Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey - pbk
Paperback format. One of my childhood favorites. A wonderful, wonderful book.
Whenever Burt Dow, who lives in a snug little house on the Maine coast, sets out to sea, his pet giggling gull goes along. But this time, it will take all his might and some plain old ingenuity to save him and the gull from a raging storm.