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Voyage of the Maiatla with the Naked Canadian Paperback – Dec 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (December 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456455591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456455590
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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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Format: Paperback
Very interesting and well written. I enjoyed reading about the author's experiences. The challenges that he and his family faced and overcame were pretty amazing and it was hard to put the book down because of the anticipation of the next event in this incredible journey.
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HASH(0xb47f6ed0) out of 5 stars Quite an Adventure Dec 25 2011
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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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HASH(0xb4854a80) 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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HASH(0xb48549cc) out of 5 stars Amusing read July 16 2010
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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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