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Old 07-01-2010, 10:43   #31
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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.
It does seem whenever I look up something in a Calder book it only has one, vaguely unhelpful paragraph on my problem.
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I carry on board 2 Binders; one that contains the manual for just about every piece of equipment on my boat, and the related parts lists. The other contains all the ships documents.
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:33   #33
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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.
Ditto.
Around here, Ports 'O Call (gotta join GLCC!), manuals.parts lists for the equipment Rules of the road etc.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:19   #36
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Guide to Marine Invertebrates: Alaska to California, 2nd Edition; Scammon's The Marine Mammals; Ricketts's Between Pacific Tides; A New Island Biogeography of the Sea of Cortez; The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California; The Oxford Companion to Wine; The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds; A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert; Ocean (American Museum of Natural History); Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America; Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast; Natural History of the Islands of California; Peterson's Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes of North America; Audubon's Field Guide to Wildflowers: Western Region; Kaplan's Field Guide to Coral Reefs; The Chicago Manual of Style.
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All books listed in above posts...and Oceanography and Seamanship...second edition by William G. Van Dorn.
When first purchased I felt it was to much of a text/tech book
for me, but over the years I keep going back through it,
and even I occasionally pick up a few things!
I believe has been used in the naval acad and some of the maritime schools.
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All the sailing and maintenance references are great, but I would not leave behind the DragonLance Chronicles. (At least all the Weis and Hickman ones). Sometimes you have to have something other than a engine manual to read.

I would be happy enough if they were all on the Kindle, but alas they are not.
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Speaking of Kindle ... what's the shipboard experience? How do they hold up to a bit of salt spray over the taffrail?
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Daschews weather book. Best I've read.
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Speaking of Kindle ... what's the shipboard experience? How do they hold up to a bit of salt spray over the taffrail?
I try to keep mine out of the way of the spray. My only real worry has been dropping it. I did drop it leaving the boat once, it bounced once and came to a stop at the edge missing going for a swim by inches. I don't know (and don't want to know) if they float.
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"Stargazing for beginners" or something similar. I would hope to have read my Calder before departure!
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Oh great! One book you scribble in, and three picture books...Mark, are you illiterate? You can tell us...We're here to help!
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