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BOOKS TO READ

Hero’s Loop Stories of Boating and Adventure By Mike and Denniese Liles Review by Steve Morrell This recently released book is about Mike and Denniese Liles’ adventures cruising America’s Great Loop. Mike and Denniese are both sailors, but this six-thousand-mile journey was taken on their Marine Trader 40 trawler, which they bought for the trip. They named it Lifestyle II, after Mike’s previous boat—a sailboat—named Lifestyle. A trawler? The chapter where Mike talks about the beginning of their plans to do the Great Loop is titled “When Sailors Grow Up, They Buy Trawlers.” The first several chapters of the book are about Mike’s early days that were the beginning of his lifelong love affair with boats, which actually began when he saw the movie The African Queen when he was a young boy. From then on, he gravitated toward boats, even joining the Navy, which sent him on to inland Tennessee, although after four years, he never got duty on a Navy ship. But his life onboard began afterwards, and he sailed for many years. And the first few chapters of the book is about his adventure in boating before the Great Loop. Mike quotes an article from the July 2005 issue of SOUTHWINDS about the Regata del Sol al Sol in 2005, in which

he sailed. SOUTHWINDS published a photo taken from the boat on which Mike sailed. I remember the photo well, as it showed Seraphim, a Mason 53 yawl, literally “jumping out of the water” in rough seas and winds.* Although this is not a guidebook for traveling the Great Loop (although it could be a good companion to a guidebook), it would be a good book that would entice people who are considering the trip—or who just want to read about it. Guidebooks aren’t for armchair reading, but this book is. It’s written in somewhat of a logbook fashion, taking the reader along from the Liles’ start (it actually starts when they start looking for the right trawler) in Key Largo, then up Florida’s southeast coast to Stuart, where they enter the “official” Great Loop. From there they head up the east coast and beyond, taking the reader along—through all the main stops, which include the adventures they, and their dog Maggie, encounter. The Great Loop is a trip a lot of us would love to take, me included. If you want to be enticed to take the trip, Hero’s Loop might entice you enough to make the leap and go. Hero’s Loop is available at Amazon. * In our July 2005 issue, on page 29, photo credit should also be given to Mike Liles. Anyone who reads Hero’s Loop will understand. You can read the article in “Back Issues” at www.southwindsmagazine.com.

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