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What are your favorite Sailing books?

- both fiction and non-fiction.

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

There is already an extensive list on this going back several years somewhere round here.

"A Voyage for Madmen."

"The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst."
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the complete sailor, learning the art of sailing by David Seidman ..... this is the book all new sailors should rea, if they read no others
low resistance boats by Thomas Firth Jones
dove by Robin Lee Graham

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A Sail of Two Idiots, Renee Petrillo

an adventure, humor, how to... and one of the most recent I've read. Not sure if the fact it was written by a woman --- who did most of the navigation and helm work of the sailing --- had anything to do with it.

Should point out there is an excellent book thread here: Recommended Reading

also --- a small thread, but large lists: Recommended Book Lists

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

Any or all of Bernard Moitessier's books; he's one of the few who writes more about the sailing, than the places he visits.
"Deep Water and Shoal" by William Albert Robinson. A true classic, up there w/ Slocum's marvelous tale.
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I really enjoyed To The Great Southern Sea by William A. Robinson and Return To The Sea.My favorite all time book is Saga Of Cimba by Richard Maury followed closely by The Long Way by Moitessier.
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Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

Fiction: "Voyage" by Sterling Hayden

Non Fiction: Probably Miles Smeeton's "Once is not Enough"
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Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

Not so much a book, but a log of a voyage.

Check out "Log of the Ithaka"...it was on a couple different sites (boatus and cruising world I think). But very good log of a voyage to the caribbean and back.

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