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Old 13-01-2009, 12:45   #1
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book recommendations?

Hey folks,

I've got a couple of years of sailing experience, but in all honesty most of it has been in fair to beautiful weather. I'm moving aboard a Searunner 37 next month, and figure I'll have a reasonable amount of quiet time onboard over the next few months to sit and read. I have a budget of about $100 to spend on a few sailing books.

What would you say are your top three books on sailing/cruising techniques, most specifically for trimarans?

I am especially interested in storm tactics, trimaran sailing theory, and introductions to offshore cruising, though I'm wide open to recommendations on subjects you suggest might be more important for a first-time liveaboarder. Is there a 'bible' for newbie glass-over-ply sailboat repairs, maybe?
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Old 14-01-2009, 15:03   #2
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almost 50 views, and nobody reads books?

I've been recommended "Royce's Sailing Illustrated, Volume 1" as a must have, and my boat apparently comes with the Searunner manual, which apparently has a chapter or two on trimaran sailing theory.

I've got a book on knots, but I've been recommended the "Ashley Book on Knots". Any preferences?
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almost 50 views, and nobody reads books?
You might try PMing Kai Nui and, though he hasn't been around for quite awhile, Steve Rust. They're up to speed on the trimaran end of things. Good luck.

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MULTIHULL Seamanship by Dr Gavin Lesuer

The CRUISING MULTIHULL by Chris White

Cruising in Catamarans (it does mention some tris) by Charles KANTER

As for knots books - get the smallest and clearest book.

For general cdruising and living aboard Nigel CALDER's books (eletrical and mechanical handbook and the Crusiers handebook) are very good.
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Nigel Calder is my GOD

Agree with Factor above. For knowledge on EVERY THING to do with boat repairs - Calder is THE MAN. I reckon if you were stranded on a desert island it is the one book I would want. Le Seur is pretty basic but helpful. The others recommendations are better.
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For books on heavy-weather sailing, you can pickup Heavy Weather Sailing by Coles used. Older editions seem like better reading. The Dashew's book, Surviving the Storm, has a tacky title and atrocious editing, but good content.

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Amazon.com: Case for the Cruising Trimaran: Jim Brown: Books

The ONE book you would gain most from Is Jim Brown's book "Case for the cruising Trimaran. It has been out of print for a while, but you can find it at Amazon. It covers all of you questions. And many you did not know you had...:-)
Next would be Chris White Amazon.com: chris white: Books

He covers a lot of Catamaran stuff, but has a good shot of Trimaran stuff in there.

Which boat did you buy?
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Thanks much guys!

I'm taking this list down to the used bookstores this afternoon, along with my three or four large boxes of books that I have to get rid of before moving onto the boat.... hopefully I'll find a few of these books, but if not, I'll be placing an order on Amazon.

Appreciate the knowledge!

Jmolan: I purchased a 1984 Searunner 37 that the original builder added two feet of length and width to, so she's actually 39'x23'. She needs a lot of work, but 95% of the work is cosmetic (ie minor glass repairs, sanding, paint). I'm only working part time right now so I'll have a lot of time to fix up the inside while I get used to living aboard, then come spring I'll haul her out for a couple of weeks and follow your lead on the external paint.

Maybe you know her, even? She was in Alaska for years, under the name "Gay Deceiver"?
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Here is a freebie that I've been working my way through: Bowditch -The American Practical Navigator You can read it online at: Bowditch Online

I actually saved each chapter on my laptop so I can read it at my leisure without requiring internet access.

Maybe someday I'll finish it all the way through.

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Drew23, I know the boat. I went onboard years ago in Ketchikan. Good deal, funny but the Searunner world is a small world, if I ever see one I try to visit.
I don't know how they do it butthis site is very cool way to learn knots.
A great site for tying knots is:

Grog's Boating Knots Index


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Technique is meant to be learned by doing. Read something that makes ya smile.

What I'm reading right now:
Jimmy Bufett - Salty Piece of Land (haha, great for winter blues)
Stanley Booth - The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones
Kenneth Lynn - Hemingway (bio)
Jack Herald - People, Places, and Things I still Think... I Think (My grandfather's autobiography

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