Author Archives: John Urban

About John Urban

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall. The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery, Masters of Rhode Island, is due out later this year.

Beach Day

Today is a beach day. Not a writing day, not a work day, not even a boating day. Just the beach. From my angled-back canvas chair I watch parades of boats crossing the edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Newport

A while back I learned that inclement weather provides the best time for viewing real estate – if you think the house looks nice on a damp gloomy day, you’ll love it when sunny skies appear. The same applies to … Continue reading

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Weather Forecasts and Other Lies

by John Urban Way back when, before the advent of super computers and data analytics, a three day weather forecast was pretty much guesswork. Thanks to the vast technology introduced by the Information Age, that’s no longer the case – … Continue reading

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Don’t Feed The Gulls

Back in the early 1970s, the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull found its way onto the New York Times best-seller list for the better part of a year with several million copies sold. The book was even made into a motion … Continue reading

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The 38th Voyage

The Charles W. Morgan sails again, her 38th voyage. A remarkable feat for a 173-year old wooden boat, even more so given that she is the sole surviving vessel of the American whaling industry’s 2,700 ship fleet. As I write … Continue reading

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Splash Time 2014

by John Urban Splash time. After months of diligent work, the old wooden boat is ready to start a new season on the salt. All exterior surfaces – the hull, decks, cabin sides, coach roof, cockpit, transom, mast and boom … Continue reading

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More Varnishing Tips: Boxers or Briefs?

Springtime for wooden boat owners. Welcome to a world of sanding, painting, and varnishing. In past blog posts I have offered tips on the frustrating art of varnishing. Today, I delve into an important, but often ignored, varnishing subject: boxers … Continue reading

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Bruins – Canadiens and much more

by John Urban As I write this, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are battling through Game 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. I know their sweaters well, and I have watched these teams compete since … Continue reading

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On Varnishing

I am thinking about the well-known saying that painting the Golden Gate Bridge is a constant. You think any of those bridge workers have an interest in buying an old wooden boat? Each spring I walk into the boatyard shed … Continue reading

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Word of Mouth

The saying goes Don’t judge a book by its cover. Of course, we all do. It’s one of the ways books sell. Readers also tend to buy what’s familiar. But there’s another powerful force in selling books and that’s the … Continue reading

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