The chronicles of Jones' adventures aboard his beloved "Cresswell", a wooden lifeboat converted to a cruising sailboat. Jones survives storms, dismastings, arrest by the Soviet navy, the smuggling of Edam cheeses and Barbary apes and being sunk by whales. We also get to meet an intriguing cast of dockside characters: Karl, the German fish-canning salesman; Pete, the Australian smuggler; Sissie, the Englishwoman who weedles her way permanently aboard; and Neson, Jones' three-legged dog.
Autobiographical sketches from 1961 to 1969, laced with rum, schnapps and strange encounters. They principally record a series of wayward voyages and delivery trips beset by nautical disasters, and the amazing chances which have so far prevented them from ending fatally. At the start it promises to be an adventure yarn for the reader who "always longed to run a trading schooner in the South Seas but became a chartered accountant instead". However, considerable admiration must be extended to an author capable of overcoming so much adversity, and whose homespun philosophy is, in his own words, "of great comfort to those at the end of their tether". It's quite a jolly read. Cruising Here's a rollicking, rumbustious yarn of small boat seafaring, packed with incidents and characters to make you gasp and stretch your eyes. Practical Boat Owner Jones's prose--a unique and arresting blend of the earthy, philosophical and the picaresque--and the sheer scale and tangential offshoots of his adventures, made him a wonderful tonic in the age of irredeemably dull books documenting yet another round-the-world race. Motorboat & Yachting
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.33