Though I don't post here a whole lot, I wanted to come over and pimp a good book I came across over on SN:
Breaking Seas: An overweight, middle-aged computer nerd buys his first boat, quits his job, and sails off to adventure: Glenn Damato: 9780985816209: Amazon.com: Books
I'm pimpin' it for a couple of reasons:
1. Every couple of months someone asks if they can buy a boat with no experience and do some serious cruising. The answer is "sure you can, but it'll probably be more than you bargained for".
This guy, Glenn Damato, did just that and is very honest about what worked and what didn't work (composting heads, provisioning/loading the boat, Portland
Pudgy, horrible leaks
He found himself against a lee shore with a busted impeller (dead engine) and a full keel
boat that would not point. He saved the boat, with a very clever hack. How? Buy the book.
He's a smart, witty dude and good a writer. I'd definitely have a beer
with him. BFS material for sure.
2. He's self-published this book, completely on his own, through Amazon. The fact that Amazon offers this service
, for free, to new authors who'd never have otherwise gotten a chance to publish is just awesome. And the fact that Glenn did such a good job writing, laying out, and even type-setting the book himself - true self-sufficiency - is just about as sailor-esque as it gets.
I paid under $4 for the Kindle version. It's a good deal. Throw the dude a bone.