The best books and movies for boat lovers

The best books and movies for boat lovers

Cold weather and mobility restrictions can make it challenging to pursue your passion for sailing. So, what to do?

Suppose you cannot enjoy your 34-ft. boat. In that case, you can take advantage of all the sensations related to the sea’s unstoppable power and the captains’ fearlessness through the most famous nautical-themed books and movies.

Indeed, one of the most famous titles is Moby Dick.

The novel by the American author Herman Melville, published in the second half of the 19th century, is one of the best nautical stories ever written, thanks to Melville’s experience aboard a whaler. The image of the white whale and the one-legged captain blinded by vengeance left a deep mark on our imagination, representing a deeper moral conflict between good and evil.

Another great maritime classic is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, which tells the Nautilus’s adventures. This submarine vessel faces the depths of the sea and the frightening creatures living there. Also worth seeing is the 1954 movie adaptation produced by Disney.

On the other hand, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a short novel representing the struggle between man and nature and the desire to dominate the surrounding world.

In contemporary literature, The Perfect Storm, written in 1997 by Sebastian Junger, is based on a true story. The novel concerns six sailors’ tough challenge against a violent and unpredictable weather phenomenon, which confronted them with sea’s and sky’s power. 

The story begins with an incredible storm in 1991, inserting creative elements to narrate its consequences.

The sea and the mystery are the leitmotif of Clive Cussler’s production. This American author died in 2020, wrote 18 novels, and collaborated on 63 others. Enthusiasm for sea and exploration permeates all his writings, thanks to his field experience in the National Underwater & Marine Agency, a non-profit organization specializing in the recovery of marine wrecks.

Moving from print to movie, one of the great cinematic classics is The Mutiny on the Bounty, based on a true story dating back to 1789. The plot centers on the first officer, played by Marlon Brando, who gathers the crew to mutiny against the captain.

Master and Commander: Challenge to the Edge of the Sea of ​​2003 is set in the era of the Napoleonic wars and is about the long chase between two enemy vessels. The storyline includes action scenes of sailors who risk their lives, driven to exhaustion by their captain, played by Russel Crowe. 

Even with lighter tones, The Pirates of the Caribbean manages to represent many aspects of navigation on the big screen: life on board, respect for the sea and wonderful scenarios while sailing.

Wind – Stronger than the wind (1991) concerns the story of Will Parker, a sailor who lost the 1983 America’s Cup and decided to found his crew to claim the title. The cast is made up of real sailors, creating some very realistic sailing scenes.

All is lost is another example of man’s struggle and his boat against the impetus of the sea. The awareness that certain events are not all that exceptional makes the narrative frightening, also thanks to Robert Redform’s excellent interpretation in the lead role.