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post #301 of 541 Old 12-07-2009
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Best sailing book I've ever read is:' John Rousmaniere's Fastnet Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing.

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just like to add moitessiers A Sea Vagabonds World . lots of usefull info.K
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Did not read them all but what about ....

In the fiction section,

Jack London, "Sea Wolf" reportedly one of his best (at least the first half- then he goes a bit soft abaft the mizzen mast.

Quite enjoyed the Hornblower and Jack Aubrey-Maturin series, do you guys have any other suggested reading (sailing fiction?)

Non-fiction, Sailors Bible, and a Practical Guide to Keelboat Sailing, as well as Ridpath's book on the stars/planets would seem essential;

there is a true account about the whaling ship Essex, which Melville later made famous in Moby Dick, which is haunting- I cannot think of the title but am sure of you do an internet search you'll come accross it . as they say reality is stranger than fiction !- wouldn't recommend this for those with weak stomachs....but alas it's sailors whom I address!

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there is a true account about the whaling ship Essex, which Melville later made famous in Moby Dick, which is haunting- I cannot think of the title but am sure of you do an internet search you'll come accross it . as they say reality is stranger than fiction !- wouldn't recommend this for those with weak stomachs....but alas it's sailors whom I address!
In The Heart Of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbrook.
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Bowditch, probably from a used book store. A wealth of info in this one.

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If you can find it (long out of print), Southwest and by West of Cape Cod by Llewellyn Howland is a great read for a New Englander feeling cooped up for the winter.
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If you can find it (long out of print), Southwest and by West of Cape Cod by Llewellyn Howland is a great read for a New Englander feeling cooped up for the winter.
I was not aware of that book.

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Does anyone know of a book about the Japan-Guam Yach Race of 1992 and the "Taka" disaster?


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Most of the books I would recomend have already been listed except

"An Island to Myself" by Tom Neale

Not a sailing book exactly, but the autobiography of a person who voluntarily stranded himself on a deserted island.

I have a hard back copy from an old library that closed down. In the back, just inside the cover, is a hand written message from a cruiser who read the book and decided to find Tom. He visited Tom on his island several times over the course of several years. He said that Tom died some years back. That message made the whole book much more personal to me.
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Southwest and by West of Cape Cod is a WONDERFUL book -- and not just for Cape Codders or just sailors. It's about a boy's growing up on the seashore and in boats under the loving eye of a father figure we'd all adore. I was lucky enough to be asked to write the foreword for the most recent edition, now out of print but available (like most new books) at AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books.

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