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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Cruising the North Channel

There are many lovely places to sail in the world, but the North Channel between Georgian Bay and Lake Superior may be the loveliest of all. It is also a trickier place to cruise, especially when water levels are lower than normal. To cruise the North Channel, it pays to be prepared. We have prepared […]

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Books for Tall Ship Sailors

Tall Ships are coming to Toronto this July! Here at the Nautical Mind, we’ve consistently had Toronto Brigantine alumni among our crew- and old and new friends are always dropping by. This year, we have some great books for the Tall Ship sailors and fanatics out there. The Kedge-Anchor or Young Sailor’s Assistant William Brady […]

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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 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.