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Old 07-07-2021, 15:33   #1
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Recommendations for a sailing reference book library

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As I prepare for my dream retirement and traveling the seas, I am looking to generate a list of quality reference books for everything related to cruising full time. I am familiar with many how to authors on various topics from maintenance (Calder, Casey) to weather (Burch, Dashew, Watts) to navigation (Cornell, Kretschmer, Cunliff, Calder) and many other topics and authors. But since I have not read tons of literature on these many topics, I thought it could be worthwhile for many of us to have a kind of a canon of books that should be widely read to improve our cruising community and to guide newcomers. I would appreciate if fellow members could contribute a list of a few of their most valued reference books. Not so much the stories and adventures, though we all know the inspiration they offer. More the best of the best on navigation, weather forecasting, boat repair and maintenance, international travel advice (Visas, currency, bureaucracy, risks), cruising as a couple, cooking and provisioning, storage, heavy weather tactics, sails and sail handling, health and emergency medicine, communications and more. I know there is so much good literature out there but it would be helpful to create a list of the ones everyone should know about. Also, any preference for electronic formats versus the tested paper text formats. I, for certain, would appreciate the wisdom of all those who have benefitted from the wisdom of so many of these great authors. Thanks.
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Re: Recommendations for a sailing reference book library

Here are a few books we think are good.
Cooking: Shearlock's The Boat Galley, Sass' Pressure Perfect (if you have a pressure cooker).
Heavy weather tactics: Pardey's Storm Tactics Handbook, Kretchmer's Sailing a Serious Ocean
General cruising: Leonard's The Voyager's Handbook
Weather: Watts' Instant Weather Forecasting
Boat projects: Gifford's Canvas For Cruisers
Medical: Beilan's Your Offshore Doctor
General reference: Rousmaniere's The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Pilot charts: Cornell's Ocean Atlas
East Coast cruising guides: Waterway Guide (for the region)
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As I prepare for my dream retirement and traveling the seas, I am looking to generate a list of quality reference books for everything related to cruising full time. I am familiar with many how to authors on various topics from maintenance (Calder, Casey) to weather (Burch, Dashew, Watts) to navigation (Cornell, Kretschmer, Cunliff, Calder) and many other topics and authors. But since I have not read tons of literature on these many topics, I thought it could be worthwhile for many of us to have a kind of a canon of books that should be widely read to improve our cruising community and to guide newcomers. I would appreciate if fellow members could contribute a list of a few of their most valued reference books. Not so much the stories and adventures, though we all know the inspiration they offer. More the best of the best on navigation, weather forecasting, boat repair and maintenance, international travel advice (Visas, currency, bureaucracy, risks), cruising as a couple, cooking and provisioning, storage, heavy weather tactics, sails and sail handling, health and emergency medicine, communications and more. I know there is so much good literature out there but it would be helpful to create a list of the ones everyone should know about. Also, any preference for electronic formats versus the tested paper text formats. I, for certain, would appreciate the wisdom of all those who have benefitted from the wisdom of so many of these great authors. Thanks.
Thanks for the great collection of books. This is an ideal library especially for beginners. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Re: Recommendations for a sailing reference book library

Here's a few more from my pile:
Marine Diesel Engines - Calder
Electric Motor Maintenance and Troubleshooting - Hand
Sail and Rig Tuning - Dedekam
Piloting and Seamanship - Chapman
Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual - Calder
World Cruising Routes - Cornell
GPS Backup with a Mark 3 Sextant - Burch
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As I prepare for my dream retirement and traveling the seas, I am looking to generate a list of quality reference books for everything related to cruising full time. I am familiar with many how to authors on various topics from maintenance (Calder, Casey) to weather (Burch, Dashew, Watts) to navigation (Cornell, Kretschmer, Cunliff, Calder) and many other topics and authors. But since I have not read tons of literature on these many topics, I thought it could be worthwhile for many of us to have a kind of a canon of books that should be widely read to improve our cruising community and to guide newcomers. I would appreciate if fellow members could contribute a list of a few of their most valued reference books. Not so much the stories and adventures, though we all know the inspiration they offer. More the best of the best on navigation, weather forecasting, boat repair and maintenance, international travel advice (Visas, currency, bureaucracy, risks), cruising as a couple, cooking and provisioning, storage, heavy weather tactics, sails and sail handling, health and emergency medicine, communications and more. I know there is so much good literature out there but it would be helpful to create a list of the ones everyone should know about. Also, any preference for electronic formats versus the tested paper text formats. I, for certain, would appreciate the wisdom of all those who have benefitted from the wisdom of so many of these great authors. Thanks.
Showed a list of books that you recommend to your friend. But while also a beginner, he was delighted. Thanks, your tips help!
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Hi all,
As I prepare for my dream retirement and traveling the seas, I am looking to generate a list of quality reference books for everything related to cruising full time. I am familiar with many how to authors on various topics from maintenance (Calder, Casey) to weather (Burch, Dashew, Watts) to navigation (Cornell, Kretschmer, Cunliff, Calder) and many other topics and authors. But since I have not read tons of literature on these many topics, I thought it could be worthwhile for many of us to have a kind of a canon of books that should be widely read to improve our cruising community and to guide newcomers. I would appreciate if fellow members could contribute a list of a few of their most valued reference books. Not so much the stories and adventures, though we all know the inspiration they offer. More the best of the best on navigation, weather forecasting, boat repair and maintenance, international travel advice (Visas, currency, bureaucracy, risks), cruising as a couple, cooking and provisioning, storage, heavy weather tactics, sails and sail handling, health and emergency medicine, communications and more. I know there is so much good literature out there but it would be helpful to create a list of the ones everyone should know about. After all, just like everyone who graduated from high school and college is required to read certain literature, and one who has received a license to manage a boat must also have the required level of knowledge. After accessing the Othello essay examples at https://studyhippo.com/essay-examples/othello/ I found it helpful that college students can study any known piece. But if you create a similar electronic library for boat owners, it will also bring a lot of benefits. Also, any preference for electronic formats versus the tested paper text formats. I, for certain, would appreciate the wisdom of all those who have benefitted from the wisdom of so many of these great authors. Thanks.
I also came up with the idea of putting together a guide for beginners. With addresses of places where you can sew sails, get service. I hope next year I will be able to publish it on the Internet and it will be useful.
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Re: Recommendations for a sailing reference book library

Here are a couple more that I have found useful:

1. Skipper Tips for Every Day: 365 ways to get the most from your sailing
Gunkel, Fridtjof

2. Offshore Sailing: 200 Essential Passagemaking Tips. B. Seifert

This book has all kinds of boat mods to help prepare boats for offshore passages.

3. Singlehanded Sailing: Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics. Andrew Evans.
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