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"Princess" by Joe Richards, a true story written by a commercial artist that bought a languishing old Friendship Sloop in a NYC boatyard the Spring of 1938, somewhat restored her and sailed her south--temporarily interrupted by WWII--over the subsequent 15+ years. Joe was a great, innovative, artist and an insightful amusing author and I was somewhat sad when I finished the book and re-read it until my original 1957 copy completely disintegrated. "Princess", Eric and Susan's book of their voyage on Wanderer III and Robin Lee Graham's story of his voyage around the world, published in installments in the (pre-politicized) National Geographic, engendered my own enthusiasm for sailing. A few years ago I found a copy of Princess bundled together with his subsequent follow-on, "Key Biscayne", published by the David McKay Company in 1973, in a used book store and it now resides on my night table, as interesting and amusing to me now as it was 55 years ago.

If you can find a copy through an on-line used book dealer, it would be worth the effort.
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I like all of Hal Roth's books.
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part of the 'expereiment' is documented on Jim Michalak's web site. i haven't glassed on the permanent keel, yet, so i haven't sent him the final pics and information.

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...I read an excerpt or abridged version of Shackleton’s book which was a great read (it was in a book of short stories that I think was just the last part of his adventure. It began when they left Endeavor on foot)...
You may be referring to "Shackleton's Small Boat Journey"...available in paperback. A terrific description of his Antarctic adventure from "abandon ship" to safety at the whaling station on Elephant Island. Fascinating story of leadership and survival. One of my favorites.
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My favorite is: "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum. One book I refer to often for reference is "Sailpower."
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"Princess" by Joe Richards, a true story written by a commercial artist that bought a languishing old Friendship Sloop in a NYC boatyard the Spring of 1938, somewhat restored her and sailed her south--temporarily interrupted by WWII--over the subsequent 15+ years. Joe was a great, innovative, artist and an insightful amusing author and I was somewhat sad when I finished the book and re-read it until my original 1957 copy completely disintegrated. "Princess", Eric and Susan's book of their voyage on Wanderer III and Robin Lee Graham's story of his voyage around the world, published in installments in the (pre-politicized) National Geographic, engendered my own enthusiasm for sailing. A few years ago I found a copy of Princess bundled together with his subsequent follow-on, "Key Biscayne", published by the David McKay Company in 1973, in a used book store and it now resides on my night table, as interesting and amusing to me now as it was 55 years ago.

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Great book! I found the same 2-in-1 edition. His daughter has re-issued it, including some of his paintings. You can get it here:

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My list of non-fiction books is quite lengthy, but "The Boy, Me & The Cat." was a great read. "Storm Tactics" By Linn Pardey was a fascinating book that I couldn't put down until I finished reading it. Linn is an excellent writer and I can highly recommend this book for anyone who ventures offshore. "Away From It All" by Sloan Wilson, while not a sailing book, is a great book for anyone thinking about the cruising life and living aboard.

I have dozens of sailing books on the shelves, and It's really difficult to recommend one over another - they all have their attributes.

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I like Coles, Heavy Weather Sailing.

Oh, and to be clear, to read, not to do!
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Herb Payson's books are fun to read.
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