I thought I was doing pretty good getting down to about 20 just reference books (not cooking or fun reading or even reference on technical subjects not sailing).
If I had to pick three: Cornell "World Cruising Routes," Toss "The Rigger's Apprentice," and Hall "Getting Rid of Boat Odors."
I have Chapman's and Calder's Mechanical/Electrical book but frankly don't look at them much if at all. I have Bowditch but it's big and bulky and I only have it for celestial nav (together with three volumes of HO). "The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing" gets hauled out regularly because I can't fish -- if you can fish but are not mechanical you might use Calder the way I use the fishing book. I have Kollman's refrigeration book that is waiting for a refrigeration problem to emerge -- it's helped with some A/C issues.
That's what I can see from the nav station. There are some more in lockers that currently have a project in the way.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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