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Old 30-07-2013, 14:07   #16
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They're great people as well. The couple of months we got to hang out with them and have the kids play together was great.

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Rebel Heart - I just read your blog. It was very interesting/informative - particularly your electronics outfitting. I think read your earlier post on financing the whole thing a few years ago. Congrats on getting it done and good luck on your crossing. I will have to pick up your book on Mexico since I sail out of San Diego too.
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Even the old weather books have been far supplanted by modern weather techniques and satellite dissemination.
Marine meteorology hasn't changed in Van Dorn's Oceanography and Seamanship, and the piloting, math, and celestial material is the same in Bowditch as it has always been.

My wife knows how to cook so I don't choose to study it: it doesn't mean cooking information is obsolete merely because I can manage without it in my life. The very backbone of GPS is a bunch of people who do understand celestial mechanics, math, and radio propagation.

I'm really not trying to be a jerk about it but I really do find it perplexing that people will spend all this time and money to be on the sea but then not take the extra forty hours to learn wave mechanics and celestial navigation amongst other topics.

Like if you're going to consider yourself (or let others consider you) a sailor, doesn't that mean you sort of owe it to yourself to do the homework beyond just the minimum required to get by?

I love the sea and I enjoy learning about it.
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Rebel Heart - I just read your blog. It was very interesting/informative - particularly your electronics outfitting. I think read your earlier post on financing the whole thing a few years ago. Congrats on getting it done and good luck on your crossing. I will have to pick up your book on Mexico since I sail out of San Diego too.
Well lower your expectations because it's my first book, and you know what they say about first attempts. If you stop into Downwind in the next week tell Lee to give you a free copy I sent him like 20.

Are you headed out on the Haha this fall?
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Well lower your expectations because it's my first book, and you know what they say about first attempts. If you stop into Downwind in the next week tell Lee to give you a free copy I sent him like 20.

Are you headed out on the Haha this fall?
Thanks for the book offer - I need to head to Downind!

I won't be sailing Ha-Ha this year. Sold my Cal25 (which was too small for Ha-Ha anyway) and am putting together plans to buy and outfit on the hard, which should take up most of my time.
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not a book but a movie--mandatory to view prior to leaving is captain ron.
watch it many times then leave.
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Surprisingly (or not?), the book which we have had most use out of onboard is my Mother-in-Law's really old copy of Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course.

Whilst we can all cook, and can improvise really well, she has been really useful for the basics that we never used to make from scratch on land, like bread, cakes, brownies, yorkshire puddings etc... and using her recipes we always get it right first time!
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not a book but a movie--mandatory to view prior to leaving is captain ron.
watch it many times then leave.
I'll make sure to balance that out by watching Wind 50 times afterward. " I learned that driving the Saratoga"
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Surprisingly (or not?), the book which we have had most use out of onboard is my Mother-in-Law's really old copy of The Complete Cookery Course.

Whilst we can all cook, and can improvise really well, she has been really useful for the basics that we never used to make from scratch on land, like bread, cakes, brownies, yorkshire puddings etc... and using her recipes we always get it right first time!
I think that is great advice. I currently have in my amazon cart:

Pressure Cookers For Dummies
Cruising Chef Cookbook
The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing
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I think that is great advice. I currently have in my amazon cart:

Pressure Cookers For Dummies
Cruising Chef Cookbook
The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing
I forgot to mention which cookbook it was - I've added it to say tht it was Delia Smith's book... :headbang:
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Catching fish while cruising, I will eat fish that have scales as they are not bottom feeders, and weighs up to 5 lbs max; young fish has less amount of mercury in their tissues. They are also easy to clean and prepare. After removing the guts and washed...add salt, pepper, chopped onions, cumin, flour dip, olive oil, green pepper if available...wrap in aluminum foil...BBQ...peel off skin...white crispy meat ready to eat...bon apetit!

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I would like to get peoples thoughts on which resource books I should pack for an extended cruise where I may be without internet access or English libraries.
I would suggest:
Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical tome

Along the lines of reference materials:
#1) A superior atlas (go to a bookstore so you can examine for yourself) -- it will have the flags you'll need to make, bits about the countries and more.
#2) The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch (get the latest and not the paperback version) Basically five Harvard professors got together and decided what they thought an American high school graduate should know. Examine it once and you'll purchase -- references and a great index.
#3) World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell
#4) Practical Navigator
#5) a medicine in the wild type book (no advice on that score personally)
#6) an old-fashioned (the older the better) cookbook with real recipes versus packaged goods
#7) I like Seashells of the World -- a Golden Field Guide
#8) You'll want a decent book of birds of the world along with dolphins and whales, fish et al (no personal advice there either)

And, your engine manuals, repair guides etc.

Plus, finally, a book about the stars, constellations and more, for both hemispheres!

Good luck, have fun and tell us what you decide upon.

P.S. - the Why Didn't I think of that? book mentioned is good too. I also liked The Intricate Art of Living Afloat by Clare Alcard along with Tricks of the Trades by Bruce Van Sant
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I'll make sure to balance that out by watching Wind 50 times afterward. " I learned that driving the Saratoga"
He he, good one.
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The Boat Galley Cookbook by Carolyn Shearlock A good concise one size fits all galley book.
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