Well, at least, you Should read books
. Here are three that some might consider valuable:
1. Herresoff, Halsy C.(consulting editor) The Sailor's Handbook, updated edition: a clear and comprehensive guide to sailing for pleasure and sport. 1983.
2. Buckley, William F. Airborne: a Sentimental Journey. 1976.
"Buckley at his most relaxed. The book chronicles a trans-Atlantic crossing under sail, starting with insuring that the ship is seaworthy
, through picking the crew and plotting the course to the "mundane" aspects of a sea adventure. Along the way one has the rare chance to observe a crew interacting spontaneously. The use of the ship's log to aid in the revealing the details and even the thoughts of some of the shipmates make the story all the more enjoyable. By journey's end you feel like you know what it must be like to cross the mighty Atlantic under the power of sail. A surprisingly enjoyable read as you and Buckley glide towards Europe
." from Amazon reviewer.
3. JJ Isler and Peter Isler. Sailing for Dummies. Comprehensive and well-illustrated presented in a way most everyone can understand.
I buy most of my books
, used, through Amazon. Great selection and bargains. Abe Books is one of my favorites. Another great book store is Bluewater Books in Fort Lauderdale
. Great selection of books, charts
and assorted things related to boating