11/10 Great book
I finished Me, the Boat and a Guy Named Bob in two days - normally it would take me 4-6 weeks to finish a novel of this size: I couldn't put it down.
What a fantastic story - a great story well told. An amazing insight into a slice of history .... highly recommended, well worth reading
Me, the Boat, and a Guy Named Bob - an utterly captivating tale of a series of adventures experienced by a young man cruising the world’s oceans pursuing his dream of adventure, romance, and life outside the box. Written in a flowing style charmingly conversational, yet informed and reflective, author Chris Bowman places the reader seemingly inside his life, making you a partner to his cliffhanging, risky escapades.
Facing shipwreck yet again, Chris writes “ I do remember it stood out as a dark and stormy night, the kind of a night when strange riders could have been seen approaching as the wind began to howl.” Countless jewels like this are sprinkled from cover to cover.
I can attest his yarns, improbable and occasionally hair-raising though they are, are literally true, because I was there, as a shipmate aboard the old, leaky yet durable ketch “Hawcon” as Chris began his life at sea, a life which eventually led to his exotic ship building and partnership with mega-star folksinger Bob Dylan aboard a 68 foot wooden yawl they built in the native Grenadine style, among the palms of yesteryear Bequia Island in the far south Caribbean.
My only complaint I made to Chris about his story is that at 437 pages, it is too brief. Grab it, settle in to your most comfortable chair, and hang on for the ride - hopefully, soon coming to a movie theater near you.
Oh, to be a young man again.
When I picked up Me, the Boat, and a Guy Named Bob, I really could'nt put it down. I knew some of Chris' story from an interview he did for our feature doc Vanishing Sail but I knew there was alot more to it...especially interesting (for me anyway) the incredible series of events that led to his very risky arrival in the West Indies. And of course I loved the gently chronicled details of boatbuilding on the beach - but I am biased. Nuff Respect to my Bro - a great read indeed!