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Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  466 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
America's only female swordfish boat captain returns with this long- awaited follow-up to the bestselling The Hungry Ocean.

After the exploits recounted in The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean that made her a sensation, Linda Greenlaw took a ten- year hiatus from blue-water fishing. When an old friend offered her a captaincy on his swordboat, Greenlaw ditched her mount
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 2010)
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Jay Connor
Jun 22, 2010 Jay Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many of you know (especially those who know my wife, Carol), I'm an easy mark for a strong, intelligent woman who is comfortable in her own skin and very adept at leading in areas not usually seen as a woman's domain. Linda Greenlaw fits this profile.

I first learned about swordfishing captain, Linda Greenlaw in Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm." (She was played by a pretty impressive woman in her own right - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - in the George Clooney movie version). I've re
Mar 21, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time around Linda is recounting what she thought of as her last big chance to captain a swoardfishing boat from assembling the crew to defending her actions. I found Seaworthy to be just as absorbing as Lobster Chronicles, just as fascinating and perhaps even a touch more depricating.

Greenlaw is a true renegade (even though I cringe at using that word after the 2008 campaigns)as well as an enthralling educator. No doubt I know waaaaayyyyy more about swordfish and how to fish for them comme
Sep 30, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. Greenlaw, get over yourself.

After 10 years away from sword-fishing - 10 years spent lobstering on Isle au Haut - Linda has decided to jump back into the fray and captain the Seahawk with a hand-picked crew of four men who vary in their high seas experience. Understandably, she is nervous that she won't live up to the high standards and expectations she set when she captained for 19 years before retiring to land, but excited to see if she still has what it takes to bring aboard one of t
Jul 22, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Darkness waded in cautiously and headed west. Hesitating waist-deep, then plunging into the murky chill, the diving night splashed light onto the opposite horizon, which swam like spawning salmon up the riverlike sky. The sun hated as if it were a baby chick, pecking from within the shell until fully risen, yellow and warm, and as unsure as I was...after all, the sun starts anew every day. This could well be my last chance...and I would make the most of it."

Linda Greenlaw's latest book, Seawort
Oct 30, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd non-fiction book of Linda Greenlaw's that I have read. I found this one to be unevenly written. I much enjoyed the second half--4 stars--but the tedious repetition (especially in the first half)of the mantra, "Can I do it? It's been ten years. I am not as strong now, but have more wisdom and patience," got old very,very quickly. We get it, self-doubt--it distracted from the story and was not, in my as the reader's opinion, worthy of being the overarching theme.

I did learn a lot a
Mar 21, 2012 Abbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Linda Greenlaw has been on my reading list for quite some time now- I had wanted to read "Lobster Chronicles" but I found "Seaworthy" when I was browsing in a bookstore.
Her writing is so "matter-of-fact" which makes the reading easy and engaging, you follow as if she were recounting the story at your dining room table.
I also really enjoyed that although this is a story of a female captain in a male-dominated world, she never once made it about that. Her only struggle that she emphasized was tha
Joe White
May 27, 2014 Joe White rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-shelf, boats, bio
Seaworthy, Linda Greenlaw 2010

This is an account of an updated swordfishing expedition with Linda as a captain coming out of "retirement" from blue water fishing. I never saw a reference to the year specified, but this action occurs roughly 10 years after her retirement and her entry into lobster fishing.

Linda Greenlaw is an excellent writer, and in one reference she indicated that she had been encouraged to attend law school. Offhand, I would not picture a professional commercial boat captain a
Linda Greenlaw was the first (and best, according to Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm) female swordfish boat captain in the United States. Throughout her 20s and 30s, she worked her way up through the ranks from crew member to captain, but always fishing for swordfish. This book chronicles her return to captaining a swordfish boat (the Seahawk) at age 47 after a 10-year hiatus.

She assembles her crew: Archie, nearly 60 but with a steady positivity and mechanical and fishing skills;
Jul 31, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greenlaw, a former blue-water sword fisherman, has spent the last ten years of her life living on an island in Maine, Isle Au Haut, lobstering and writing books about her fishing experiences. An old friend offered her a chance to captain his boat for another season of sword fishing. The trip was a disaster. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The boat was poorly equipped and in bad condition. They were delayed more than once in their trip to the Grand Banks to begin setting their lines ...more
Nov 23, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Aylott
Aug 06, 2010 Chris Aylott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After ten years of lobster fishing, writing, and dreaming of going back to the deep sea, Linda Greenlaw gets a chance to come out of retirement and captain a swordboat again. She jumps at it, rounding up a crew of friends and taking over a beat-up old ship that has all the reliability of the Millennium Falcon. As she deals with breakdowns, plagues of sharks, and a diplomatic incident with Canada, she also grapples with the question of whether she's lost her edge as a captain, or whether she has ...more
I first checked this book out from the library as soon as I heard of it. I had read all of Linda’s other books (including the cookbook she cowrote with her mother) and enjoyed them all. This one was kind of…not grabbing me. I got about halfway through it and then wasn’t very motivated to pick it up again. Feeling bad, I tried it on audiobook (as I often will do if it I’m not loving it in print) and was able to finish it. Linda narrates it, so I did enjoy that part. It was a slow moving book, and ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Lizzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Linda Greenlaw and it was good to see a book about her returning to the love of her life. The seasoned captain's return was an unmitigated nightmare. Well, except that I guess it was mitigated a bit by the 4 men who were her crew this time out. She left the dock with the greatest 4 guys she ever fished with and they did her proud on this awful trip. Linda writes well and you get caught up in her adventures, but she was "in her head" a lot in this book. It was more reflective than h ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this - as I do all of her books. Less about the mechanics of Sword-fishing like in The Hungry Ocean and more introspection to the fishing, what draws people to it etc... Also Introspection into her return after a 10 year hiatus. There is mention that she got herself arrested for secondary gain, I would find that hard to believe and do not agree. I will go with nature just dishing out unusual circumstances that then put them in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who knows? Fascinating w ...more
Michael Tarpinian
Greenlaw is a better writer and talked than I expected. Amazing that she, at 5' 3" can excel at a job 99% of men could not do for a day.

Great cast of characters. I especially liked old Archie and TImmy (TIm-aaaa).
I am a fan of Linda Greenlaw's writing and have attended three of her book readings/signings. Each time as I sat in the audience, I marveled at the tenacity and strength of this seemingly slight woman standing in front of me. She fishes, hauls lobster traps, cooks, manages crews of salty fisherman (some loyal and hardworking; others, not so). And, she writes--from the most technical details on commercial fishing and seamanship, to the mysterious escapades of Jane Bunker, and finally to a turn of ...more
Jessica Anne
Aug 28, 2015 Jessica Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything missing in Linda Greenlaw's first book is here...all the big questions about fishing and being seaworthy and getting old. This is a good book by a great author and excellent fisherman.
Deb Balliet
Mar 07, 2014 Deb Balliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fast paced and adventurous - enjoyed her writing style, demeanor and straight forward approach. What I expected from her after reading Hungry Ocean some years back. Enjoyable and interesting.
Feb 12, 2012 Jilanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Likes: Interesting female role model, great characters on board, well-written, compelling tale / plot, interesting to learn about the swordfishing industry...

Dislikes: I was a bit distracted by the ruminating (have things changed in 10 years? have I changed? what does it all mean?) and a few of the meditations on swordfishing vs corporate life were a bit heavy-handed...I felt most betrayed, however, when I found out in a related Google search that the Discovery channel folks had been on board fi
Beth Hartnett
I’ve been intrigued with Lynda Greenlaw since reading the Perfect Storm and seeing the subsequent movie. She knows fishing and writing about fishing and although she lives on an island in Maine, I’ve given her the “local girl done good” stamp. I’ve actually read all of the books about her different life adventures and even one of her mysteries (not great), but her personal tales are a hoot! She even wrote a Down East cookbook with her mom….awwww! Check out one of her books, any one, and you’ll g ...more
Diane Walters
There was a lot of good information about fishing and being a captain of a boat. I really enjoyed that part of the story.
Beverly Hollandbeck
So unusual for a woman to be a fishing boat captain. I loved reading about a strong female that is so capable.
Aug 28, 2010 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books-read
Parts of this book were interesting, and the opening was good. I found the tone of the book though, to be somewhat self-serving. I ended up not really caring what happened. There are good details about life aboard a small fishing boat, and I did experience some moments, of "what a very different life this is." I preferred her first book to this one. I'm sorry though, that I didn't make it to my local independent bookstore a couple of weeks ago, when Linda Greenlaw did a reading. She has certainl ...more
Johanna Dieterich
Oh Linda Greenlaw, thank you for fishing and writing. This book shone when she told the story of what was happening and flopped when she shared her seemingly obsessive thinking about whether and how she had matured during her hiatus on land and how that influenced her fishing choices. Still I laughed and appreciated this view into the life of deep sea fishing.
Chantal Shaw
Jun 08, 2014 Chantal Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As all Linda's books on fishing as a female Captain inspire me as a women. She's amazing!
Dec 02, 2013 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, biography
A autobiographical venture from Linda Greenlaw, who made her reputation with The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
(1999) a trip that paralleled that of the "Andrea Gail" the doomed fishing boat that was lost in "The Perfect Storm".

B Linda Greenlaw gets an offer to captain a two-month swordfishing trip off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and surprises even herself by saying yes. Her memoir chronicles that fall 2008 voyage on the Seahawk, an aging boat that is every bit as much a charac
Brian S
Feb 04, 2014 Brian S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting enough sea-tale, not sure it warranted a book. I read it because I wanted to know what it’s like aboard a swordfish boat. I think that goal was adequately achieved.
May 13, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda writes truly from her heart- I'd like to call her a friend.
Jul 23, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look into swordfish fishing from on board. Linda Greenlaw returns to the sea.
Oct 05, 2014 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How many things can possibly go wrong? More than you can imagine! A good read.
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Linda Greenlaws three bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman -- THE HUNGRY OCEAN (1999), THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES (2002) and ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS (2004) -- have climbed as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. Time Magazine called her 2005 RECIPES FRO ...more
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