There are a lot of "how To's" out there, Nigel Calder's maintenace manual is priceless. However, it depends on what you need the reading for. For example, it was actually FICTION that lured me to sailing in the first place...all 20 of Patrick O'Brian series on the Britich Navy
during the Napoleonic Wars, Jack London, and a non fiction classic "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum, and Boatman61 was correct ALL of Motissier. Tritan Jones...the list goes on. These works inspired a passion in me for the sea and all things sailing. Some of the knowledge is useless, not many cannonade battles at sea anymore....but dammit if there were..I would be up on it. So tighten the boom vang
on a close haul to get that smidge of extra speed out of your vessel, maintain the windward advantage and ROLL OUT THE CHASE GUNS! oh...and fiber versus wood?!? as if! there is nothing Romantic about fiberglass! ---no offense to my glass brothers of the sea out there..