“If the point of reading a memoir is to meet a person who is truly good company, and maybe to have a little wisdom rub off at the same time, Small Craft Advisory is a book to read.”The New York Times Book Review
Small Craft Advisory
A Book About the Building of a Boat
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-533-9 • $12.00 • Paperback • June 1993
Craft Advisory is an enchanting book
about Louis Rubin’s obsession with boats and his years of often hilarious
Louis Rubin was thirteen, he built a leaky little boat and paddled it out to
the edge of the ship channel in Charleston, South Carolina, where he felt the
inexorable pull of the water. Fifty years and dozens of boats later—sailboats,
powerboats, inboards and outboards—the pull is as strong as ever.
tradition established by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, and Herman Melville,
distinguished author and scholar Louis Rubin explores man’s longtime passion
for boats. He examines the compulsion that has prompted him and hundreds of
thousands of other non-nautical persons to spend so much time, and no small
portion of their incomes, on watercraft that they can use only infrequently.
new boat (a cabin cruiser made of wood on a workboat hull) is being built,
Rubin tells of his past boats and numerous boating disasters and draws a
poignant comparison between his two passions: watercraft and the craft of
Anyone who has ever bought
and owned a boat—or wondered why people are obsessed by them—will love this
amusing, evocative, beautifully crafted memoir by an inveterate boat-owner.