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Old 23-06-2016, 07:41   #1
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Book Recs for more advanced sailors?

Anyone know of a good, relatively readable book that deals with more advanced boat handling and sail trim, or other books that will make me a better sailor in general? I'm in between boats (going from 26 ft to around 37 ft.) and working on a reading list of instructional materials to accompany my Patrick O'Brian books while traveling this summer.

I've read Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing, the Pardey's Storm Tactics, various portions of Chapman's Piloting/Seamanship, and I'm working my way through a book on Marine Diesel Engines, among others. I'm interested in a book on rig tuning, boat handling, and sail trim for more advanced cruisers, and not just the heavy weather stuff. I'm not sure if anything like this exists. Any recommendations in this category, or any other must-reads?

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Re: Book Recs for more advanced sailors?

I would recommend these books:
  • High Performance Sailing, by Frank Bethwaite (written for dinghies but very useful for keelboats and cruisers): gives good and detailed explanations about how sails work
  • North U Racing Trim Coursebook (written for keelboat racers but very useful for cruisers): how to get the most of the boat you have
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Re: Book Recs for more advanced sailors?

Seamanship Secrets: 185 Tips & Techniques for Better Navigation, Cruise Planning, and Boat Handling Under Power Or Sail

by John Jamieson

Its great just for the quick navigation tricks, but it also deals with a bunch of other useful tips and tricks for boat handling under power or sail, weather and passage planning, emergency prep, and a bunch of other things I found pretty useful.

It lacks much information about draft control and rig tuning so I supplemented it with:

A manual of sail trim

Book by Stuart H. Walker

Honestly not the best book I've ever read. He seems to go out of his way to make everything sound much MUCH harder than it is with as much technical jargon as possible, but if you Wade through the completely unnecessary technical language he uses it does a good job of explaining how to control sail shape and what shapes you're looking for depending on wind force and direction...

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Re: Book Recs for more advanced sailors?

By the way, if you're looking for just a great book on sailing that deals well with docking under sail

The Craft of Sail

by Jan Adkins

is pretty much my favorite book of all time. It was written by the same man who does most of Wood Boat Magazines 'getting started In boats' special columns. The book is meant more as a primer, but a primer from a time when you were expected to be able to sail on and off dock from the get go....
Get this book for the information, keep it for the gorgeous artwork and simple explanations for everything.

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Re: Book Recs for more advanced sailors?

One of the very best sail trim books I have EVER read, and I've read most of them:

Sail Trim Users Guide
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Sailing a serious ocean, don't know the author
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It was written by John Kretschmer.

Another great read. The book deals more with anecdotes and short sub sections of explanations mixed with information but I really enjoyed the style. I like how he started off his tales with that first cliff hanger, then back tracked for a while, gave a full back story of himself, and threw in a few good sea lessons before picking back up again with all the rescue at sea stuff. It was a good way to get the reader sucked into the book.....
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Singlehanded Sailing, Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics. Meant for the advanced sailor who wants to push his boat to the limit. Free PDF version available here: Resources | Singlehanded Sailing Society
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Re: Book Recs for more advanced sailors?

Yes, how could I have forgotten to mention this book? It puts together many pieces of information for sailing efficiently when short-handed.

IMO, it is much more useful than "Sailing a serious ocean", which I found only aimed at transoceanic cruising on large yachts and lacking in practical information.

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