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Fathers can be really hard to buy for. Looking for an affordable gift for a bloke who likes engineering, boats, business, Tasmanian history, manufacturing, sailing and a bit of good old fashioned tale telling? A copy of Mike Swinson's biography on John Muir – 'Blood, Sweat and the Sea.'

Mike, who's been a Tassie local since 1978, is a former ABC journalist and Walkley Award winner. With assistance from well known Battery Point boatbuilding history writer Nicole Mays and designer Georgie Pajak, Mike has expertly mixed dozens of industry anecdotes from some of the international marine industry's biggest names with local Tasmanian history, shipbuilding, social and political talking points, and manufacturing and engineering life lessons.

Not just for yachties or those in the manufacturing industry, this book is full of valuable life lessons learned through the sometimes painful growth of a small business into an international power. Muir winches are now respected as one of the world's best anchoring and windlass brands, and many household name boat builders exclusively specify Muir products on their watercraft. When your reputation is at stake where safety is concerned, you only want the best.

This 416 page tome is available in two beautifully finished editions – standard edition is $79 and for a little more you can purchase a limited edition (500 copies only) for $89. Available from all good book sellers, chandlers and yacht clubs, or purchase from our online store.



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