Ahoy there! Here’s a heaping helping of stuff I’ve made, stuff you can wear (to show your HowNotToSailer-ness), and gear I use and recommend. Scroll on down… I think you might be surprised.
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Clothing and Such
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HNTS Pint Glass
For your soda pop.
Far be it from me to encourage drinking…without this sweet pint glass! Bottoms up!
HNTS Women’s Premium V-Neck Tee
For The Admiral
Of course I’m not leaving our esteemed female sailors out…This tee is as stylish as you are! (Don’t worry, it comes in black, too.)
Cartoon Captain T-shirt
Get the awesome Dave King-designed tagless black tee. Until they’re gone.
HNTS Classic Coffee Mug
For drinking warm beverages.
I like my coffee like I like my women: Irish and bitter. What you put in this classic mug is up to you.
HNTS Drawstring Hoodie
For The Cooler Months
This one’ll be comin’ in handy before ya know it…and stylish, too!
Stuff I’ve Created
Books (Mine and Dad’s)
(The silly one is mine. I edited the ones by my Dad.)
How Not To Sail
Want to enjoy your boat, visit awesome destinations, and skip the stress? Then be sure NOT to use any of the “handy tips” mentioned here.
Written by someone who has “lived it,” this first book by Ray B. Rogers brings home the unique culture of Western North Carolina during the Great Depression.
Up From Hanging Dog
Continuing where he left off with Depression Baby, Ray B. Rogers brings us more about growing up in Western North Carolina during the Great Depression, in his own trademark voice.
Out From The Mountains
This book, third in the series, tells about Ray moving on from his childhood homes in Hanging Dog, Iron Duff, Jupiter and Cullowhee, to Mars Hill College and on to a remarkable and long adult life.
For those who loved the Depression Baby series, Ray B. Rogers brings you these poems spanning 75 years of his rich life.
Depression Baby (Audiobook)
Narrated by the author. Produced and edited by yours truly. Get the audiobook of Depression Baby FREE, along with a free month of Audible, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Music I’ve Produced and/or Performed
I’m not a fan of Amazon’s walled garden. Or of Apple’s. If you want DRM-free versions of these albums, hit me up via the Contact page. I even take bitcoin. (How many Satoshis is a dollar, again?)
Birds Had Flown
Timothy P. Green
SUPER proud of this record I produced and co-wrote with my dear friend Timothy P. Green. (Also, that’s me on flute, keyboards, some backing vocals, and occasional percussiion.)
My Jazz EP. Who’da thunk it?!?? Three originals, plus Miles Davis and Pat Metheny Group covers. Tasty!
My very first album. Hit me up if you want the original CD. (The packaging’s pretty cool in a 90s kinda way.)
Yes, I get a little coin if you purchase via these Amazon links. More to come! (See also Top 7 Books For Sailors)
Inspiring Sailing Books
The Long Way
Probably my favorite sailing book of all time. A beautiful description of sailing around the world.
Close To The Wind
In this true story from the 1996 Vendee Globe around-the-world race, ex-Royal Marine Pete Goss faces a choice whether to sail back into a hurricane to rescue a competitor.
Biker To Sailor
This link will take you to BobBitchin.com…since Bob’s not a big Amazon guy. Side note: I narrated the audiobook version.
Great Cruising Books
Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach
Don Casey, Lew Hackler and Bobby Basnight
Lots of great advice on how to make cruising simpler…and quotes from Thoreau’s Walden. What’s not to like?!??
The Cruising Life
This is the book that talks about practicing the cruising lifestyle on land. Instead of taking out a loan on a new boat, Jim counsels us to practice a little more frugality, a little more “less is more.”
Okay, so Wayne’s books aren’t about cruising…but they’re great books to take with you on your cruise. This is the opening book. Don’t hold me responsible if you get addicted!
Gear I Use
Every item in this section is something I use for podcasting and freelance audio production. if any questions, hit me up here! You may not need a sledgehammer to squash a mosquito. (And yep, I get a little coin if you purchase these via these links.)
The industry standard. I can’t believe how resistant this mic is to wind noise and whatnot. No mic is 100% immune to a stiff breeze, but this one is pretty freaking amazing. Always in my kit! (This model has a longer handle and hotter output than the classic model.)
This little guy stays in my bag, too. Great for capturing stereo ambience or sound bites from elusive subjects. (Note: You have to be careful holding it to avoid handling noise.) I also have a little pair of ear-worn binaural mics that I can plug into the external jack on the H1n.
Zoom F8n Pro
For when things get really serious. Super low noise preamps, simultaneous backup recording, can even function as an andio interface to your computer. (This link takes you to a package that includes a bag, supplies limited.)
Digital XLR Recorder
I use this with the EV-RE50 mic…although you can record anything with a suitable XLR output.
No, these are not for sale…they’re free! But just like all the good things on the internet that don’t require a virtual rectal exam just to “rent,” you have to know a wee bit about what you’re doing: