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Now available! New Release!  ICOM M802 Radio Manual Now Available! Second Edition of The Icom M802 Manual & Users Guide For "Idi-Yachts." Now available! New Release, Murder At Stacy's Cove Marina.  New Release! Icom M802 Manual & Users Guide For "Idi-Yachts." New Release, Murder At Stacy's Cove Marina


New Release Publications-Reference

[New!]The ICOM M802 Radio Manual for "Idi-Yachts." Second Edition

A guide for installing and using the Icom M802 SSB/HAM DSC radio by Capt. Marti Brown


The second edition of the "Idi-Yacht" manual for the Icom M802 Marine SSB/HAM DSC radio has been released. Finally a manual that is easy to understand! Learn how to use your M802 radio the easy way! Send and receive SSB Digital Selective Calling transmissions with confidence! Radio and radio modem installation tips included! ISBN: 978-0-9715640-4-6

$34.95 (US) 200 pages. To Order CLICK HERE!



Our Current Publications-Fiction

Murder At Stacy's Cove Marina, by Captain Marti Brown

It's hurricane season in Florida. Megan Smith is running for her life after a body turns up floating in her St. Petersburg marina. She's been unwittingly caught in the cross hairs of a domestic terrorist group that wants her dead. Fleeing to the Florida Keys on her sailboat, she soon discovers that you can run but you canít hide. Run Megan, run!

An electrifying nautical thriller filled with fast paced action and suspense.

$14.95 (US), 224 pages. To Order:

Now also available as an E-book on Kindle!

Only $4.99



Our Current Publications-SSB Radio Reference            


Marine SSB Radio For "Idi-Yachts."ģ A Guide For Using Marine Single Sideband Radio, by Captain Marti Brown. Third Edition. $24.95

Learn how to use your Marine SSB radio the easy way! Now 172 pages with revised and expanded sections on Digital Selective Calling, Weather & Traffic Nets for the East coast, Eastern & NW Caribbean, Pacific coast & Mexico, Emergency Hailing Frequencies, Weather Routing, SSB Radio Installation & Troubleshooting. The book will be available in all of the major online retailers and major retail chains in the U.S. and throughout the Bahamas.  Click Here to preview the book. Third edition available September 2013


Our Current Publications-SSB Radio E-Mail Reference



HF Radio E-Mail For "Idi-Yachts." A Guide For Setting Up and Using Wireless E-mail Through HAM/Marine SSB Radio, by Captain Marti Brown. Click HERE to preview the book! The first and only guide available to help you set up and use your Wireless HF Radio E-mail system. Send and receive E-mail and gather weather from anywhere in the world! Currently out of print! Stay tuned


Our Mission

To become the leading provider of quality books on marine related topics such as; HAM and Marine SSB communications, HF Radio E-mail, Satellite Phone Communications, safety at sea, Weather & Weather gathering devices, Tropical cyclone and hurricane preparation for cruising boaters, and some fun and entertaining fiction. Books that cruising boaters will keep close at hand.

About the Author/Company

This battery driven, solar and wind turbine charged company, Cruising Companion Publications started in 2000, is the brainchild of Captain Marti Brown; a female solo sailor that has been cruising the Florida Coast and  the Bahamas since 1990. She is a HAM radio operator, a reporting station for the Hurricane Watch Net, a member of the Waterway Radio and Cruising Club. Marti has a Masters in Nursing and is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner currently practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Florida Keys. She has been a  licensed 100 ton Master USCG Captain for over 15 years and she resides in Marathon, in the Florida Keys. She currently serves on the Federal Medical Disaster Assistant Team, the Florida State Medical Response Team and the Monroe County Medical Reserve Corps.

Cruising Pictures

Fair waves-both radio and ocean! Click on the thumbnails to view from left to right; my boat, The Other Woman at anchor in Baker's Bay, Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Leslie & Bill's view from their house on Manjack Cay, Abaco, Cumulonimbus Mama cloud (supposed to be rare but I see them frequently), Water Spout off Manjack Cay in the Sea of Abaco, Sunrise in Georgetown, Exuma March 2004, a sunset in the Abacos during the summer of 2002, a Water Spout off Green Turtle White Sound, Abacos ,the Boot Key Harbor Mooring Field, two Manatees hugging and Capt. Marti.




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