Fine Edge Productions was originally
started by Don Douglass & Reanne Heminway-Douglass,
early pioneers in mountain biking. Their original
mountain biking trail guides were small booklets
featuring some of the best rides for a given area.
These books evolved with success into a full line
of well regarded mountain biking books covering the
best rides in Northern and Southern California by
a full slate of authors well known in their respective
areas. During the 1980’s,
Don and Reanne, who formerly had extensive sailing
experience in different parts of the world, purchased
a displacement trawler and began to explore the waters
of the Inside Passage from Tacoma up to Glacier Bay
Alaska. They looked at the guidebooks available and
felt that they could do a much better job using what
they had learned creating best selling mountain biking
guide books. They also saw opportunity as a number
of beautiful cruising areas either had no guidebooks
or were sparsely and poorly covered. Out of this the
series was born consisting of a
series of six guidebooks covering the waters from San
Diego, up the Pacific Coast, through British Columbia,
to the cruising areas of Southeast Alaska. In addition,
they added books covering the Marquesas in the South
Pacific and a series of sea stories and an instructional
book on GPS.
In 2002, they decided they wanted to spend more time
traveling rather than running a publishing business.
Mark Bunzel, a marketing and technology executive,
previously a Managing Director in the Entertainment
and Media Management Consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers,
and a marketing executive at Intel Corporation, was
looking to re-locate to the Pacific Northwest, and
this was an opportunity to leverage his business and
publishing experience in a fun and exciting business.
Mark had been boating in the Pacific Northwest, British
Columbia and other well known cruising area around
the world for over 20 years and had previously been
involved in the multimedia publishing business as well
as authoring books and magazine articles on various
Today, Fine Edge is one of the leading Nautical and
Recreational publishers in the Western US with over
50 books and maps in its catalog. Its products are
sold in national chain stores such as West Marine and
REI as well as through nautical book stores, general
book stores, and mountain biking shops. In 2004, Fine
Edge acquired the US rights to co-publish the well
know Dreamspeaker cruising guides by Anne & Laurence
Yeadon-Jones together with Harbour Publishing in Canada.
The Dreamspeaker line of cruising guides is now moving
into its 6th guidebook covering the best cruising areas
of British Columbia and the San Juan Islands.
Fine Edge also created the Nautical
Knowledge Series starting with The Radar Book. This best seller, by
Kevin Monahan, is now in its second revision and has
been adopted by the State University of NY (SUNY) Maritime
College, the US Power Squadron and the Canadian Coast
Guard Auxiliary as their standard text for instruction
on the operation of marine radar.
Fine Edge is expanding their reach with new guides
and maps for the Caribbean starting with Exploring
the Virgin Islands by Joe Russell and Mark Bunzel and
a new companion planning map for the Virgin Islands.
The Exploring the Virgin Islands book is being released
in its second edition after quickly selling out of
its first printing. It is the first new cruising guide
for this area in 15 years. Users have remarked about
its contemporary design and ease of use with its aerial
photos and clear, and concise color diagrams.
Fine Edge’s goal is to continue to acquire,
develop and release high quality books and maps for
the nautical and recreational industries and develop
informational products to market to its loyal customer
Mark is the Publisher at Fine Edge with responsibility for all publishing, business affairs, and marketing. He is also the co-author of Cruising the Virgin Islands and the new Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide.
Mark's boating experience began in Ocean City, New Jersey, where at the age of 15 he started working in a marina learning how to repair boats and engines. During this period he raced both power and sailboats in the waters around Ocean City.
He has always enjoyed boating and while working in the corporate world he annually would charter in the San Juan Islands and British Columbia as well as other places around the world including the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Greek islands, Honduras, Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay area.
In 2002, while in the middle of a successful professional career as a business strategy and marketing consultant for companies such as IBM, Apple, Intel and many of the major media companies in the world, Mark elected to make a career and life-style change with a move from working in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley to the Pacific Northwest and Anacortes, Washington. He purchased nautical publisher Fine Edge, with the objective of combining his business experience with his interest in boating. He has expanded Fine Edge through the development of new nautical titles and the acquisition of the U.S. publishing and distribution rights for the popular Dreamspeaker line of six cruising guides covering the northwest and British Columbia waters.
Next, Mark expanded the reach of Fine Edge into the Caribbean with the first new cruising guide for the Virgin Islands in 15 years, Cruising the Virgin Islands, as co-author with the late Joe Russell. The 1st edition of this book was a sellout success. The expanded 2nd edition, and a new Virgin Islands Trip Planning Map, continue to be a big success and the book is now the standard guide for most of the major charter companies in the Virgin Islands.
Recently, Mark acquired the rights to the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide, the most popular cruising guide in the Northwest and British Columbia. The Waggoner is often referred to as – the "bible" for Northwest cruising. Mark is the new Editor and Publisher spending each summer visiting over 175 marinas, coastal towns, and anchorages for the most current information for northwest yachts and cruisers. He is expanding the Waggoner Guide to Ketchikan, Alaska and adding new apps on the Apple iPad and Android systems.
In addition to the Waggoner Cruising Guide, Mark has expanded Fine Edge to provide distribution of the top 150 cruising and boating books of interest to over 125 stores in the Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska. Recently, Fine Edge added seafood cookbooks to its distribution, which sell very well next to cruising guides.
Mark is also one of the principles of Fine Edge Nautical Seminars presenting nautical training and information courses at the Seattle Boat Show through Seattle Boat Show University, which he founded, and their annual Cruising the Inside Passage and Alaska, 3 day seminars, presented each spring.
In addition to new books, maps, and training seminars, Mark shoots for photo assignments and writes magazine articles on exciting cruising destinations that have been published in Power Cruising, Pacific Yachting, Latitudes and Attitudes, Soundings, and Dockside. He is a regular contributor to Northwest Yachting Magazine. His more recent charter cruising assignments have taken him to Kodiak, Alaska, Southeast Alaska, Haida Gwaii, Baja, the canals of France, and up the Intracoastal Waterway from Florida to Annapolis. In 2006, Mark lead the first American crew to charter cruise the coast of Vietnam which was chronicled in several magazines.
In addition to Fine Edge, Mark is the principal at Burrows Bay Associates providing Marketing, Strategy and Business Architecture consulting services to yacht builders and companies in the boating business, real estate developers and luxury goods companies.
Mark holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters license with endorsements for towing and sail, and is a NAUI certified scuba diver. In addition to boating, Mark is an instrument rated, twin-engine private pilot with over 2000 hours of flight time. He is a long distance cyclist, recently completing his second Seattle to Portland (STP) cycling event. He is the 2011 President of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the founder of the Anacortes Library Maritime Speakers Program and a leader of the Anacortes Futures Project to develop the plan for Anacortes in 2025. Mark is a past trustee of the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and is the Chairman of the NMTA's Boat Show Committee in 2010-2012 responsible for planning the Seattle Boat Show.
Prior to his career shift to the nautical industry, Mark's past included creative and management positions in media, publishing and technology in New York, Los Angeles and the San Jose and San Francisco Bay areas as an award winning Producer, Director, Writer and Creative Director. He has been a consultant on media and technology for many of the major media companies around the world on the application and new business models for digital media. His consulting clients have included Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Disney, Sony Pictures, MGM, the International Motion Picture Association, and the Weather Channel/Landmark Communications to name a few. Prior to purchasing Fine Edge, he held a senior management position at Intel in their new business division and worldwide internet marketing division. Prior to Intel, Mark was a Managing Director in the Entertainment and Media practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles serving the publishing, television and motion picture industry and the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for a joint venture of Apple and IBM. He is the author of several books, magazine articles and white papers and frequently has been a speaker on digital rights and media and technology issues around the world. Mark is the former Chairman of the Interactive Multimedia Association in Washington, D.C. and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Software Publishers Association. Over the years he has served on the boards of a number of companies and civic organizations. Mark is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey with a degree in business and communications.
For more information about Fine Edge books and products
email Mark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call him at 360-299-8500.
Don Douglass and Réanne Hemingway-Douglass
have sailed from 60° N to 56° S latitude -
Alaska to Cape Horn - logging more than 150,000 miles
of offshore cruising over the past 25 years. They consider
the cruising grounds of Northwest and Alaska some of
the finest in the world and an unending source of excitement
and pleasure. They spend summers cruising on their
diesel trawler, Baidarka.
Don Douglass began exploring Northwest
waters in 1949 as a youth. He has sailed the Inside
Passage on everything from a 26-foot pleasure craft
and commercial fishing boats to a Coast Guard icebreaker.
Don holds a BSEE degree from California State University,
Pomona, and a Masters in Business Economics from Claremont
Graduate University. He is the author of Exploring
Vancouver Island's West Coast and, with his wife, Réanne,
co-authored the acclaimed Exploring the Inside Passage
to Alaska, Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia,
Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia and Exploring
the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Don holds honorary membership
in the International Association of Cape Horners. He
has written several skiing and mountainbiking guidebooks
and, as a father of the sport, was elected to the Mountain
Biking Hall of Fame.
holds a BA degree in French from Pomona College. She
attended Claremont Graduate University and the University
of Grenoble, France. Sailor, writer, cyclist and language
teacher, Réanne's articles have appeared in
numerous outdoor magazines. Her best-selling book,
Cape Horn: One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare,
describes pitchpoling in the Great Southern Ocean and
has been published in French and Italian.
In the 1980s, Réanne led the
first women's bicycling team to cross Tierra del Fuego
at the tip of South America. She is also the principal
author of Mountain Biking the Eastern Sierra's Best
100 Trails. Her articles have appeared in numerous
outdoor magazines, including Pacific Yachting and Cruising
World. Réanne is the chief editor of FineEdge
The Douglasses have
documented nearly 5,000 anchor sites between Seattle
and Glacier Bay and their series of detailed cruising
guidebooks are acclaimed for setting a new standard.
and Laurence Yeadon-Jones are experienced offshore
and inshore sailors who voyaged from Southampton, England
in 1985 on their first adventure across the Atlantic
Ocean. Over the last 17 years they have logged thousands
of cruising hours charting, recording and photographing
their travels, exclusively along the beautifully rugged
coastline and islands of the Pacific Northwest. To
date they have produced 4 colorful, information-packed
Dreamspeaker Cruising Guides and see themselves as
passionate ambassadors of the area’s unspoiled
cruising waters, its coastal communities and local
enterprises. Through their writing, charting and photography
they endeavor to promote safe and enjoyable boating
while profiling the uniqueness of coastal life. Anne
and Laurence are also regular contributors to local
and international boating magazines. They live in Vancouver’s
West End and keep their 36-foot sailboat Dreamspeaker
and faithful dinghy, Tink, close by.
Captain Herb Nickles
grew up on the California coast and has been sailing
since the age of eighteen. He has captained or crewed
on 20-foot catboats, 30-foot sloops, 40-foot trawlers,
and even a 100-foot schooner. Herb holds a U.S. Coast
Guard Masters license with sail endorsement and has
extensive cruising experience to varied and exotic
destinations including Baja California, the Inside
Passage to Alaska, Downeast Maine, and the Virgin Islands.
Over the past few summers, Herb and his wife, Wendy,
logged over 7,000 nautical miles in their Nordic Tug,
circumnavigating New England from Lake Champlain to
the Bay of Fundy.
Herb earned a BA in Zoology
and an MA in Education from the University of California
and an Alaskan Naturalist Certificate from the University
of Alaska. A college professor and administrator with
39 years of experience in prestigious institutions
from coast to coast, Herb is a recognized expert in
the field of teaching and learning with technology,
authoring eight books on the topic.
Herb's photographs of
the Inside Passage adorn the pages of many of the
Fine Edge cruising guides and appear in magazines
including Pacific Yachting and Northwest
Aboard Baidarka, Don and Réanne Douglass’ research
vessel, Herb and Wendy anchored and collected data
in hundreds of coves in B.C. and Alaska and are contributors
Southeast Alaska, Exploring
the North Coast of British Columbia, Exploring
the South Coast of British Columbia, and Exploring
the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Herb's primary role at Fine Edge is
the design and maintenance of the FineEdge.com website.
When not cruising aboard
Chinook, their Nordic Tug 32,
Herb and Wendy can be found beachcombing near their
home in Harwich Port on Cape Cod.
Captain Kevin Monahan is a Canadian Coast Guard officer
with more than 20 years experience navigating the British
Columbia coast as a small vessel captain. Born in London
England in 1951, Monahan emigrated to Vancouver, and
attended the University of British Columbia. His articles
have appeared in various magazines including Westcoast
Fisherman (now Fisherman Life), Pacific Yachting, Northwest
Yachting Magazine, and the Fisherman's News. Monahan
worked as a fisherman for 12 years, then on ferries
and coastal transports, before joining Canada's Department
of Fisheries and Oceans as a patrol vessel captain.
After the merger of the Canadian Coast Guard with the
Department of Fisheries and Oceans, he continued as
commanding officer of a Coast Guard Cutter. In 1999
he joined the Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety
as head of inspections and investigations for the Pacific
Region, where among other responsibilities, he developed
training for police and Coast Guard in electronic navigation
and enforcement of small vessel safety regulations.
From 2001 to the present he served as the Superintendent
of the Office of Boating Safety (now part of Transport
Canada Marine.) Monahan holds a Master, Intermediate
Trade (unlimited tonnage) certificate.
Captain Monahan has provided expert testimony in court
a number of times, including expert testimony on the
navigational uses of GPS. He is the author of The
Radar Book – Effective Navigation and Collision
Avoidance and Local Knowledge--A Skipper's Reference,
and is the principal author of GPS
Instant Navigation and Proven
Cruising Routes Volume 1--Seattle to Ketchikan all
published by Fine Edge. He is also a contributor to
Don and Reanne Douglass's famous cruising guides, Exploring
the North Coast of British Columbia and Exploring
the South Coast of British Columbia.
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