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Paperback, 6″x9″
186 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63381-077-6


SeaofLife_coverby Captain David Witherill

“Make friends with the admiral and the captain as they wend their way from Maine to the Bahamas. Laugh, navigate, and batten the hatches with
them, and take notes for your own trip as well. For the armchair traveler looking for a good read, and for the serious sailor planning a trip to the
Bahamas, Witherill tells it likes it is, with humor and patience.”
— Rev. Susan Gilpin, Falmouth, ME

“Captain Witherill has written an informative, colorful and amusing tale, sharing the joys and challenges of trekking from Maine down the ICW
to the (hopefully) warm waters beyond. A must read for any icebound northern sailor dreaming of a winter aboard in the Bahamas.”
— David Murray, Portland Yacht Club, Falmouth, ME

“A Mainer from a seafaring family, Dave’s writing about his lifetime at sea is witty, informed, and from the heart. He crafts memorable stories, whether as captain of a 900-foot tanker braving the icy seas of the Gulf of Alaska or as captain of his own 34-foot sloop plying the crystal clear and shallow waters of the Exumas banks.
— Michael Samway, Captain, M/V Muddy Waters
(Krogen North Sea 48), Miami, FL


David Witherill has been around the salt water all of his life, starting at two weeks of age when his father took him for his first sail. After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy he spent a career at sea as a deck officer, including eighteen years as master and five as a mooring master. He and his wife Gail reside in Cumberland, Maine, and have two grown children.