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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Book Review: The Art and Science of Sails, Revised Edition

The Art and Science of Sails, Revised Edition Tom Whidden and Michael Levitt North Sails Group, 2016 Hardcover, 182 pp. Twenty-Five years ago, these authors published the first version of this book. As they note, in the quarter-century, there has been many amazing advances in sail design and construction. Published by North Sail, this book […]


We’re Looking for Part Time Help in November & December

Become Santa for some sailors! Join our dynamic team of salty dogs and an actual dog for the holiday season as we distribute books, charts, and cheer from our Toronto storefront and across the internet. Familiarity with books, boats, and selling things is necessary for this position. Comfort with nautical charts and paper cuts an asset […]


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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 placed an order on Thursday morning for ‘Marine Diesel Engines Nigel Calder’. I received an email by noon stating the product was in stock and shipping right away. When I got home from work Friday night the book had been delivered.

I’m not easily impressed but there are no words to explain my amazement at this overnight turn around time. I was impressed to say the least.

Thank you for your expediency and efficiency. Please pass on my appreciation to all involved.

I found my book it on my doorstep this morning, you guys don’t mess around. Now all I have to do is get the boat launched. Thanks!

The book arrived safely. I thank you for the excellent service.

Our books arrived this week, and we appreciate not only the order updates, but the special packaging! My husband enjoyed perusing the chart wrap, and the book arrived in great shape. Nautical Mind has customer service wired.