I just finished reading "The Essence of Living Aboard a Boat," and I must say I did not learn much of anything. Being a Florida sailor I found the book to be predominately for those sailors in cold-weather climates.
If you are thinking of living aboard a boat in warm climates I would not recommend you buy this book. On the other hand, if you are going to be living aboard in cold climates it could be very helpful for you.
Just wanted to save a few dimes if I could, I know they are hard to come by these days.
If I had to go on the 1 to 5 stars rating guide I would give it a 2.