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"American Practical Navigator" by Nathanial Bowditch
Not real exciting but a wealth of information. Less than $10 at used book stores.
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This is a more specific list of books:
Do I have every book?
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What I've found having dozens of boat books and having given as many away is that I learn something different from each one even if they go over the same territory. Any here are some of the references I go back to often, not to read but to look up stuff. Many are out of print.

Technical
Nigel Calder's books- Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical M<annual and his Cruising Handbook. They’re Comprehensive and up to date
Don Moyers book on the Atomic 4- Get it from his website. Indispensible for if you have one of these engines.
Chilton Mechanics Handbook Volume 2 (out of print) A handy reference to have for basic techniques on engine rebuilding especially for Atomic 4 rebuilds.
The Warm Dry Boat by McAfee is hand if you’re redoing a ventilation system. Good thumb rules etc.
The Riggers Apprentice by Toss Overkill but nothing you can’t find there
Boatowner’s Illustrated Handbook of Wiring by Wing Great overall coverage with ABYC standards
The Complete Book of Anchoring and Miooring by Hinz Dated but the only complete reference out there.
Fiberglass Boat and Repair & Maintenance book 002-550 from the WEST System. Available on-line as well. The reference for fiberglass boat work
The Propeller Handbook by Gerr Too much detail for most but the most complete reference on boat power and propeller calculations
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Checklists
Inspecting the aging sailboat by Casey
Safety Preparations for Cruising by Hood
Ready for Sea by Mosenthal Dated but a book of handy checklists
U.S. Edition of ISAF Special regulations governing Offshore and Oceanic Eqiupment and Preparation
The On-board Emergency Handbook by Meisel A handy book especially for newbies. Only one like it I know of.
Short Handed Sailing by Buchanan Handy reference for couples who sail

Weather
Weather for the Mariner Kotsdch
Weather predicting simplifies Carr
Classic reads
Two Years Before the Mast by Dana also a must read for Californians
American Small sailing Craft by Chapelle
Fatal Storm by Mundel An account of the Sydney Hobart race. Unbelievable read before planning a long ocean voyage.
Offshore by Illingsworth Cruising manual in the 50’s for nostalgics
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I have created a thread that has compiled all the recommended books in this thread. I tried to categorize it as best I can. You can find the lists here: Recommended Book Lists
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American Practical Navigator-Google it and there is a totally free PDF version available;
Heavy Weather Sailing-just got an origional unused edition !968 from Alibris-paired down to the hard truths as relates to experience as early as 1920s without modern technology and help.
Anchoring-Earl Hinz

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Here is the address to the personal web site of Webb Chiles--www.inthepresentsea.com/the_actual_site/webbchiles.html

I came across it a while ago and it has some of his books online. I found them quite readable. To some it might appear the guy has a death wish, to others he appears to have a to live wish. I have not made up my mind yet.

Bowditch can be found online here--www.irbs.com/bowditch/
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How about book "Sailing for Dummies". I could use one.
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I've put together a list of sailing books on board at Sailing Books
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Thank you. I will look into. I did bookmark the page.
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Various classic sailing journals are I believe worth reading.
Slocum-his single handed voyage around the world-no engine-only a pair of oars.
William Dampier-Voyage around the World(1680s)-How to make chocolate-capture a Spanish ship full of ground cocoa;raid a Spanish Sugar plantation taking the refined sugar and the big caste iron cooking kettles;land somewhere remote and make chocolate-seriously!
Captain John Smith-An Accidence or Pathway to experience-necessary for all young seamen...1626
Cooks Voyages of Discovery-there is one amusing episode where the ships Doctor who wrote the journal spends several pages describing symptoms amongst the natives that are just like those of Syphilis-but how could this be as ships crews would never fratenise with the natives!!
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