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Old 09-12-2008, 05:29   #1
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Adrift, Steven Callahan

This book is an old favorite from my childhood that I am re-reading. I would strongly recommend it to all.

I believe this work succeeds so much as a novel, unlike other survival accounts, because the author is able to transfer his vast marine and mariner knowledge into saving his life (over and over) at literally the bare bones level, and record every step into print. Adrift: Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea: Steven Callahan: Books
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:40   #2
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I also thought the book was great.

If anyone out there is interested in spearfishing, there is a great weekend long charity event coming up in Ft. Lauderdale Feb. 6,7, and 8. Steve Callahan is the featured speaker, as well as some of the true legends of the sport of spearfishing. I went last year and it was a pretty amazing event.
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:04   #3
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Casco - thanks for the reminder. That was one of my favorite books for the same reasons you mentioned. I need to dig it out and re-read it. My other two favorite true-adventure sailing books are:

In the Heart of the Sea

Maiden Voyage
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i read adrift and it was ok .. but i think this book was better:

desperate voyage by john caldwell.

In May 1946, John Caldwell, stranded in Panama after the WW2, set out single-handed on a 9,000 mile journey aboard the 29-foot Pagan to rejoin his wife in Sydney.
sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most.
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I think the most interesting two things in that book - one of my favorites, by the way -- is that a) you can drink seawater, mixed with fresh (forgot the proportions he tried), and that a 6 man raft is too small for one man, lol.

If I am wrong, let me know, I think these were in his book (been awhile).

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly.... who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” T.R.
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