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Got a life's goal? Lie in bed dreaming at night what would it be like to build a boat and sail off to a deserted tropical isle? Discover one couples adventures building a boat and circumnavigating with their cat, limited finances, and a forty four thousand pound suitcase. With dialogue rich prose and plentiful photos, the beautifully bound hardcover edition of "World Voyagers" describes all the realities of entering countries from the back door in an intimate, humorous, and riveting fashion. 

"World Voyagers" is a high quality, hardcover book with a bound padded cover (not a dust jacket). Each book possesses an integral satin place marker, 32 full-page color spreads, over one hundred black & white photos, original cartoons, line drawings, and maps.
ISBN 978-1-934117-00-2; 432 pp.

The e-book version of “World Voyagers” brings all of the adventures of Phil, Amy and Stew to small hand-held devices. Embark on a hunt for crocodiles, while waiting for the dentist. Frolic naked in a Polynesian ceremonial mare, while waiting in line at the post office. Read, eat and weep as you learn about love, loss and goats head soup, all in the palm of your hand, anytime, anywhere. Ebook includes 21 illustrations.

Available in MobiPocket (.prc), Microsoft Reader (.lit),
SONY PRS-505 eBook Reader (.pdf) and PalmReader (.pdb).

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about the crew

Philip J. Shelton grew up on Long Island, New York where he apprenticed to his boat-building grandfather Stanley Grodeski. In 1975, he left the crowds and bought a 30-acre woodlot in Washington County, Maine where he built a log cabin miles from civilization. He supported his family through offshore fishing and boat building, including the design and launching of the ninety-foot schooner “Janet May” now sailing as the “Quninnipiack” in New Haven Connecticut. From 1985-94, he taught wooden boat building at the Maine Maritime Museum. In 1996, he designed and built the world’s largest rotating globe for DeLorme Mapping. In April 2000 he was finally able to realize his childhood dream of long distance sailing with the launch of Iwalani. He has been a Georgetown resident since 1986.

Amy P. Wood  moved to Georgetown in 1998 after marrying Phil. She has a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University, a BS in zoology and physics from Umass, as well as a  BA in studio art.. She learned to sail at the age of four after her father cast her off alone in the family sunfish on a pond in Massachusetts. She bought her first boat (before buying a car) a twelve-foot Boston whaler, which she still owns, along with a thirty-three foot Rhodes centerboard sloop.  She works part time at the Veterinary Clinic in Brunswick, and full time as the Art Director

testimonials

I enjoyed this incredible epic journey. I could hardly put it down, and revelled in all the photos,the delightful poems and the daily, arduous efforts and adventures. What an amazing experience, and the dialogue reads like a play - it is surely a continuous drama, laden with humor and wit and vivid description. I have now loaned it to my daughter-in-law who cruised around the world working on a square-rigger back in 1970. She could hardly wait to read it.
Congratulations on the huge achievement - first of all, surviving the amazing trip, and then having the talent and perseverence to tell the story with such style and skill.

NDH


I just loved your book, I could not put it down! I just wanted to go on and on and was bumming when I read the last page. Thank you for the fine reading. Sincerely,
LB, ME.


I just got through reading World Yoyagers, and have to tell you I couldn’t put it down. I purchased it after seeing it recommended in the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

We have had to put down 3 of our precious pets over the years and I have to tell you I had tears in my eyes when Stew died.
PR ME.


Dear Amy, I have just finished your book. I cannot start another til the glow from yours wears off. I am a sometime sailor and understand the moments of boredom and terror that go with a long trip. You painted for me a wonderful word picture of the places you saw and the adventures you had. Thank you for publishing it for people like me who are shore-bound to share. A very "good read" ..!
AM B ME.


Your World Voyagers is amazing. The only problem is that it is keeping me up till 2 and 3 a.m. reading! More later.
LK ME.

Hi-

I just finished reading _World Voyagers_. It was great. I started groping around worldvoyagers.com and stumbled on the Tundra bush plane project. If you have a book on that, I'll buy it sight unseen. Meanwhile, I'll check that site occasionally to look for later reports.
Please pass along my greetings and my appreciation to Amy.
Thanks again for a great vicarious adventure.
Shoo!
CS GA

This weekend your book kept passing back and forth between B and me--he tends to start reading nonfiction books from the back, I start at the beginning, but pretty soon we were overlapping and talking about it a lot. We have both enjoyed it tremendously. You really have a gift for writing good dialogue, there's plenty of humor, the reader feels that he/she is getting the true story--and it's fascinating. The pacing was dynamic. You're right--it's about as far from standard travel writing as it can be. I hope you get some really good reviews soon--so that people will know about it. Congratulations!!

Holy crap I've been enjoying your book.
I don't email on weekends or after work hours but this was worth it.
More later.
B NC

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The World Voyagers Book:
Version 1: 104 words
“World Voyagers the true story of a Veterinarian, a Renaissance man and Stewart the Cat”, by Shelton & Wood, is unlike all other travel narratives. This full-bodied and humorous book, about building a boat in Maine and sailing it on a three-year global circumnavigation, is intended not only for sailors and animal lovers—but all armchair adventurers and gift-givers. With over thirty pages of color photos and maps, the look and feel of this quirky tome, bounded by a padded casewrap, further enlivens this vicarious voyaging. Personal, provocative, and fun, “World Voyagers” is not only a page-turning read, but a coffee table display piece.

Version 2: 81 words
Got a life's goal? Lie in bed dreaming at night what would it be like to build a boat and sail off to a deserted tropical isle? Discover one couples adventures building a boat and circumnavigating with their cat, limited finances, and a forty four thousand pound suitcase. With prose rich dialogue and plentiful photos, the beautifully bound hardcover edition of "World Voyagers" describes all the realities of entering countries from the back door in an intimate, humorous, and riveting fashion. 

Version 3: 214 words

“World Voyagers” is the true story of a three-year circumnavigation written by Dr. Amy P. Wood, Philip Shelton, and Stewart the cat and published by Book Orchard Press in 2007.  From designing and building a forty-two foot wooden cutter “Iwalani,” outfitting it a floating pet hospital, to their return to Maine— this is not a watered down, sugar coated tale, but a “no holds barred” account of just what it’s like to follow a dream.

With over fifty thousand loyal readers on their regularly updated website worldvoyagers.com, this book stands to capitalize on the growing market of  “Blooks”―books written with accompanying weblogs. Rich in symbolism and metaphor, “World Voyagers” goes beyond the typical books of the cruising genre, to a new level never before seen in today’s nonfiction travel books. On par with Mowatt, Steinbeck and London, the voyage itself becomes the canvas on which three years of personal life are painted.  Not just a travel book, World Voyagers is a treatise on marriage, family loss, politics, international relations and the human-animal bond.
 
This book will appeal to all readers that love the outdoors, feel committed to saving the environment, think of pets as family members and who want to experience all that the world has to offer- from the comfort of an armchair!

The World Voyagers Slide Show:
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Authors Philip Shelton and Dr. Amy Wood will be at (X) for a book signing and multi media presentation, (Fill in date and time) Their book “World Voyagers” the true story of a Veterinarian, a Renaissance man and Stewart the cat,” gives a unique and humorous look at building a boat in Maine and sailing around the world.

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For ten years, Philip Shelton worked part time building Iwalani, a wooden, forty-two foot gaff rigged cutter, from his salt-water farm in Georgetown, Maine. Ruggedly constructed, Iwalani safely took Phil, his wife Dr. Amy P. Wood and Stewart the cat on a three-year global circumnavigation. They recorded their worldly observations and musings in a weekly updated webpage—http://www.worldvoyagers.com/ After returning in 2003, they sold Iwalani and built the book “World Voyagers,” published in 2007 by Book Orchard Press. This unique travelogue offers an unbridled account of visiting countries through the back door. Amassing over 22,000 photographs, slides, paintings, cartoons and video, Phil and Amy have selected their favorites and are presenting them as well as stories of their experiences (FILL IN BLANK)

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