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With Reckless Abandon by Jim  Sharp
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Sep 06, 11

Read in August, 2011

This book is an inspiration to following ones passion. Captain Jim Sharp writes this autobiography as a devotional to his home of Camden, Maine and the ships he's worked, by sail or steam, over his adventurous life. Much of this book focuses on his time as capt of the aged Grand Banks schooner Adventure and his love and devotion to the ship during his tenure as capt and beyond. As Capt Sharp details all the other vessels that he saves from the boneyards over the years you can hear his acquired Maine wit and dialect echo from the pages. If you are not passionate about classic boats the tale can get a bit long in the tooth towards latter parts, but is worth the read. I found the autobiography's boat-centric plot by chapter to be a bit jumpy at times, but for the simple fact that I turned the pages late into the night in the midst of busy season speaks volumes to the book. While Capt Jim is not an author by trade, his can-do attitude and story of stubborn persistence and ingenuity are refreshing. He is the rare type of character that looks at a huge wreck and thinks "why not" rather than impossible. For anyone working the New England coast, you're sure to recognize a ship or two that he's kept alive through his fleet.
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