Five big fat stars on this one. This is a great read for those of you planning to buy boats for the first time. This guy bought a 37 ft ferrocement ketch
without ever having sailed before. He then sailed it to Tahiti
with a little help from a complete stranger. The sailing stuff is just a great aside though, the really great thing about this book is that he goes way into the mentality of isolationism. He talks a lot about Theroux (Paul not Henry David - eau not oux, by the way) and Chatwin, two very famous travel writers and how people idealize travel, wanderlust, survivalist and most of all misanthropy. For those of you who got in to sailing for these reasons this book is a must read. It will give you pause the next time you think about "getting away from it all".