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post #261 of 541 Old 12-17-2008
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THE COAST OF SUMMER by Anthony Bailey


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The Coast of Summer is an excellent choice, and if you like it, I'd recommend Cruising At Last, by Elliott Merrick

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I am also fond of Royce's Sailing Illustrated. There is an Anniversary Edition out now, as well as a newer version. They are diverse in the material covered and they are conveniently sized.
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The Coast of Summer is an excellent choice, and if you like it, I'd recommend Cruising At Last, by Elliott Merrick
Thanks! I will have to track down a copy. Anthony Bailey also wrote a book called THE THOUSAND DOLLAR YACHT. I haven't read it, but I wonder if anyone here has, and recommends it.


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I haven't read all 27 pages, so my apologies if this has already been listed.

I tear through just about any sailing related fiction and/or nonfiction whenever I can. Not too long ago, I received as a gift a copy of Thor Heyerdahl's "Kon-Tiki," which I thought was a very engaging mix of sailing narrative and history.

Setting out into the Pacific on a raft. Now THAT's barebones cruising!
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Having read all the reading lists posted and excellent literature recommended I may just have to venture to the library.

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The Architect's Apprentice, by Gary Schwarzman. I found this book in a used book store in Vermont. The author decided to commission the design and construction of a new, cold-molded wooden boat rather than buy one off the shelf. I found it a fascinating description of the how's and why's of custom boat building. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the business of boat design and building, but especially so for anyone thinking of following the path of the author. As he makes it clear, if you are a hands-on skipper willing to do some of the basic design drawings yourself, are a good shopper and enjoy the hunt for quality used hardware, and are willing to participate in the construction of the boat, it costs just about the same to have your boat custom-made as it does to buy a mass-production model. The author gives a detailed cost accounting, and shows how he spent about 300K for his new custom 42 foot cold molded boat (this was the late '90s), and compares that to Royal Passport 41 (designed by Bob Perry). The way he sees it, you can buy the off the shelf model, take a few months to prepare and go cruising, or for "a lot more time and effort, it is possible to cast off the docklines of a custom-designed, professionally built cruising sailboat. The price is the same; the choice is yours."

This book makes it clear why there are so few custom sailboats built; it really is much quicker and less expensive to buy a quality production boat. Thank goodness there will always be a small group of those who enjoy or need to go through the custom process.
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The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner. (autobiography)

My edition was edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, former Australian of the Year.

If you like books about the old days of sail this is a testicle ripper. Undoubtedly one of the best of its kind I've ever read.

Lord Anson's "A Voyage Around the World' is also a old un but a good un.

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good reading

I don't have a TV on my boat so I do a lot of reading. I prefer non fiction
Some good reads are
Dead Men Tapping by Kate Yeomans
Adrift by Steven Callahan
North To The Night by Alvah Simon
Red Sky In Mourning by Tami Ashcroft
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