Welcome to The Nautical Mind Bookstore

An independent bookstore and chart agency, The Nautical Mind has been delivering personal and professional service from our storefront in Toronto Harbour since 1980, and from nauticalmind.com since 1995. Our clients range from dinghy sailors on Georgian Bay to cargo vessel captains in Hong Kong, while our staff includes seasoned tug, tall ship, and yacht crew. The selection of marine books and charts we carry is unmatched — if you need any information on ships or the sea, we’ll send it your way—quickly, reliably, seven days a week.

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Paul Howard & Fiona McCall’s Cruising Guide Guide to the West Coast

We first met Paul Howard, Fiona McCall, and their two children Penny and Peter, when they sailed into Toronto Harbour in 1988, after a five-year round-the-world voyage in their 29-foot junk-rigged craft Lorcha. Crowds were on hand to greet them. Luckily for us, their publisher was on the ball, and we had copies on hand of […]


“Stars to Steer By” Review Raffle Rextravaganza!

Help fellow seafarers find their way by adding guiding stars and reviews to your favourite books on nauticalmind.com — and get entered in a raffle with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. For every review you contribute, we’ll add your name to the raffle hat. You can even review charts or navigation tools if you want. […]


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 Official Distributors for

International Maritime Organisation
Canadian Hydrographic Service
Witherby's Seamanship International
Wooden Boat Publications
Random Penguin
Dok Mar
The Nautical Institute
McGraw Hill
Paradise Cay
Imray Iolaire
Brown, Son & Ferguson

  What our Customers Say

I am so Happy and greatfull!!! I received the book today!!! Perfect!!! Thank You very much!!!

You would not believe it but it turned up last night! Must have been karma.Thank you for your great service, we will definitely be buying again.

Thanks. Your web site is awesomely easy to use, all is clear and understandable… pleasure to do business with you.

Good day, thanks for your assistance. Well rec’d books today. I have to say that you guys are the best. Good service and efficiency. Thanks a lot. Looking forward to ordering books from you again.