Tides Tavern on Monday hosted Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones, authors of “Puget Sound, A Boater’s Guide,” as they launched their latest boaters’ guide.
The seventh book focuses on the seven distinct boating regions in Puget Sound, including Gig Harbor and surrounding waterways. The release for the Dreamspeaker series features Gig Harbor Bay on its cover.
“Gig Harbor is the quintessential visual spot for Puget Sound,” co-author Anne Yeadon-Jones said. “It has the views of the mountains, boats and marinas. It sums up the area well.”
The cover uses Gig Harbor resident Mike Martin’s photographs, which have been superimposed from a series of shots to create a special-effect picture that uses varied lighting looking east from the Finholm District.
The Dreamspeaker guides, first started 15 years ago, are intended to promote a safe lifestyle book and give a boat owner confidence to try new places, Yeadon-Jones said.
“A navigational chart can get a boat to the area, then the guides take over from there with a detailed, in-depth look at coastal marinas’ anchoring facilities, moorage and other boater needs,” Laurence said.
The authors have been to every place in their guides on their 36-foot sailboat. An architect by trade, Laurence sketches and details each nook and cranny of the marinas’ inlets and passages.
Once docked, the guide has information regarding what to do and how to get around with public access, shopping and more, Yeadon-Jones said.
The guide also serves as a coffee table book as it highlights communities with information and photographs.
The authors worked with the City of Gig Harbor, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Waterfront Alliance on the Gig Harbor section. The partnership allowed for a mutually beneficial relationship that promotes tourism to more than 90,000 area boaters and helps as one of the sponsors for the guide, Laurence said.
The authors took two summers and 10 months to complete the book. It touts Gig Harbor’s farmers market, public access to the marina, use of the trolley for transportation and other ideas for shopping and restaurants in the downtown area.
“The challenge for the latest book on Puget Sound was the new format,” Laurence said. “It fits diagonal, so you can use it with an iPad or tablet, moving to electronic access. It’s much more user-friendly with all modes of print and technology media.”
The books are available at Mostly Books, Ship to Shore, the Finholm Market, as well as gift and marine stores downtown. The authors will have copies on Amazon.com later this year, and they also will offer an electronic version.
“This book intends to put Puget Sound on the international map,” Laurence said.
The authors say boaters always say hello to them, because they feel like they know them from their books.
“Gig Harbor is a beautiful place to anchor,” Yeadon-Jones said.
For more information, visit www.dreamspeakerguide.com.Lifestyles Coordinator Kim Eibel can be reached at 253-358-4152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_kim.