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Old 28-04-2014, 11:04   #1
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Book swap stop?

I am a voracious reader, and prefer the written page to my laptop (although I do have several hundred emergency ePubs). At any new anchorage or where ever there is a "cruisers net" one of my first questions is "Got any books to swap?". Once rendezvoused with another cruiser off the Rosalind Bank just to swap books on a passage from Isla San Andreas to Isla Mujeres.

Occasionally I run into a marina, or yacht club that has a great "take one - leave one" library... The old Pedro Miguel Boat Club in Panama comes to mind. Had 3 walls of books from English to Chinese.

Does anyone know of any other good "cruisers libraries" ? Could be anywhere, the ICW, Leewards and Windwards, Central America, etc.

Right now I only know the one I started here at the marina I am currently refitting in. I started it just to get rid of my excess from the local thrift shops. Heading south later this summer and will be looking.

Post one if you know one... Just to start the ball rolling?

Powells Marina
Kennards Town Rd Deltaville Va
At the head of Jackson Creek mid Chesapeake
150 books + Free

Tybee Island Library
Tybee Island Ga (Savannah River Entrance)
2 Racks of Free Paperbacks (Donations excepted)

Help a junkie support their habit

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Old 28-04-2014, 11:31   #2
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Re: Book swap stop?

We also like to hold a real book. I've had to resort to my wifes Kindle as I haven't found any place to swap in S. Africa to Brazil. Usually put out the word in the anchorage or marina and can get a few that way. Soon heading to Barbados from Salvadore, Brazil with at least 60 good paperbacks to trade. See you there?

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Old 28-04-2014, 11:36   #3
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Re: Book swap stop?

Two possibilities come to mind:

1) How about a "book" flag to fly in an anchorage? Sort of an invitation for other cruisers to dinghy over with books to trade.

2) Maybe if we ask nicely, Jeff will add a "swap library" field to the marina record in ActiveCaptain next time he's in there doing an update. Meanwhile, we can all put this info in our reviews.
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Old 30-04-2014, 11:11   #4
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Re: Book swap stop?

@ Capt Tom... Both great ideas. As to the flag, something like this?

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Old 30-04-2014, 15:21   #5
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Re: Book swap stop?

Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club marina in Manly, Qld. has a good book swap library in the laundry room. And a "take it free" table for boat bits and other stuff.

The flag idea is seductive, but it would take a lot of publicity to make it recognized over all the cruising world. Despite CF's large membership, only a small fraction of the cruisers we've met even know about it, let alone follow it closely enough to be aware of the "swap flag". Might be worth a try anyhow...

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Old 30-04-2014, 15:29   #6
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Re: Book swap stop?

a lot of resorts (hotel type) also have book swaps

stop blowing smoke up my rear, blow it at the sails instead
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