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Old 15-01-2015, 16:33   #1
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Sailing books to help get through the winter

Any recommendations for good books with a sailing focus? Is your recommendation fiction or nonfiction?

Like many sailors in the north east, my boat is forlornly sitting on stands while winter winds blow. I could use a fix!


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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

I suppose it depends on what you like to read.

My go-to reading source for sailing:

Humor - Cruiser's Forum

Tragedy - Cruiser's Forum

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Other books I have enjoyed:

Two Years Before the Mast (Richard Henry Dana)

The Long Way (Bernard Moitessier)

Sailing Alone Around the World (Joshua Slocum) Free ebook versions via link below:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6317

Just about anything by Joseph Conrad.
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I think there must be a much more comprehensive list or thread found somewhere on this forum site.

Good luck on your search and Good Reading!
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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

The Long Way (Bernard Moitessier)
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South Sea Vagabonds
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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

Any fiction books, sailors?


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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

Not a fan of Moitessier but he definitely has a following.

I found another fellow I dislike a bit, William F. Buckley, Jr., as a wonderful story teller when talks about sailing across the Atlantic with his son and a few others. It's called Airborne and I can't recommend it enough.

For fiction I too like Conrad. He was some wordsmith.
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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

If I was in your location, I'd be reading Shackleton... he was even colder than you are! Might make you feel better!

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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

If you can find a copy, "Princess" by Joe Richards is a great read. It is a love story between a man and a 24 ft wooden Friendship Sloop. He bought the boat in City Island, NY just before the start of WW2 and rebuilt it piece by piece then sailed down the ICW with great adventures large and small, to Florida before the draft caught up with him. After the war he came back and rebuilt her again and sailed back to NY. There was a sequel so if you can find the book with both parts, so much the better.


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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

Beth Leaonard's two books

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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

Anything by Dr David Lewis (Icebird etc)
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"Good seamanship isn't the thoughtless instinct that salty dogs make it seem to be. It's the good habit of always asking yourself the right questions in the right order and answering them thoughtfully."
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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

'The Custom of the Sea' by Neil Hanson.

You can have my copy, I've tried reading it a few times during the long night watches but never been able to really get into it..... probably best to describe it as a survival guide....

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Even if the nautical aspects of this book doesn't "float your boat", the legal implications were very very significant.
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Re: Sailing books to help get through the winter

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Any fiction books, sailors?
There's always the classic: The Riddle of the Sands.

Available as hardcopy or Kindle from Amazon:

Amazon.com: The Riddle of the Sands (Dover Thrift Editions) (9780486408798): Erskine Childers: Books

or free from Project Gutenberg:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2360/2360-h/2360-h.htm
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