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Wandering for Less

By Max Liberson

Published by: Amazon (2022)

The Trapper 500 is a 27ft cruising boat designed for coastal pottering. One of these vessels, Sarah, 40 years old, had never been further than the Thames Estuary, so got the shock of her life when she fell into the hands of Max Liberson who decided she was going to America!

Max who featured in Ocean Sailor magazine with his first Atlantic crossing in a ferro-cement schooner he bought for £1,500, has now produced this book about his second Atlantic circuit in Sarah.

He had been building a 60ft carbon fibre trimaran in Portugal’s Algarve and with the money from that long and complex project bought Sarah. The first thing he did, using skills attained from the building project, was to enlarge and add a skeg to the vulnerable spade rudder which, Max considers, is a design weakness in the Trapper 500.

While involved in the project Max met a German long-distance sailor, who told him: ‘You don’t belong here, run away to sea or you will lose your soul.’ This is the story of that salvation.

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