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Old 21-04-2016, 08:23   #1
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Must Read Books on Sailing

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.

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Old 21-04-2016, 11:39   #2
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Re: Must Read Books on Sailing

I too am a big user of ABE Books. It's located right here in Victoria.

The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London
Cruise of the Snark - AbeBooks

If you want to listen rather than read your books, go to They've got a great selection of free audio books, particularly marine fiction:
I have listened to hundreds of these. I strongly suggest Mutiny on the Bounty and Moby Dick. These are much better than any movie you've seen.

And of course someone wrote a darned good book on singlehanded sailing.

Nobody who has ever
written anything significant
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Old 21-04-2016, 15:40   #3
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Re: Must Read Books on Sailing

I ussed Armchaire Sailor in Newporte, RI, they gone nowe, tacken overe by Bluewatere I thick. I telle them what bookes I enjoied, they ussualley dha suggestiones. It wase a fun place.

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Re: Must Read Books on Sailing

Thanks for the tips. Been looking for a good starter book on sailing

Read Moby Dick in 1993 when I was on shore duty in the Navy, so glad I read that book. I also loved the Sea Wolf, now that I think of it I might read it again!
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Re: Must Read Books on Sailing

Before I owned a sailboat, before I had ever been more than a passenger I was given "Annapolis Book of Seamanship" to read. It's basically like "Joy of Cooking" it assumes you don't know anything and starts with what the pointy end of a sailboat is called and it's purpose and goes on from there.

I read it while working slow midnight watches and it was an engaging book. There's a ton of books out there, but for some reason that's the one that got my interest and kept it.
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I would say this little paper back is packed with interesting stuff... Sailing Illustrated

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