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Old 07-02-2013, 15:54   #1
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Book Recomendation

I am in the process of ordering some books from Amazon. These two are on my list, but I am not sure which one I should order or if I should order both. I would also be interested in other suggestions.

Both are by Nigel Calder.

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems




Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems: Nigel Calder: 9780071432382: Amazon.com: Books

Boatowner's Practical and Technical Cruising Manual: The Complete Handbook for Coastal and Offshore Sailors



Boatowner's Practical and Technical Cruising Manual: The Complete Handbook for Coastal and Offshore Sailors: Nigel Calder: 9780713683516: Amazon.com: Books
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Re: Book Recomendation

I've honestly never seen the second one, and it's an import and there are no reviews on Amazon for it. No description or anything, so I'd say no to it unless someone else posts with more info on it.

The first one is fantastic and almost every cruiser I've ever met has a dog-eared copy. It definitely got us out of several jams. I particularly like that it covers pretty much all systems on a boat -- if not exactly yours, we found that it always gave enough info that we could muddle our way through a repair.
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Old 07-02-2013, 16:07   #3
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Everyone should own #1, and I suspect #2 is probably great also but I have never seen it.
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Try and see if your local library carries either of those books ! cus ya can ck em out online and copy them if ya wish and all for free! just a thought
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Re: Book Recomendation

Quite a good publication .Recomended Boatowner's Practical and Technical Cruising Manual: The Complete Handbook for Coastal and Offshore Sailors



Boatowner's Practical and Technical Cruising Manual: The Complete Handbook for Coastal and Offshore Sailors: Nigel Calder: 9780713683516: Amazon.com: Books


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www.alibris.com has many copies of Boatowner's Practical and Technical Cruising Manual from $26.00
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors by Nigel Calder, Calder Nigel - New, Rare & Used Books Online at Alibris Marketplace
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Re: Book Recomendation

I own both. The "Practical and Technical Cruising Manual" is aimed at the prospective cruiser. It explains how to select and equip a yacht for cruising, and how to navigate it.

The chapters are:
Part one: the boat
Chapter 1. a boat for cruising
Chapter 2. on deck
Chapter 3. cruising accommodations
Chapter 4. electrical systems
Chapter 5. the rest of the systems
Chapter 6. acquisition strategies

Part two: cruising skills
Chapter 7. boat handling under power and sail
Chapter 8. piloting, navigation, and the rules of the road
Chapter 9. anchoring, running aground, and kedging off
Chapter 10. the ditty bag
Chapter 11. weather predictions and heavy weather sailing
Chapter 12. extended cruising and staying in touch

I found it interesting but aimed at the affluent (not 500$/month) cruiser.

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Try and see if your local library carries either of those books ! cus ya can ck em out online and copy them if ya wish and all for free! just a thought
And why would you want to steal from Nigel Calder? He's done a great deal for the cruising community in addition to being a cruiser himself. What say we buy books we want instead of steal them?
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Re: Book Recomendation

If you ever get thru the first one alive then you will know exactly which direction you want to head next.

Look at some books by John C. Payne.. The 'Bible' one is easy to read and interesting. I would buy it again.

(Marine-Electrical-Electronics-Bible-Practical-John-Payne)

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Re: Book Recomendation

I recently upgraded to the latest edition of Book #1. My old one was over 20 years old and a bit dated. Like others have said it's a must have on any cruising boat.

Don't know anything about Book #2 but from the looks of the table of contents there may be a lot of duplication in Part 1 of it. I'd go instead with Beth Leonard's book for the cruising skills.

The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising: Beth Leonard: 9780071437653: Amazon.com: Books
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Re: Book Recomendation

I have used Nigel Calder's books since 1995 and have followed him in his contributions to hybrid propulsion technology. Always a good reference. Another you might want to explore on a totally different topic (also an ebook) is the story of my own experience with loss of boat and extraordinary rescue by USCG "A Storm Too Soon", see my website www.artseaprovence.com for more info.
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I recently upgraded to the latest edition of Book #1. My old one was over 20 years old and a bit dated. Like others have said it's a must have on any cruising boat.

Don't know anything about Book #2 but from the looks of the table of contents there may be a lot of duplication in Part 1 of it. I'd go instead with Beth Leonard's book for the cruising skills.

The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising: Beth Leonard: 9780071437653: Amazon.com: Books
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