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Old 07-05-2015, 17:32   #1
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Five books every wannabe should read.

What five books should I start off with if I know nothing of sailing?

Assume I am smarter than the average bear and I can read and comprehend quickly so length is not an issue. Pictures are not necessary unless they are necessary.

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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Well you don't mention your plans, but as your on the cruisers forum I'm guessing it's to sail off into the sunset?

Here's a few I found good to read prior to cruising, as well as good onboard reference to look up occasionally. Most weather books put me to sleep after 10 pages and when I wake I forgot the last 9 pages, so any weather books are always a work in progress...

How to sail around the world - Hal Roth
Cruising handbook - Nigel Calder
Modern marine weather - david burch
Close to the wind - Pete goss
Sailing alone around the world - Joshua Slocum
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

Sailing for dummies. No, really.


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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

1. Chapman's Piloting. (64th or latest edition)
A bible of boating.

2. Annapolis Book of Seamanship

3. Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia (Steve Dashew)

4. Sailing Alone Around The World (Joshua Slocum)

5. The Long Way (Bernard Moitessier)
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

while monte mentions novels...
here's some others that will be useful (if/when you buy a boat)

Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Nigel Calder Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual
Nigel Calder Marine Diesel Engines
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

1. Two on a big ocean - Hal Roth
2. Close to the wind - Pete Goss
3. The long way - Bernard Moitessier
4. One hand for yourself, one for the ship - Tristan Jones
5. World Cruising Routes - Jimmy Cornell
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Re: Five books every wannabe should read.

1 & 2 Calder's Manual and Cruising Handbook

3 Self Steering for Small Craft --- John Letcher

4 This Old Boat - 2nd Edition --- Don Casey

5 Dutton's Piloting (and/or Chapman's, but Dutton's better on navigating, Chapman's wastes a lot of space on basics)

6 Single Handed Sailing Richard Henderson (there's the online singlehanded sailing book, too)

OK, I cheated, but if I had to choose, these would be the ONLY books I'd need.

I keep referring them to others who ask.

You could also do a SEARCH on this or any other boating forum and pretty much get the same answers.

All the fiction by Tristan is great reading. Rousmaniere's stuff is great, too.

Anyone who wants to sail SF Bay: Kimball Livingston's Sailing The Bay, either edition. There are two.

Happy reading.

Agree on Sailing for Dummies, too.

Heck, ya shoulda asked for the Top Ten!
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Sailing for dummies. No, really.


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Just put it in my Amazon cart. It can't hurt!
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How to sail around the world - Hal Roth
I'll start with this one from your list for this first round of books.

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1. Chapman's Piloting. (64th or latest edition)
A bible of boating.)
I'll snag your first two for this round of books. Thanks again.
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while monte mentions novels...
here's some others that will be useful (if/when you buy a boat)

Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Nigel Calder Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual
Nigel Calder Marine Diesel Engines
Yes. These are perfect. All three in the cart.
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1 & 2 Calder's Manual and Cruising Handbook


Heck, ya shoulda asked for the Top Ten!
Getting Calder's books this round.

And yeah, ten would have been better it seems.
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What five books should I start off with if I know nothing of sailing?
The Voyagers Handbook by Leanard, The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising: Beth Leonard: 9780071437653: Amazon.com: Books

Storm Tactics Handbook by the Pardeys. Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-to for Survival in Extreme Conditions, 3rd Edition: Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey: 9781929214471: Amazon.com: Books

By the Dashews:
  • Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia
  • Mariners Weather Handbook
  • Surviving the Storm

The last two books are FREE and are available from:
SetSail » Blog Archive » Weather Forecasting, Storm Tactics & Successful Cruising – Plus An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Heavy Weather Sailing by Adlard Coles, Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing, Sixth Edition: Peter Bruce: 9780071592901: Amazon.com: Books

Heavy Weather Avoidance and Route Design by Chesneau and Li Chen

Seaworthiness The Forgotten Factor by CA Marchaj.

Ok that is more than five but it is a start.

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Two hundred dollars, folks. Yer killin me!

Is this the beginning of the end of my disposable income? Let's hope so.
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I'll snag your first two for this round of books. Thanks again.
If you are on a tight budget, look for these titles on Amazon in their used books. These books are very popular and have been out for many years, so I would expect there to be many very cheap used in Amazon.
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