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Old 22-05-2008, 13:01   #31
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Ok, if Mighty Mary 2 can push her book then so can I, I think!

This site has the story of our almost 3 circumnavigations, in the book:
Education of a Falcon
It has my stab at humor book- Boat Repair in Exotic Ports Around the World.
It has: one of my earlier books The Tigers will Eat you alive.
And it has a cruising guide: The Hong Book.

Sorry for the advertising here. I have found out that it is easy to write a book; selling it is the tough part!

All of the above have free chapters-- so you don't even have to pay!

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Old 22-05-2008, 15:02   #32
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svbeau your link doesn't work for me.

Right now I am reading Lord Jim, Castaway, and Simple Courage.

The book Endurance, about Ernest Shackleton, changed my life. There are tons of good sailing adventure books out there.

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Old 22-05-2008, 15:15   #33
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Apart from the Pardeys, I love Ice Blink, by Dave and Jaja Martin. Its a fantastic account of their voyage to Iceland and Norway. I also really like Beth Leonard's books- especially 'Following Seas', which recounted the learning curve after they first set off on their voyage. Its always comforting to hear and learn about other peoples mistakes!!
People who say things can't be done should stop getting in the way of the people doing them.....
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Old 22-05-2008, 15:21   #34
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i second tristan jones. especially encounters of a wayward sailor.

sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most.
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Old 22-05-2008, 18:27   #35
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Dear Liberty 16,
Comes from typing too fast. The correct site is:

sailingbooks - Â*Â* Mike Riley's Sailing Books PageÂ*

My only problem with Castaway is he ignored the potential of the zillions of slippers that wash up on every Pacific Island in building his raft.

But I love the soccer ball!

Sorry about the link
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Old 30-05-2008, 05:12   #36
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I agree with Sailorman, Every nautical library must contain a copy of Joshua Slocum's
"Sailing Alone Around the World"

Historical, books I've enjoyed include:

The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake.....Samuel Bawlf......excellent!!
Pirate Hunter.....The true story of Captain Kidd
Over the Edge of the world .....................Laurence Bergreen.......Magellen
In the Heart of the Sea...........................Nathaniel Philbrick.......about the Whaleship Essex.
Cook..The Extraodinary Voyages of Captain Cook

Left for Dead.....Nick Ward.....a sailors own story of the 1979 fastnet!

Tania Aebi....Maiden Voyage...

My old man and the sea.

Of course, Tristen Jones.

Not a sailing book....but one worth reading...." Abandon Ship" the story of the USS Indianapolis...

Happy Reading

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Old 29-06-2008, 06:24   #37
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I'll put in a plug for "The Next Port", by Heyward Coleman. Very well written description of modern cruising, and required if you dream of sailing round the world but your partner doesn't share the dream. Available at Amazon or
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Old 29-06-2008, 10:08   #38
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My all time favorite compendium of sailing stories is called The Circumnavigators by Donald R. Holm. It was recently uploaded to the web in its entirety for everyone's enjoyment. This book kept my sailing dreams alive for many landlocked years.

The Circumnavigators - by Don Holm - Title page

Check it out.
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How about Becasue it is there. Miles Smeeton.
or any of his other books.
Or Storm tactis. Or 40 total losses. (Good read). Storm force ten.
The prefect storm.
Heavy weather Sailling. (Best to read in the winter tuck up in bed.)
Sam Llewellyn Novels
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Wake of the Perdido Star by Gene Hackman & Daniel Lenihen and any of the James L. Nelson novels
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Chasing Sunsets

Try checking out "Chasing Sunsets" by
Lawrence Pane
I have read countless books and many journals of trips and great adventures, but Chasing Sunsets is my favorite. It's a story of a six-and-a-half year, 56 country, 40,000 mile circumnavigation from three perspectives is amusing, engrossing, uplifting, entertaining, informative and a book that is hard to put down.
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I love the story of tinkerbell by Robert Manry.
Here is a link with tons of excerpts and photos.
The comments for sailors is a must read:
Table of Contents for Tinkerbelle by Robert Manry

edit: Actually, it seems they have put the whole book online, what a treat!
Chapters for Tinkerbelle by Robert Manry
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Old 24-07-2008, 14:37   #43
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My favorit Cruising Book

The book I have found most informative on nearly all subjects is "Plot your Course to Adventure. How to be a successful Cruiser." You can check out the website at the same name as the book.

Yes, I am bias, I wrote it!!

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GREAT Books...

All of the following are long out of print, but very good and by doing a search you can find copies.

The Venturesome voyages of Captain Voss”. Well written and ranks up there with “Sailing Alone around the World”, Joshua Slocum. Only Voss did a lot more interesting things!

A VERY good book, but hard to find is "Stars to Windward". It tell an amazing story about Bruce and Sheridan Fahnestock's journey through the South Pacific before and during World War II. Their notes, photographs, and the recordings they made of native drum and gong music preserved as "Music For The Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition, Indonesia," are in the Library of Congress.

Also, a great story told from another perspective is “I ran away to sea at fifty” by Mary Sheridan, Bruce and Sheridan's mother!

Mary's own story is wonderfully and humorously written.

To find one of these books you need to do a search of used book stores or libraries. They are great books!

And I guess I need to point out that the Fahnestocks were relatives (very distant) of mine.

Our boat is our bedroom, the world has become our living room.

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Mighty Merry Tooavailable at:

"Mighty Merry Too" is the small boat that our very own Mary McCollum sailed solo across the Pacific Ocean after celebrating her 60th birthday. Much more than a sailing book she tells you how she followed her dream and hopes her adventures will inspire you to follow yours too.

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