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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Guest Blog from Janet Peters

Thank you to Janet Peters, author of The Reluctant Sailor, for this great guest blog. This blog provides some context for her excellent book. I live in a small town on the shores of Georgian Bay. The area is commonly known as the Georgian Triangle comprising Meaford, Craighleith, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. In this area, […]

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Some New Books For Motorboaters

It would be fair to say that Sailing dominates the shelves here at the Nautical Mind. This fall however, we have two fantastic new books coming out specifically for motorboaters and motor cruising. Stress-Free Motorboating Duncan Wells This is the companion book to the fantastic and very popular Stress-Free Sailing. There are many actions and […]

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 Official Distributors for

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

  What our Customers Say

I called Nautical Mind bookstore to order a book for my son and father, and was blown away by the customer service I received. Having shopped at the store in the past, all of my information was stored in their system and within seconds, I was able to order the books I wanted over the phone and have them shipped to my address (which the store owner already knew from my previous visit to the store).

I couldn’t believe how simple, easy, and fast the entire buying process was. I was so impressed that I decided to add another book for my daughter to the order as well. It was easier than shopping on Amazon and I would highly recommend this store to anyone looking for nautical adventure books!

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.