The Boat Who Wouldn't Float

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float

Paperback - 1981
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It seemed like a good idea. Tired of everyday life ashore, Farley Mowat would find a sturdy boat in Newfoundland and roam the salt sea over, free as a bird. What he found was the worst boat in the world, and she nearly drove him mad. The Happy Adventure, despite all that Farley and his Newfoundland helpers could do, leaked like a sieve. Her engine only worked when she felt like it. Typically, on her maiden voyage, with the engine stuck in reverse, she backed out of the harbour under full sail. And she sank, regularly.

How Farley and a varied crew, including the intrepid lady who married him, coaxed the boat from Newfoundland to Lake Ontario is a marvellous story. The encounters with sharks, rum-runners, rum and a host of unforgettable characters on land and sea make this a very funny book for readers of all ages.
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1981, c1970.
ISBN: 9780553277883
Characteristics: 197 pages :,illustrations, map ;,18 cm.


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Mar 24, 2014

Read this book and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be many years ago and still remember them. Wanted to borrow for a friend recovering from operation but can't get to download yet. Will get son to help later. Such funny books I remember laughing a lot. Will re-read myself as well. Marj

kevfarley Feb 23, 2013

The 'typical Mowatt humor' in this book all seems to begin (and end) with too much booze !! As in ..."We got drunk and I bought a boat that was a wreck",.. or, "We were drinking while steering and saw a beautiful giant whale shark, but we ran over it and ripped out part of the boat's bottom and began to sink"... Ha - Ha ! I really liked "Never Cry Wolf", and I love sailing and schooners,.. but I had put this book aside and leave this 'one joke' tedium unfinished,.

Jan 14, 2012

This classic Canadian Author with 42 titles to his credit has a unique way of telling a tale of his personal true to life adventures.

This title " The boat that wouldn't float " is typical Mowat humour.

Looking for a story to forget about the rainy day or runny nose...
this is the one.

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