The Warsash Book Shop
is a very good source of boaty books (just got a copy of Norries Tables from there). You really need to be a bit more specific on what it is that you are looking for, but the following may be of help:
Learning about sailing
- decide if it is the sailing or the navigation
, if sailing, the Glenans book is very good,
if Navigation, coastal or offshore
- coastal - Nigel Calder's "How to Read a Nautical Chart: Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts"
is a good starting point. If Celestial then Tom Cunliffe's Celestial Navigation (2nd Edn)
is the one I have.
- The Pardy books, and Bill and Laurel Cooper's Sell Up and Sail. Taking the Ulysses Option
would be good starter points
The sort of book to get you in the mood for sailing. I suspect that most of us have read the Pat O'Brian books from which came the Film "Master and Commander". I would also be surprised if Arthur Ransome's series "Swallows and Amazons" has not been read whilst at a younger age. Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone around the World"
is a good read, as are his other books, the same for books by Tristan Jones (sp). For somewhat more fictional reading Bernard Cornwell's Stormchild
is one of my favourites.
Now this list doesnt even start to consider weather
, knots, etc, let alone pilots, almanacs, first aid, survival and all the other subjects (not least of which is how to catch your food!). But I hope that some of these will help (or even meet other peoples approval