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Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

Voyage: A Novel of 1896 by Stirling Hayden. If you ever wanted a taste of what it might be like to crew on a clipper ship, it's a good read.
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Has anyone read "Flirting with Mermaids," John Kretschmer ?

I had high hopes for it, but once read, I found it to be kind of a snooze. My indirect question is what makes good sailing travel adventure book? I found most (sailing) travel books have only a bit about the main vehicle of transportation... and become more a discussion one meets or travels with....

Like I am kind of surprised that travel books aren't also learn to sail or buy a sailboat book.. sort of like the "A Sail of Two Idiots," Renee Petrillo


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I make a distinction between travel by sail books and sailing books that include travel (more like a "how to" manual).

The first has tales of adventure by sail. They are about the journey, not the mode of transportation. The latter are about the boat. I consider Kretschmer a sailor, not a travel writer, so I expect to learn more about the boat and how he made it go from point A to point B and therefore expect less "adventure" unless it is how he lost a rudder rounding Cape Horn and had to jury rig another.
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I make a distinction between travel by sail books and sailing books that include travel (more like a "how to" manual).

The first has tales of adventure by sail. They are about the journey, not the mode of transportation. The latter are about the boat. I consider Kretschmer a sailor, not a travel writer, so I expect to learn more about the boat and how he made it go from point A to point B and therefore expect less "adventure" unless it is how he lost a rudder rounding Cape Horn and had to jury rig another.
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Did you like the book?

I would break them into several categories... in Travel there are destinations and there is the trip. In 'Mermaid' it is about the latitude he is traveling along, as well as the shape of the boat he is transporting. The chance the reader will be in the boat he is talking about is slim --- maybe the type of sailboat, though not sure if it would be the same category.

I do think there are many that would be interested in the course he takes.

When it is all said and done, I didn't like the premise of writing a book for his new girlfriend, who in the course of 20 pages because wife and mother of his child...

I don't lean towards how to books, but even if I did, when he wrote: "rebuilt the starter" gave me no more insight into rebuilding a starter than knowing he was amazed at the midwives...

He is no Gary Paulsen


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I don't lean towards how to books, but even if I did, when he wrote: "rebuilt the starter" gave me no more insight into rebuilding a starter than knowing he was amazed at the midwives...
I don't mean that I expect a technical manual. I mean the nuts and bolts of a sailing voyage: weather considerations, equipment failures (in general) and how they were fixed or jury-rigged, interaction (or not) with other boats, seamanship, etc.

I wasn't commenting on that specific book, I was responding to your "indirect" question. I'm now reading his Cape Horn to Starboard.

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"The Ship and the Storm" by Jim Carrier. Best book I ever opened, sailing or otherwise. Would love to meet Jim as I understand he hangs around the Gulf Coast. About the loss of the sailing ship "FANTOME" in Hurricane MITCH" 1998.

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"The Ship and the Storm" by Jim Carrier. Best book I ever opened, sailing or otherwise. Would love to meet Jim as I understand he hangs around the Gulf Coast. About the loss of the sailing ship "FANTOME" in Hurricane MITCH" 1998.
if you don't mind me asking -- why did you think it was so great?


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Sailing in my grandfather's wake. A story about a guy buying a Freedom cat ketch (like mine) and circumnavigating it to complete the trip his grandfather started decades prior.
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Another one I really enjoyed reading was, "Fastnet Force 10" by
John Rousmaniere.
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Sailing in my grandfather's wake. A story about a guy buying a Freedom cat ketch (like mine) and circumnavigating it to complete the trip his grandfather started decades prior.
That is amazing.
Is that a true story?

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