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Old 08-05-2015, 10:27   #31
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

I'll put in a plug for Your First Sailboat, Second Edition by Daniel Spurr | 9780071813471 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

A Voyage for Madmen


One comment about weather predicting. There are people who devote years to learning about weather, yet their predictions are not very accurate even for short term forecasts. Just get a good barometer.
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

I think there's a big difference between books you'd "read" and books for reference.

Me? I'd never sit down and read through Chapman's. But I've got a copy on the boat and use it as reference. It covers so much it's valuable to have around. But it's pretty expensive. If you don't yet own a boat, you don't need a Chapman's.

Don't rush out and drop a ton on books. Get a "Sailing for Dummies" (or equivalent) and read that and put it into practice.

Me? I read stories to read. I've a copy of "Two Years Before The Mast" on the boat ('cause it's docked in Dana Point, that's kind of appropriate) - it's a good yarn. Full of useless nautical terms, but a good story/history lesson of southern California.

I read "Maiden Voyage" long ago and loved it.

And sheesh, there's some pretty dang good blogs out there that can while away tons of hours.
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Like a lot of other people my cruising flame was first ignited by "Dove" by Robin Lee Grahm. At 16 he sailed out of Southern California in a 24 ft boat and spent 5 years sailing solo around the world. Along the way he had adventures, grew up, found his lover, got married. Great story that was featured in 5 issues of National Geographic Magazine.


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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Lets see, after 2 years of being a sailing wannabee and 8 years and 2 boats I have:

ASA books 1&2
Sailing for Dummies
Beth Leonard's Voyager
Sail Trim for Cruisers
Chapmans (came with my current book)

Of those I've given 3 away.
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Thanks everyone.

I have a nice stack of books coming to me from Amazon.

The reason I chose to get maintenance books is because that is what I do for a living. I will understand what they are talking about already but learn how it relates to boats.

I was looking for books I can use as a reference, sailing basics, mechanical books, and good old fashioned sailing entertainment. This forum delivered. I think the first part of my new sailing library is quite impressive indeed.

I read A LOT. I just read "1984" today front to back for the first time. That book did not have a happy ending. Or did it?..........
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Like a lot of other people my cruising flame was first ignited by "Dove" by Robin Lee Grahm. At 16 he sailed out of Southern California in a 24 ft boat and spent 5 years sailing solo around the world. Along the way he had adventures, grew up, found his lover, got married. Great story that was featured in 5 issues of National Geographic Magazine.


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The want of a chronometer for the voyage was all that now worried me. In our newfangled notions of navigation it is supposed that a mariner cannot find his way without one ; and I had myself drifted into this way of thinking.

Slocum - sailing around the world

what would he have thought of our whiz bang widgets.
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

The ASA sailing course books which are used to teach people to sail surely can't hurt.
Other than that, you might want to define a bit better what it is that you're trying to glean from this reading. Thus, you'll get more targeted answers/recommendations.

I say as much, as I have a sailing reference library, which in total, cost more than my (used) truck. And that's not counting mucho $ in periodicals, such as the compendium of Professional Boatbuilder magazine - digital, & hard copy.
Most of the books cover specific topics, from sails & sailmaking, to tactics, various methods of boat construction, or navigation.

Ergo, the need for a target for us to aim at.
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As far as I'm concerned there's only 1.. The Glennans Handbook of Sailing.
French publication but hell.. they are awesome sailors..
Frog Bustards..
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all great books !!££

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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Kind of odd, I'm an avid reader, picked up Slocums Sailing around the world I don't know how many times in the last 35 years. One book I can't read for some reason and I've read some real sleepers from cover to cover.
I honestly just threw out my copy, been dragging it around forever. Tried reading it again no more than a couple months ago.
Some books like 117 Days Adrift I've read a number of times.
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

-check book,
-Colregs,
-INT 1,
-a holy scripture (chose any, applies only if religious),
-Avoiding 10 Most Common Life Illusions (by Barnacle and Noble)

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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Let's get real, people!

THE BOAT WHO WOULDN'T FLOAT by Farley Mowat.

Amazon.com: The Boat Who Wouldn't Float (9780553277883): Farley Mowat: Books
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