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I got the original version of FLYBOYS, (in English, because the Portuguese version, talks about something else!!) written by James Bradley.

What a book, even for someone that is not American, man I felt proud of being American!!!!!!

Good allover. What a group oh heroes!

Impressed me a lot.
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New Good Book

At the Mercy of the Sea by John Kratschmer came out recently and is an excellent book. You can find it at Amazon.com
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For those who have posted on this thread, I highly recommend The Armchair Sailor on Thames Street in Newport, RI, for its comprehensive collection of sailing literature, fiction and nonfiction alike.
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I haven't read that one but about five+ years ago Nathaniel Philbrick put out "In The Heart of the Sea - The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex" that I really got into. Sounds similar to your recommendation but will check it out too. Thanks.
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So from a non-fiction instructional point of view, what do you think are the most essential books. I mean, it's like that scene at the end of the Time Machine where the house-keeper and the friend notice that 3 books were missing, and they ask "Which three would you take?" What 3-5 would you have/recommend? I'm asking this as a newbie with the eventual desire of a small live-aboard for coastal cruising. It seems these were repeated the most in the previous pages:

*Chapmon Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling by Chapman
*The Best of Sail Trim by Charles Mann (or is it Mason?)
*Heavy Weather Sailing by Adlard Coles

Do you agree? Looking at all the titles, these seem filled with valuable info:

1. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
2. Basic Coastal Navigation by Adlard Coles
3. Boatowners Mechanical & Electrical Manual by Calder
4. The Capable Cruiser
5. Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual by Don Casey
6. Dan Spurr's Boatbook - Upgrading th Cruising Sailboat
7. The Handbook of Knots by Des Pawson
8. Oxford's Companion to ships and the Sea- Kemp- Reference
9. Sailing fundamentals by Gary Jobson
10. Singlehanded Sailing: The Experiences and Techniques of the Lone Voyagers by Richard Henderson
11. The Cruising Handbook by Nigel Calder
12. Used Boat Notebook by John Kretschmer

So out of this list of 15, which 5 would you recommend, or did I miss one? I'm hoping to go out and buy a few and spend the winter reading. Wouldn't mind buying some rope to practice knot tying.
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Adrift - Steven Callahan

Someone already mentioned it in their list, but I give it a second vote!
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Kernix,
You recommended Singlehanded Sailing: The Experiences and Techniques of the Lone Voyagers by Richard Henderson. I may be biased but I also enjoyed that book. I heard that my name was in the second edition so I had to buy a copy to see if I had been included as an example of how not to do it. It turns out that he has what he calls The Honor Roll Of Singlehanded Sailing and my name is included among all the great names in singlehanded sailing. I had to get a hold of him and ask about that because it struck me as funny that my name would be included in a list like that. Apparently he doesnít have high enough standards when it comes to that list.
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Wow, referenced in a book? How did you get in.

So in your opinion, that book should not be on that book - AND - is not a good book to read? I was only going by title.
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Kernix,
No, I think itís a very good book and worth reading. Another book I enjoyed was written by a friend of mine, Dr. David M. Parker. His book is older but has a lot of timeless good clear thinking that is as valid today as when he wrote it. Look it up, Ocean Voyaging; A critical Discussion of Modern Cruising Yachts and the Techniques of Ocean Sailing published by De Graff.

Dr. Dave as he is best know designed and built a windvane self-steering system for my Tartan 34C. It is very nice design which has a different feedback system then most windvanes. He made it this fall so I have not had the opportunity to try it but similar vanes of his design have been around the world so a trip to Greenland should be a piece of cake.

I am not really sure why I am in Richard Hendersonís book but it probably has something to do with making a lot of dumb mistakes while still being to make enough good decisions that I havenít died yet. Having my obituary printed also helped.
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A Desperate Voyage

No list is complete without "A Desperate Voyage" by John Caldwell. I read this book as a boy, and it inspired me to take sailing lessons. I have been a sailor ever since.

"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
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