An exciting new book about the life of John Muir is now available in America
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Tasmania, Australia, November 14, 2018 “Blood, Sweat & The Sea” is a must read for anyone that loves boats, is interested in success stories, and enjoys nautical history. It is the story of John Muir, his family, his work, and his life. How through hard labor, clean business practices, and dedication he rose-up from the rough and tumble streets of Battery Point, Tasmania to build a successful International engineering company.
The author captures the grit and tenacity of the Muir boys growing up in and around their father’s boatyard. They worked hard and played hard competing in everything they did, especially when it came to racing sailboats, “yachts” as they are properly called in Australia. The toughness and determination they learned growing up would serve them well in business and in life.
The Muir boys did not just sail boats, but under their father Jock Muir’s guidance, they built some incredible boats many of which remain to this day. In addition to the countless nautical stories, the book is filled with incredible photography of boats, buildings, marine equipment, and the sea dating back many years. This photo timeline from past to present lets the reader watch the Muir family and MUIR products develop and grow.
John Muir always had a passion for engineering and design. What started as boyhood tinkering in the family boatyard began to grow into a serious business. From diesel mechanics to fabrication of rudders and other marine componentry, John excelled at carrying out complex repairs and projects. Ground tackle and anchoring equipment were a major part of this and soon John took an especially keen interest in this hardware. Anchor Windlasses/Winches provided the perfect combination of engineering and craftsmanship so uniquely suited to John’s skills. Hard work, knowledge of boats, and a tenacious business acumen led John from his humble beginnings in the boatyard to starting a company that became world class under his leadership.
John built all MUIR products and the reputation of his company to this uncompromising standard.
This book follows John through the life and the business that he built. He played many roles, laid his time, his health, and his money on the line to insure success. He traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, and met and had an impact on a wide variety of interesting people. Because anchoring equipment is such an important part of any boat, John worked with the leading boat builders throughout the world. The book is a veritable who’s who of top marine industry professionals. It includes countless stories about John and the friendships and partnerships that grew out of working together. In addition to the stories there are fascinating photos of some of the largest and most beautiful yachts ever constructed and the mirrored finished MUIR products that grace their decks. Boat lovers will relish the variety and number of boats and products show-cased, from small pleasure craft to giant ferries, commercial vessels, and top superyachts.
The company, the products, and the boats create the sparkle that draw in readers, but the stories of John and his single-minded determination soon captivate them. John has a passion for life and a drive to succeed that constantly pushes him to do more.
They call him the Battery Point Blue Healer, in part because of his street smarts and toughness, but mostly because once he grabs onto something he never will let go. Understanding this tenacity and how it served him will help anyone appreciate why his business and his life thrived.
The reader is taken on a journey through the multifaceted world of the marine industry, including boat shows, trade shows as well as countless yard tours. Boat lovers, marine professionals, or anyone starting a new business, whether marine related or not, will find the stories interesting and the variety of projects intriguing.
John’s life and work are endlessly entwined. His work revolves around boats, boat building, manufacturing and the sea, which are also his passions. The sea is an integral part of life in Tasmania, being an island, and part of Australia, an island nation. The family heritage of boats, and boatyards that John and his brothers grew up with, and learned from their father and grandfather, are passed on to John’s children and grandchildren.
John’s wife of 46 years Wendy is always there, whether preparing John for another world tour, or scrutinizing the books to make sure the bills are paid. She accomplishes this all while minding the house, the shop, and the children. John and Wendy have two beautiful daughters Alex and Shona, who are tied to the business, their father, and the sea in so many ways. Alex worked in marketing and management at the company along with her husband Mathew Johnston, who eventually became the managing director. Shona the youngest, went straight from high school to the Navy, to grow the family’s seafaring tradition in new and different ways.
John Muir is alive and well and enjoying the things he loves most, family, boats, and sailing on the ocean. Blood Sweat & The Sea tells a simple story about a man with a vision and the drive to make that vision into reality. While the story may be simple the journey is long and onerous. Following along makes us think about our own lives and choices and what we have, and can accomplish. John leads by example throughout the book. He demonstrates how this helped him obtain success and touch so many people along the way. The story is both educational, and a tribute to the man who made the Muir name synonymous with strength, quality, and craftsmanship amongst boaters everywhere.
“Blood, Sweat & The Sea” is now available for distribution in America through Downstream Publishing and at Amazon.com.
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