Canoe and Kayak Building the Light and Easy Way:How to Build Tough, Super-Safe Boats in Kevlar, Carbon, or Fiberglass Sam Rizzetta
Strip-building--assembling a pile of thin wood strips into a functional hull--has been a popular canoe-building method for many years. Now boatbuilder Nick Schade, an engineer by training and a self-professed sea kayaking addict, has refined this time-tested method to build the more complex shapes of sea kayaks. The method is simple, forgiving, allows a liberal amount of design flexibility, and requires a minimum number of tools. It´s also relatively inexpensive: about $500 to $600 for one of the designs discussed here--one-quarter the price of a factory-built model. In The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, Schade presents full plans for three elegant designs inspired by the grace and seaworthiness of the Inuit and Aleut skin boats. Profusely illustrated instructions provide the details that will guide you through the process.A complete novice will be able to construct a finished kayak after reading nothing but this book. And for an experienced builder, the techniques here can be expanded to create the perfect boat for you.Strip-building is the most flexible, forgiving, and attractive way to build a small wood boat. Professional sea kayak builder Nick Schade presents complete plans and measurements for three kayaks:Great Auk, a fast, stable, comfortable single for beginnersGuillemot, a beautiful, high-performance single for intermediate and skilled paddlersGuillemot Double, a spacious kayak for twoHere´s all the information you´ll need to build a sturdy, elegant sea kayak, from setting up shop to making a paddle.´´Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip-building to the art of graphic design in wood.´´--Sea Kayaker
Practical Boat Building for Amateurs:Designing and Building Wooden Sailing Boats, Canoes and Kayaks Adrian Neison
Check any poll of the best cities in North America, and you´ll see Vancouver near the top of the list. The only places that beat it are Victoria and, sometimes, San Francisco. The biggest city in British Columbia, Vancouver is famed for letting its residents go from working in high-rise office buildings all day to paddling kayaks, skiing, mountain biking, or doing pretty much any other outdoor activity before sunset. The city is the art and culture capital of the province as well. There´s plenty of theater and good museums, and during the annual film festival you see people lined up around the block waiting to get in to flicks you´ve never heard of. There´s live music somewhere every night of the week plus all the advantages of a university town. Then there´s the wild. Stanley Park is one of the biggest municipal parks anywhere. Get off a trail here, and you´ll forget that you´re in the middle of a city of more than two million residents. Twenty minutes from downtown can put you in the deep forest. Vancouver is also Canada´s melting pot. When Hong Kong emptied out before the Communists took over, about half the people who fled ended up here. There are huge sections where almost nobody speaks English; a recent survey determined that 50 percent of people in the lower mainland - Vancouver and its environs - were born outside Canada. But there´s not just a Chinese influence. Walk down Commercial Drive, and within a block you´ll have a choice of restaurants serving ethnic cuisine from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Jamaica. And that´s just the start. There´s a little something for everybody here, and this is the most detailed guide you will find to the city and its surroundings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abbi Fox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037557/bk_acx0_037557_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tracy Kidder, the ´´master of the nonfiction narrative´´ (The Baltimore Sun) and author of the best-selling classic The Soul of a New Machine, now tells the story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur who as a boy rebelled against authority. Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovered a medium for his talents the first time he saw a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what would eventually be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he began his pilgrim´s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it were an extension of his own mind, he discovered that he had a talent for conceiving innovative enterprises and building teams that can develop them, becoming ´´a Pied Piper´´ of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on one colleague observed, ´´Someday this boy´s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I´m going to be standing beside him´´. Yet when English did indeed make a fortune - when the travel website Kayak was sold for almost $2 billion - the first thing he thought about was how to give the money away: ´´What else would you do with it?´´ The second thing he thought was, ´´What´s next?´´ With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new ideas and new money are reshaping our culture and the world. A Truck Full of Money is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004741/bk_rand_004741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Washington Post hailed Roger Rosenblatt´s Making Toast as a textbook on what constitutes ´´perfect writing,´´ and People lauded Kayak Morning as ´´intimate, expansive, and profoundly moving.´´ Classic tales of love and grief, the New York Times best-selling memoirs are also original literary works that carve out new territory at the intersection of poetry and prose. Now comes The Boy Detective, a story of the author´s childhood in New York City, suffused with the same mixture of acute observation and bracing humor, lyricism and wit. Resisting the deadening silence of his family home in the elegant yet stiflingly safe neighborhood of Gramercy Park, nine-year-old Roger imagines himself a private eye in pursuit of criminals. With the dreamlike mystery of the city before him, he sets off alone, out into the streets of Manhattan, thrilling to a life of unsolved cases. Six decades later, Rosenblatt finds himself again patrolling the territory of his youth: The writing class he teaches has just wrapped up, releasing him into the winter night and the very neighborhood in which he grew up. A grown man now, he investigates his own life and the life of the city as he walks, exploring the New York of the 1950s; the lives of the writers who walked these streets before him, such as Poe and Melville; the great detectives of fiction and the essence of detective work; and the monuments of his childhood, such as the New York Public Library, once the site of an immense reservoir that nourished the city with water before it nourished it with books, and the Empire State Building, which, in Rosenblatt´s imagination, vibrates sympathetically with the oversize loneliness of King Kong: ´´If you must fall, fall from me.´´ As he walks, he is returned to himself, the boy detective on the case. Just as Rosenblatt invented a world for himself as a child, he creates one on this night - the writer a detective still, the chief susp... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Fass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003674/bk_harp_003674_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The centerpiece of a major national campaign to indentify and preserve forgotten history, Here Is Where is acclaimed historian Andrew Carroll’s fascinating journey of discovery in which he travels to each of America’s 50 states and explores locations where remarkable individuals once lived or where the incredible or momentous occurred. Sparking the idea for this audiobook was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was once saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wondered, How many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events unfolded - or where extraordinary men and women made their mark? And then it came to him: the idea of spotlighting great hidden history by traveling the length and breadth of the United States, searching for buried historical treasure. In Here Is Where, Carroll drives, flies, boats, hikes, kayaks and trains into the past, and in so doing, uncovers stories that inspire thoughtful contemplation, occasional hilarity and often, awe. Among the things we learn: Where the oldest sample of DNA in North America was discovered Which obscure American scientist saved 400 million lives Which famous FBI agent was the brother of a notorious gangster Which cemetery contains one million graves - but only one marked How a 14-year-old boy invented television Featured prominently in Here Is Where are an abundance of firsts (including the first elevator, the first modern anesthesia, the first cremation, and the first murder conviction based on forensic evidence), outrages (from massacres, to forced sterilizations, to kidnappings) and breakthroughs (from the invention of the M-1 carbine to the recovery of the last existing sample of Spanish Flu to the building of the rocket that made possible space travel). A profound reminder that the ground we walk is often the top sedimentary laye... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Carroll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003475/bk_rand_003475_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.