sights, adventures and experiences are common to all those that sail regardless if the vessel is 25' or 45'. Having their children aboard was a wonderful thing and even though circumstances changed their plans at times, it's not the destination that is so wonderful to read about but the journey. Having been to a few places they mentioned made it that much more interesting. Great read for anyone contemplating a voyage on their own......or an armchair traveler sitting in front of a warm fireplace......or even one that's been there, done that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing read July 16 2010
By Ed Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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Andy writes a very honest, amusing way. An excellent insight into life at sea, really felt I knew the family well by the end of the book.

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