I would say to add to the list:
Other "general purpose" seamanship texts:
"Chapman's Seamanship: Piloting and Small Boat Handling"
Book of Seamanship", John Rousmaniere
Others I like:
"How Boat Things Work," Charlie Wing
"Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical
Handbook," Charlie Wing
"The 12-Volt Doctor's Practical Handbook," Edgar J. Beyn
I second the nod to Nigel Calder's books already listed and add his "Marine Diesel
Engines" to the list, as well as the shop service
manual - not the "owner's manual" - for your engine
If you're really into the technical/design side of things, "Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore
Yachts" , Edited by John Rousmaniere, "Seaworthiness: The Forgotten Factor," by C.A. Marchaj, and "The Elements of Boat Strength," Dave Gerr, simply can't be beat.
I would strongly encourage you to (and everyone else!) to read "Seaworthy: Essential Lessons from Boat/U.S.'s 20-Year Case File of Things Gone Wrong." This is by Robert A. Adriance, a person whom I've known and worked with for nearly all of those twenty years.
Last, I would agree on finding some good, first hand cruising yarns. For me, the modern sailing/cruising authors (someone mentioned Beth Leonard) are significantly lacking when compared to those that went before (Hiscock's, Roth's, Smeetons, Johnson's, et.al.) and those that are still going. (Only my personal and humble opinion!) What they have to say is, however, still important.
A good source for some honest and roughly written tales is through the Seven Seas Cruising Association (Welcome to the Seven Seas Cruising Association
) monthly publication called The Bulletin.