Jupiter’s Bookshelf

Titles in our Floating Library

Mariner’s Reference

  • Chapmans Piloting & Seamanship
  • The American Practical Navigator: Bowditch
  • Reeds Nautical Companion
  • The Practical Mariner’s Book of Knowledge
  • Navigation Rules & Regulations: US Coast Guard
  • Chart #1 (US): Symbols, Abbreviations & Terms
  • Chart #1 (Canada): Symbols, Abbreviations & Terms
  • Chapman’s Nautical Guides: Knots
  • Handbook of Knots: Pawson
  • The Complete Book of Anchoring and Mooring
  • The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Poiraud et. al.
  • How to Avoid Huge Ships: Trimmer

Cruising Guides

  • Waggoner Cruising Guide, Current Year
  • The Vancouver Island Pilot, Great Britain Hydrographic Department, 1864
  • Proven Cruising Routes, Seattle to Ketchikan: Monaghan & Douglass
  • Douglass Cruising Guides (Encyclopedic descriptions of everywhere) – Don & Reanne Douglass:
      • Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia
      • Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia
      • Exploring Southeast Alaska
      • Exploring Vancouver Island’s West Coast
  • Dreamspeaker Cruising Guides – Yeadon Jones:(Handsomely illustrated with detailed descriptions of important ports and anchorages)
      • Vol. 1–The Gulf Islands
      • Vol. 2–Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands
      • Vol. 3–Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast
      • Vol. 4–San Juan Islands
      • Vol. 5–The West Coast of Vancouver Island
      • Puget Sound
  • Local Knowledge, A Skipper’s Reference, Tacoma to Ketchikan: Monaghan
  • US Coast Pilot 8 + 9: Alaska

Tides & Currents

  • Ports and Passes, Current Year (Indispensable Tide and Current Tables)
  • Current Atlas, Juan de Fuca Strait to Strait of Georgia
  • Waggoner Tables, Current Year, for Current Atlas
  • Tidal Currents of Puget Sound

Mechanical & Equipment

  • Marine Diesel Engines: Calder
  • ICON M802 Made Simple for Cruisers: Sparks (The least simple user manual ever written!)
  • Moving Heavy Things: Adkins (Mind over Matter)
  • User Manuals + Equipment Lists for the Vessel and All On-board Equipment

Natural History & Marine

  • The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs: Gooley
  • How to Read Water: Gooley
  • The Oxford Companion to Ships & the Sea
  • Stories of the Sea: Tesdell et. al.
  • Poems of the Sea: McClatchey, ed.
  • Spindrift, A Canadian Book of the Sea: Hadley & Hadley
  • The Salish Sea, Jewel of the Pacific Northwest: Benedict et. al
  • The Sea Wind: Carson
  • The Sea Around Us: Carson
  • The Edge of the Sea: Carson
  • John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire

Field Guides

  • Sibley Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America
  • Alaska Birds
  • Guide to Whale Watching in North America
  • Guide to Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific
  • Between Pacific Tides: Ricketts et. al.
  • Geology of Southeast Alaska: Stowell
  • Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles
  • Beachcombers Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest: Sept
  • Pacific Coast Tide Pools
  • Mac’s Field Guide to NW Coastal Invertebrates
  • Field Guide to Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest: McDaniel
  • Mac’s Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Trees
  • Common Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Culture & History

  • The First Nations of British Columbia: Muckle
  • Names on a Chart – Southeast Alaska
  • The Golden Spruce: Vaillant (Natural History and a Provocative Story)
  • The Life and Voyages of Captain George Vancouver: Anderson
  • Captain George Vancouver in Alaska and the North Pacific
  • Madness, Betrayal and the Lash, the Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver: Brown
  • Through the Rapids: The History of Princess Louisa Inlet: Hitz
  • Travels in Alaska: John Muir. Trip Notes from 1879 & 1880
  • Living High, An Unconventional Autobiography: June Burn
  • Desolation Sound, A History: Heather Harbord

Tales from The Pacific Northwest

  • The Curve of Time: Blanchet
  • Following the Curve of Time; The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet: Converse
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name: Craven
  • Passage to Juneau, A Sea and Its Meanings: Raban
  • The Strangest Story Ever Told: Culp
  • Murder at Five Finger Light: Henry
  • Cruise of the Blue Flujin, 1936 Sea Scouts Paddle from Seattle to Alaska and Beyond: Wise
  • Heart of the Raincoast, A Life Story: Morton & Proctor
  • Full Moon-Flood Tide-Bill Proctor’s Raincoast: Proctor & Maximchuk
  • Tide Rips & Back Eddies-Bill Proctor’s Tales of Blackfish Sound: Proctor & Maximchuk
  • Totem Poles and Tea: Harold
  • Stickeen: Muir


  • The Fannie Farmer Cookbook: Cunningham
  • Shellfish, The Cookbook: Barnaby
  • Halibut, The Cookbook: Barnaby
  • Salmon, The Cookbook: Jones
  • The Little Alaskan Cookbook: Gundersen
  • The Fishes and Dishes Cookbook: Marsh et. al.
  • The Supper Book: Cunningham
  • Served with a Smile – Collected Recipes from Sixteen Years Afloat: Woods