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BECOMING COASTAL: 25 Years of Exploration and Discovery of the British Columbia Coast by Paddle, Oar and Sail WATERBORNE: A Slow Trip Around a Small Planet ANCESTOR: A Carriacou Sloop's Voyage to Vancouver
In this collection of narratives Victoria technologist, environmentalist and writer Alex Zimmerman tells stories not only of self-propelled travel and adventure but also of nature, the magnificent environment and of interesting people that he meets on the coast of British Columbia. Zimmerman is not the first to paddle and write about the British Columbia Coast, but he brings a fresh and personal perspective as he details how he learns the necessary physical and mental skills of solo traveling. Waterborne is the story of an artist, an engineer and a Labrador—three entirely different personalities—who abandon a stable middle-age lifestyle for a pitching deck and the possibility of pirates. Ancestor is the story of a Carriacou sloop, an engineless, locally-built sailing vessel purchased and refit by the author while living and sailing in the vicinity of the islands of St. Vincent and Grenada in the Caribbean Sea. The Carriacou sloop is one of a legendary class of sailing craft hand-built of wood by local Caribbean builders using traditional shipbuilding methods and following designs passed down over generations.