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Old 17-12-2008, 22:35   #1
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Blue Water Sailing Manual

I was looking for Marchaj, which I couldn't find, but this one was sitting there on the shelf with an annoying "this is the expensive absolutely must-have gear in action"-type photo dustcover and not a single name in the list of contributing editors which I honestly respect...

Except the last one, Peter Goss.

In fact, that last name so jarred with the other author's names that I knew (Sir Chay Blyth, Mike Golding) that I figured I had to look at it a second time despite not know any of the other names (Barry Pickthall, Andrew Roberts, Dr. Campbell Mackenzi, David Houghton.)

So, I haven't even read the intro page yet, or even the dust cover teasers, but I'm looking forward to a large number of hours working my way through this textbook/reference.

I hope others will chime in here with their opinions of the book as well.
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"Sea" the following: Amazon.com: Seaworthiness: The Forgotten Factor: Czeslaw A. Marchaj: Books
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Yes, that's the one I was looking for. I try to buy at local maritime booksellers and used book stores which stock marine titles (if you ever get to Sidney and Victoria on Vancouver Island... there are some *great* shops.) If nobody has it here I'll break down and order it. (I'm also looking for his Aero-Hydrodynamics of Sailing, which I had once upon a time but seem to have misplaced.)

The only problem with going to so many great book stores is I spent $100 on books I wasn't actually looking for...

So far, the water sailing">Blue Water Sailing Manual appears to be a rehash of the Steel Challenge. Pretty much exactly why I would have avoided it based on the names I knew... I'm not interested in studying the lessons learned in supported blue water sail racing eastabout against the prevailing weather, per se. I plan on sailing downwind without support on a GRP hull that's about as non-extreme as can reasonably be imagined. <sigh>
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You have to drill into the used books on the original link to here: Amazon.com: Used and New: Seaworthiness: The Forgotten Factor $11.00 USD is about the best you can do.
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