Doug Oudin, Author


Which book are you reading now?

Dark Harbor by David Hosp

Which was a book you loved at school?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Which was a book you hated at school?

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

Which book have you tried but given up on?

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Stobel

Which book have you read in a single sitting?

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Which book do you think is bad but other people like?

The Odyssey by Homer

Which was the first book that blew your mind?

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Which book got you into an author you love?

Hungry as the Sea by Wilbur Smith

Which book deserves to be called a classic?

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

Which book do you wish you´d written?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Which book would you never read?

One that has nothing that has to do with the sea

Which book of yours is your favourite?

Between Two Harbors, Reflections of a Catalina Island Harbormaster, a memoir, or my novel Five Weeks to Jamaica


Doug Oudin is a retired harbormaster from Catalina Island, California. For twenty-one years, he wrote a weekly article for the local Catalina Islander Newspaper.

Married for thirty-eight years, with two sons, his life on and around the ocean has given him the essence of a true seaman. Having traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean, his seafaring adventures enable him to describe, in vivid detail, the captivating lure of the tropics, the power and beauty of the sea, and the subtle, fragile, and inexplicable diversities of personal relationships.

His two books, ‘Between Two Harbors, Reflections of a Catalina Island Harbormaster’, (a memoir), and ‘Five Weeks to Jamaica’, (a novel), reflect his broad knowledge of the ocean realm, and showcase his ability to capture the fickle nuances of both Mother Nature and human nature.