Wednesday, February 9, 2011


My very talented sailing friend Lew Decker has written a wonderful book by the name of Fingerprints that is essentially a memoir, and Lew's life has been interesting.  I first read the manuscript several years ago, and just now finished reading the final product, which is available on Amazon.  While much of the early part revolves around his childhood in Myrtle Beach, SC, a large portion follows his life as a cruising sailor in the Caribbean, in and around Key West. Throughout, he battles his relationship with his father, mourns his broken marriage, and follows a sailing life that I longed for in my youth.  There's nothing like the freedom of the wind on open seas.

Lew manages to weave insight, wisdom and meaning into every chapter, beyond merely reciting what happened.  The book is poignant, deeply honest, and his use of language is lyrical and beautiful.

The manuscript and the finished product.
Lew's a good guy.  The forty foot trimaran on the cover is Sun Flower (two words), which he built by hand in his backyard in San Diego, then sailed through Panama and into the Caribbean.   His adventures were many and interesting. Each story will leave you with something to think about.

Buy it!

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