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Old 26-11-2014, 13:41   #1
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Anybody know of a good book that will tell me anything and everything I need to know about sailing and sailboats.


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Old 26-11-2014, 13:48   #2
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The Boat who wouldn't float. All you need to know .
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Thank you I will be sure to try that one.


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Re: Good book?

Can't think of just one that has it all. I think the best book for systems, engines, maintenance and repair is Nigel Calder's book Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual

General reference for boats, navigation, buoys and lights and such would be Chapmans.

Books about cruising and live aboard, what it's like, how to do it, etc there are many.

- Lynn and Larry Pardey. I don't personally adhere to their philosophy but lots of good information that can apply to any cruiser.
- Eric and Susan Hiscock for what it was like in the old days.
- Fatty Goodlander Fatty Goodlander, S/V Wild Card - Home

That should keep you busy for a couple of hours.
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"The Boat Who Wouldn't Float"

(Farley Mowat)

Oh, Prunella, I can't stop laughing. And crying.

Yes, start there. And if you still are keen after reading it, c'mon back - you'll be a keeper.
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Old 26-11-2014, 16:59   #6
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Thanks guys I will be trying all of these books


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The Boat who wouldn't float. All you need to know .
I think this book was given you in jest... but it's a great read.
Nigel Calder is great for maintenance.
Other categories to investigate:
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Sailing is as much attitude as skill. Read "My Old Man and the Sea" (not to be confused with "The Old Man and the Sea") and you will learn a lot.
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[QUOTE=silversailor;1687059]Sailing is as much attitude as skill. QUOTE]

Except when you are racing!

Read Ship Killer by Justin Scott and the rest will take care of itself. Or Youth by Joseph Conrad..

These will get you interested but then you have to get off the couch and get experience:

blowing chunks, lack of sleep, bad situations when you might destroy some ones $100,000 boat with your boat, etc

Also many sailors on here are fix'it guys which is awesome for them. They aren't into sailing. You will have to figure out what you are.

I have a $2,000 dollar boat that I have sailed in rather rough conditions for 3 years and basically have painted the bottom.
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Cheechako,

You are dead wrong. While not a practical treatise on boat maintenance, The Boat Who Wouldn't Float is a true account of how a person can be blinded by his own overwhelming desire as opposed to the sanity needed to avoid buying the sailboat altogether.

All the rest is nuts and bolts.
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You are dead wrong. While not a practical treatise on boat maintenance, The Boat Who Wouldn't Float is a true account of how a person can be blinded by his own overwhelming desire...
Well, that and a little Screech.
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Yea I went clear to New Foundland to try some of that screech out. Once you start reading Farley Mowat, you will probably read all he wrote and then start reading his Wifes stuff. Mac
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Anything in the Dewey Decimal System 910.2
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I like "Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook" There are two parts to the book: The Boat, and Cruising Skills.
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is comprehensive.
The Voyager's Handbook by Beth A. Leonard is good, but takes an expensive approach. The Articles tab on the left in their website is also good. See Beth and Evans Home Page
These three books are all bigger and heavier than most books.

Take some sailing lessons, maybe from the American Sailing Association and buy a small keel boat like a Cal 20 to learn on. Center board boats, these are faster than keel boats, are too likely to tip over. Where are you sailing?
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