Posted by: oldsalt1942 | February 11, 2012

My Writing Available at

This is a shameless, unapologetic plug for my writing available at

Newer posts appear below this.

A fictionalized account of the tragic fourth voyage of Christopher Columbus.

A short story about my single-handed passage from Key West to Isla Mujeres on a 26′ sailboat.

  I spent six months of full-time work editing/rewriting this century-old novel of piracy in the Caribbean so that it reads as if it were written in the 21st century.

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | March 5, 2014

Affordable “Mini” Shanty

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | December 31, 2013

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | June 17, 2013

11 Floating Homes From Around The World

These definitely DON’T fall into the shantyboat category, but they’re still cool…

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | January 10, 2013

Low Tech Magazine

A very interesting site full of low-tech solutions for today’s problems.

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | January 3, 2013

Houseboat or Boathouse?

I don’t know how you’d classify this but it sure is cool…

boat roof


Read all about it here:

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | December 31, 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 93,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | December 25, 2012

From Panama We Wish You…



Posted by: oldsalt1942 | November 30, 2012

E-Book Prices Reduced For Christmas

For the Christmas Season I’ve reduced the prices for my Columbus e-books from $4.99 to $2.99.

Adversity's Wake 6-25 X 9-5 300dpi

This is the incredible, true story of the calamitous fourth voyage of Christopher Columbus to the “New World.” It has all the elements of fiction…hurricanes, pitched battles with the natives of Panama, being marooned on Jamaica for more than a year, mutiny by half of the crew, bloody battles with former shipmates, a heroic trip in an open canoe over the open ocean before final rescue.

This dual-language book is designed for Spanish-Speakers studying English. English is shown in boldface followed immediately by the Spanish translation in italics to see how good their comprehension is. But, because of the unique formatting, the English text can easily be read as if the Spanish portion wasn’t even there.

To take advantage of this sale price you need to do the following:

Go to and register for an account. They do not share your information with anyone and they won’t send you spam messages.

The book can be downloaded for the Kindle or any of the following e-readers: Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others.

Next, go to: and “buy” the book. When you go to check out of the site enter the following code: VB92L (not case sensitive). You will be charged the sale price of $2.99.

If you would like to read the book in Spanish first, then you need to buy: La Virada Por La Estela de la Adversidad: El Cuarto Viaje Desafortunado De Cristóbal Colón. 

Follow the same instructions for buying the English version, but enter the code PE75U.

The books are also available in paperback. Unfortunately, because of printing costs I’m not able to offer a discounted price but the English/Spanish version is available here:

The Spanish/English version can be purchased here:

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | October 10, 2012

Too Cool For Words

This has absolutely nothing to do with boats at all, but some things are just too cool not to share.

Posted by: oldsalt1942 | September 19, 2012

Sept. 19th – It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Don’t know how? These guys will help you…

Fair winds, mates…

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