Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wharram Catamaran Featured in Novel

As many of you know, I've been writing books for years and now have seven nonfiction titles published, all of them related in some way to the subjects of boats or survival or both.  I have now written a novel, which has been published by Ulysses Press, of Berkeley, California, and has been released in print form this week (the Kindle and other E-book formats will be available on or before July 10).

I wanted to mention this here for those of you who may not visit my other sites, as this novel is a post-Apocalypitc tale in which a 36-foot Wharram catamaran is featured in much of the action.  Here's a look at the cover:

While part of the story takes place in New Orleans and later in the river swamps of south Mississippi, as  this cover image suggests, the other part begins in the Caribbean, where Artie Drager, one of the main protagonists is on an offshore passage with his brother, who is a yacht delivery skipper.  While they are still far from land between Martinique and St. Thomas, a series of powerful solar flares shuts down GPS satellites and all other communications, and destroys practically all complex electronic circuitry.  Artie, who was just visiting the islands on a short vacation, is now cut off from his only daughter, who is a college student at Tulane University, in New Orleans, and is frantic to get back to the mainland and find her after the pulse event.

They continue on to St. Thomas, where they discover that the power grid shutdown is widespread and complete, and leave the yacht there as Artie's brother, Larry, has contracted to do.  In his spare time between delivery jobs, Larry has been building a Wharram Tiki 36 catamaran as his own personal boat, and they make their way to the build site on Culebra to quickly ready it for launch, despite the fact that it is still in primer and most systems are uninstalled.  The big, shallow-draft Wharram cat will have many advantages in this new world of chaos and uncertainty, and confident they can reach New Orleans and find Artie's daughter, they sail for Florida and the Gulf beyond.  Here's a description from the press release from my publisher:

A Compelling Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid
When an intense electromagnetic pulse instantly destroys the power grid throughout North America, there's no guarantee of survival.  And that's what Tulane University student Casey Drager quickly realizes as desperate citizens panic and anarchy descends.  Surrounded by chaos, Casey must save herself from the havoc in the streets of New Orleans.  
Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, her father, Artie, finds himself warding off pirate attacks and tackling storms on his Caribbean sailing vacation-turned-nightmare.  Using the stars to guide him toward the states, he wonders if he'll ever be able to find his daughter.  

The first novel from best-selling survivalist author Scott B. Williams, The Pulse is a thrilling narrative of survival amid the violence and disorder following the catastrophic destruction of America's power grid.  "The Pulse reveals what it would take to survive in a world lit only by firelight," Williams explains. "Where all the rules have changed and each person must fend for himself."

I've been wanting to write a novel with lots of sailing action for as long as I've been writing, and now I've finally gotten around to it.  If you decide to check it out, I hope you enjoy it and that you will give me your feedback.  There will likely be a sequel as the ending opens the door for the next part of the story to continue.  Here's a review that was posted this morning on Boat Bits, one of my favorite sailing blogs, which is written by a full-time liveaboard cruiser and former Wharram owner: http://boatbits.blogspot.com/2012/06/pretty-good-book.html


Last Paradise said...

Good thing I'm building a 34' boat. Will be ready when the time comes!

Did you get any info on that orange paint?


Jonathan said...

Hi Scott, I've been reading your book for the pst week or so, as well as following your blog for years now. I have to say that your book is one of the most entertaining stories that I have read in quite awhile and ranks right up there in caliber to similar stories like One second After, and Lights Out! I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel!
Also, keep up the good work with Element II, you have created a beutiful boat and your blog inspires many others to keep on building and enjoying our Wharrams.

Brian Paterson said...

Just finished building my own Wharram - a Tiki 21. You might remember i emailed you about buying Element 1, but couldnt find a way to get it from colorado to Hong Kong. Decided to build my own in the end.

Anyway, I sotted your book, the Pulse, when i was looking for some ideas for the bow tramp. Just downloaded the Kindle version and enjoying it immensely.
I was pleased to see youve written another one!
Great stuff. I hope you keep em coming.

Scott B. Williams said...


Congratulations on completing your Tiki 21! I'm sure you're going to have a blast sailing her!

Thanks for reading the book. Yes, the sequel is available and this weekend my newest novel featuring a Wharram Tiki 46 will be released. I will be posting about that one here on the blog later today.

Brian Paterson said...

I've pulled down the Kindle sample of Sailing the Apocalypse. Looks like a blast. I think it will be next.

BTW: A word about compasses. I believe you had two on Element, mounted on the mast beam.
It looked like a better arrangement than a single centre mounted compass.
Do you recall what brand/model you used? And would you recommend them?
I have a Suunto kyak type compass that will do. But your solution looked quite neat.
Anything you can tell me would be much appreciated.

Scott B. Williams said...


Thanks for reading the sample of the book. I hope Wharram enthusiasts will find it enjoyable. The main character makes a great choice in choosing a design to build, but he does a quick and sloppy job and of course, he thinks he knows more than he really does when it comes to sailing and seamanship.

The two compasses on Element were made by Ritchie, if I remember correctly. They were in the $30-40 price range and could be wired for backlighing, which I never did. The arrangement worked fine, although on the Tiki 26 I built I chose to mount a single, larger compass at the front of the cockpit instead. The problem with the two on Element was that they were hard to read when sitting back at the helm.