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
Foreword Part I: Let's Go! 1. Hell and High Water 2. Pennies from Heaven 3. Say Cheese 4. Hit and Miss 5. Dismasted Again 6. Lost and Found! Part II: Allons! 7. "Blue to the Mast, True to the Last!" 8. A Classic Passage 9. En Passant! 10. Check! 11. Mate! 12. An English Arrival 13. Une Vignette Francaise 14. Messing About in Boats 15. Dismasted Yet Again Part III: !Vamonos! 16. Ups and Downs 17. El Caudillo 18. A Lucky Break 19. An Actor, Bullfighter, and a Traitor 20. Monkey Business 21. Encounters 22. Love Me, Love My Dog 23. "I Don't Know Why You Say Goodbye--I Say Hello!" Epilogue