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Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual

by Nigel Calder
The best book of its type.

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Thank you Brian. Looks like an excellent book. I'm going to pick up a copy.
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I just finished reading this book - it was hilarious!

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This book was mentioned by a few people (abbarr and kernix I recall) and was a great read.

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst.

If you can't find the paperback, there's an excellent documentary currently (10/25/12) available on Netflix called Deep Water (2006) that parallels the book amazingly well. It's loaded with archive video footage, interviews, and pictures. The book has a lot more of Crowhurst's writing, but Deep Water is definitely very well done.

It ends with footage of Crowhurst's trimaran Teignmouth Electron sitting in ruins on Cayman Brac. Even if you've read the book, I'd still recommend watching the documentary.
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I just finished Kretschmer's "Flirting With Mermaids" its excellent. Also "At The Mercy of the Sea" by John Kretschmer is great. He is a great writer and sailor. I recommend his books.

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I've almost finished reading The Boy, Me, and the Cat, by Henry Plummer. He and his son (and their cat, Scotty) took a 24' catboat from Massachusetts to Florida and back, mostly via inland waterways in 1912-1913. Very wry sense of humor - I'm really enjoying it. They run aground even more often than I do.

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Just finished "Blue Water, Green Skipper" by Stuart Woods. This book is a memoir from the prolific author about how he started sailing, and his preparation for and completion of the 1976 OSTAR race from England to Newport, RI. Woods wrote this book before he became a best-selling author (it was originally published in 1977), and has been republished now in time for Xmas. The cover of this new edition is designed so it looks like a "Stuart Woods" book, with same cover format as all of his best-sellers (the author's name in large print above the title, etc.).

I found this book to be very enjoyable and different from many of the "I did it and so can you" sailing books. First, Stuart Woods is a much better writer than most of the sailors out there who have penned similar books. He may not have been the best-selling author he was to become when he wrote this book, but even as a "beginner" author, he is a fair-sight better than most. Second, the book is set mostly in Ireland, where he first really learned to sail and to prepare for the OSTAR. Ireland in the mid-1970's was clearly not the USA; small towns, few telephones, quirky people. Just a totally different point of view. Third, I found the discussions of navigation and boat technology fascinating. For example, while not wealthy, Stuart clearly had money to spend on his boat and in prepping for the OSTAR. And yet, there was never any discussion, none at all, about installing GPS (which I don't think existed yet) or its predecessor SATNAV aboard. Lots about sextants and gadgets that would take data from your log (the kind that kept track of your speed and distance run) and cross check that with your heading to tell you how far off course you were, but nothing about the navigation aids we so dearly rely on these days. And the roller furling! Stuart invests in a unit that keeps breaking and wrapping up his headsails around the stay. Interestingly, Ron Holland designed Stuart's boat for the OSTAR. Yes, that Ron Holland, now one of the foremost designers of luxury sailboats in the world was working in Ireland in the mid'70's and just getting started. Lots of talk about designs that were under or influenced by the long-gone and hardly missed IOR, and its easy to see why from the problems suffered by Stuart.

All in all a very enjoyable read. Its a period piece for sure, but there are still lessons to be learned about dedication, preparation and attitiude from this book.
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"The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors"
Anybody who likes US Naval History will enjoy this book. The setting is the Philippines and the return of MacArthur during WWII. The US Third and Seventh Fleets are guarding his backside. The Japanese Imperial Navy throws what is left of its major vessel into the scene.
Distracted by a feint, Halsey and the Main body of the 3rd fleet head North, leaving the small Destroyers, Destroyer Escorts, and Aircraft of Taffy 3 to fend off the Main Attacking Center Force of the Imperial Navy. The first goal is to defend the important Escort Carriers, if not checked, the Japanese will have access to MacArthur and his supplies and troops on the beach heads.
The three Destroyers and four Destroyer Escorts of Taffy 3 face a powerful force; greatly outnumbered, out manned and out gunned. The Imperial Navy has left in the Battle of Samar; 3 Battle Ships including the largest ever built, the Yamato along with several Heavy Cruisers, Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts.
It is a horrific battle with many lost souls.
The battle off Samar is known as the last great ship to ship surface combat and it makes for a very intriguing reading.

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Sailingdog's list is excellent, most especially for singlehanders. It could be that
"Self-Steering for Sailing Craft," by John S. Letcher, Jr. would be a valuable addition to same.

On to something completely different - "The Breaking In of a Yachtsman's Wife," by Mary Heaton Vorse is a beautifully written journal of a young fiance, then wife of a yachtsman, written in 1908. Nothing technical, but in her gentle and humorous way describes the sailing scene in America and Europe.

A very good bookseller address is: I use them frequently for all book genres and have never been disappointed. My last name is not Abe and have no interest in that organization.

Here's to an early Season . . .
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Yes sir, The Boy, Me and the Cat is THE book describing the ICW before it existed - heck, I run aground even with all the billboards, day-marks and what-nots. Mr. Plummer was active in human rights as well.

My copy doesn't leave the house . . .

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