An English woman writer's breezy, adventurous trip this time by small boat from Miami to the Hudson to the Great Lakes, then down to Florida again by way of the Mississippi makes one of the most enjoyable cruise stories of recent seasons. Not only is she a good sailor and highly competent author, but her sensitivity and buoyant, intelligent optimism make of her an excellent cruise ""companion"" too. In the course of her unique 6000 mile trip by outboard motor she meets the rich and the famous, encounters supermarkets, barge crews, and yacht club fauna, and delves more than superficially into the customs and attitudes of current American life along the shores of her water journey. Sentences like ""a long cruise is like an orange, easier to handle in small sections"", add verbal spice, while accounts of St. Louis night life or Mississippi plantation conversations keep the story varied and moving ahead full steam. Very enjoyable.