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Old 03-01-2010, 14:04   #16
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I would not leave without Chapmans guide. Of course, if I take a book on my little cat, it may not come back in the same condition!
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I think its cruel to tie that big book on a little cat. Can the thing do anything but sit there and meow at you? And the hairballs, yeah- I wouldn't want to read that book anytime soon...
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After reading the thread about the guy that was rescued off the US East Coast, I'd be sure to take a good book on weather forecasting!
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I think its cruel to tie that big book on a little cat. Can the thing do anything but sit there and meow at you? And the hairballs, yeah- I wouldn't want to read that book anytime soon...
Good one Newt! I don't want to have PETA knocking on my door.
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I think she's having a go at you Mike, afterall everyone knows Jaws, Titanic and the Perfect Storm are movies....
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parts catalogues and books to read/trade. Really didnt use any "offshore sailing manuals" when cruising, although I carried a whole lot of books I dint need. Calder's would be good though. By the time you leave and start sailing you really dont need someone else's scheme anymore for the "perfect storm". You need to figure out how YOUR boat needs to be managed... and have it down to a science just in case....
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. By the time you leave and start sailing you really dont need someone else's scheme anymore for the "perfect storm". ...
Absolutly agree with you.
Nor people telling me where to plot my course. Mine might not be the optimum course, but its mine... or ours. We do the route planning, not Jimmy.

We find many personal tales of sea adventures dwell, or dramatise, the difficult parts: How she tamed the savage seas... etc.
With family and friends negativising the trip with pirates, storms and spare parts prices why read books about surviving in a friggin' life raft?

Maybe the best books to take to sea are the ones nothing to do with sailing but whcih we have wanted to read, or classics to reread


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... Maybe the best books to take to sea are the ones nothing to do with sailing but whcih we have wanted to read, or classics to reread
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Me three.
Manuals (Operator's, Parts, & Shop) for everything, even stuff we don't have aboard our boat, and Literature.
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Hey All! I'd be really interested in finding out what books the experienced cruiser wouldn't leave the dock without. I'll start the list:

1. Nigel Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual.

2. Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising routes.

3...
You know the curious thing about the Nigel Calder books? I find the one listed above frequently more complete on diesel engine topics than the he wrote that is dedicated to that topic.
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The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Faley Mowat
Nigel Calders (ya know the title)
All Jane Austen (need my romance)
Tristan Jones (for good fiction )
The Oceans are Waiting by Sharon Ragle (very funny adventure, but I am a bit partial)
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The Nigel Calder books seem to be on everyone's (technical) list, and even get called the "Boaters' Bible"; but I really don't find them very useful.
For the most part, I find that they are either too basic & general, to be of use to a competent "do-it-yourselfer", and/or are incomprehensible.


Manufacturers' Manuals, however, will be absolutely specific, and if sometimes too advanced for me to understand , will provide someone else in the anchorage (more expert than I) the specific information they need to help me.
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