Since its inception in 1992, The Mariner’s Book of Days has been hailed as the best, most entertaining nautical desk diary and calendar to see print. It is also a valuable reference in its own right; each annual edition—completely different from its predecessor—has become a collector’s item. On each right-hand page is a day- by-day accounting of historical events and space for daily notes, appointments, and reminders. On each left-hand page is a fascinating miscellany of what Robert Louis Stevenson once called “the entertainment of fooling among boats.”
The Mariner’s Book of Days is a daily, weekly, monthly, annual reminder of the things we love most about the watery world: the pleasures of choosing, building and maintaining our own boats; the intricacies of seamanship and navigation; the development of nautical knowledge; the traditions of the sea; the evolution of a way of life. It is organized in a generally topical manner yet has a labyrinthine quality, not unlike the way we think about the sea when we are so unfortunate as to be away from it. One thing leads to another and then another,and before we know it we’re building a boat with Howard Chapelle, or sailing around the world with Joshua Slocum, or having a drink with Captain John Smith, or, perhaps best of all, dreaming about boats, ships, and the sea with Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
The Mariner’s Book of Days is an annual treasure. Year by year it takes us on a new and different 365-day imaginary voyage through time, an encyclopedic passage through the maritime past, present and future.
Great History, Informative Tips, and Wonderful Sea and BoatingTrivia
By R. Aloysius Harrison on Aug 06, 2013
This publication has been a treasure I have been acquiring every year for better than a decade. In addition to using it as a daily reminder, it's also useful as a daily log for those who like journaling.
Every Year! Just love it.
By David J. Walker on Jan 03, 2014
Nothing better than sitting in a boreing meeting and reading through this book. Sure makes the time go by much quicker with the "Day Dreams" that Mr. Spectre influences!
BEWARE, Loose cannon aboard!
By Capt. Billy Fletcher on Feb 13, 2014
Last year Dec. & Jan. were messed up. This year the moon phases are entirely wrong. But I still love this book and hope better for it's future. I will buy it again.
By Lamp Lighter on Jan 28, 2014
I give a 5 star rating because I cannot think of anything I should miss more were I not to get the current one each year. These pages do far more than measure the passing year and track my appointments; it keeps me entertained and educated with the bits of history and lore, the facts and factoids, on every page. And I haven't even mentioned the illustrations!
By Sally on Feb 27, 2014
Love the pictures and stories as usual. The only problem is that the phases of the moon are wrong. Otherwise perfect.
A Must for Sailors
By Carolyn Worsham on Jan 04, 2014
The Mariner's Book of Days serves as a calendar, a history lesson, and an inspiration to modern-day sailors. It's a part of our family tradition -- everyone gets one for Christmas!
An annual favorite
By Menzrob on May 07, 2014
I buy this every year for my husband. He not only likes using it to record daily activities, but as a lover of the sea, he thoroughly enjoys reading the daily historical information. He would be most upset if this wasn't one of his birthday gifts every year.
Marine Book of Days 2014 review
By Jim Dunsmore on Jan 23, 2014
I have been using the "Mariner's Book of Days" for years. As with this one, It has always been very entertaining providing useful tidbits of knowledge, all but forgotten facts, and marine related stories. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in marine things.
Book of Days is terrific
By Marlin Bree on Jan 13, 2014
I've always had a penchant for Peter Spectre's fine Book of Days and have used it as a constant desk companion for years.
Great reading for a calendar
By James R. Elliott on May 25, 2014
Always interesting, always surprising, always new information I've been buying this for years for myself, this was a gift for a friend and he is impressed also.