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Hi there,
I have just started reading 'All in the Same Boat" by Fiona McCall and Paul Howard. I'm not a great reader, but this book is hard to put down. Family from Toronto who sailed thru the St. Lawrence River, crossing the Atlantic and continued sailing the world. The second book is called "Still in the Same Boat". Not sure where it can be purchased, but it was available from our local Library.
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The story of Howard Blackburn is told in Joseph E. Garland’s “Lone Voyager” His desperate mid-winter 1883 rowing of a small fishing dory from the Burgeo Bank fishing grounds to refuge on the south coast of Newfoundland. Blackburn and his dorymate Thomas Welch had become separated from the Gloucester fishing schooner Grace L. Fears during a sudden squall and found themselves nearly sixty miles from the nearest land. Over the course of the ensuing five-day ordeal, Welch would give up and succumb to a merciful death, whereas Blackburn would allow his bare hands to freeze to the shape of the oars, and row until he reached land.

Though Blackburn survived he ultimately suffered the loss of most of his fingers and toes due to frostbite. In spite of his handicap, he later went on to twice sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean, earning himself the title “The Fingerless Navigator”.

"The Hard Way Around" The Passages of Joshua Slocum by Geoffrey Wolff.

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Modern Marine Weather- David Burch
Marine SSB Operation- J.Michael Gale
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Do you want fiction also? I became addicted to the O'Brian (sp.?)Aubrey/Maturin series. Much better than the movie. Meticulously researched and the chacracters are extremely well-developed.
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Surely someone must have mentioned Chapman by now, but I didn't see it in the first 7 pages of posts. It's among the few books that may sell for more $ used than new on Amazon.

Also William F. Buckley Jr. wrote a book: Celestial Navigation Simplified. He teaches how to use the methods used by airmen before GPS existed.
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Just finished A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead. Not about sailing, but about fighting for freedom, which of course gives us all the freedom to sail A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
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Here is a remarkable collection of writings by a remarkable personal friend. E-books count right? Collections of stories and articles? Check this out. I think you will find many interesting and useful bits here.

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"Sea of Glory" by Nathaniel Philbrick. About the American Exploring Expedition in the 1840 to survey islands in the Pacific. Maybe already suggested but I just finished this book and it was good.
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Has anyone mentioned "Blue Latitudes" by Tony Horwitz? Its kind of a travelogue of following in the footsteps of Cooks sailing in the Pacific. Its pretty good...I am ready his latest "A Voyage Long and Strange" now and it is good as well.
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"The Marlinspike Sailor" - Hervey Garrett Smith - make your own gear, plus the best knot & line illustrations ever.
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"The Complete Rigger's Apprentice", "Knots for Boaters" (also available as a Chapman's Nautical Guide - "Knots") - Brion Toss - a modern Ashley.
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"The Beachcomber's Handbook" - Euell Gibbons - builds a dory & an outrigger canoe, fishes & forages Hawai'i for 3 years. His "Stalking the..." books: Blue-eyed Scallop, Wild Asparagus, & Healthful Herbs, won't help you get there but they'll help you eat well once you arrive.
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"The Commodore's Story" - Ralph Munroe & Vince Gilpin - Munroe comes to Biscayne Bay, Florida in the 1870s, takes photos, builds boats, sails Florida & the Bahamas, salvages wrecks; his article about his 'Presto' round-bilged sharpie included as an appendix. Buy it new *here* for $19.95. I've seen some outrageous prices for used copies online - save your money for a refreshing beverage to sip while you read.
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'Practical Boating: Inland and Offshore, Power and Sail',
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'Practical Navigation',
both by W.S. Kals

"Reading won't make you an able seaman, able to cope with all that the sea, weather, and failure of
gear may throw at you. But reading about seamanship is buying experience without getting wet."

Written with style & humor with the idea of instilling a mindset geared toward awareness, preparedness and improvization. Out of print, but found in used-book stores & online at Alibris or Amazon - definitely worth hunting down. Author single-handed from Nova Scotia to South Florida, the Bahamas and down island in a 30-foot schooner.
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Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach

From a review:
"If wisdom can be defined as common sense that has withstood the test of time, then 'Sensible Cruising' is a wise book.

It explains:

Why a sensible cruise is affordable to almost anyone.
Why the boat of choice for most cruisers is under 35 feet.
Why lowering the cost doesn't devalue the cruise.
How simplicity minimizes insulation from the experience.
How to think in terms of how little, not how much, is really required.

Drawing heavily on the philosophy of the sage of Walden Pond, this book is a gentle guide to the art of commonsense cruising which, in hardcover, was one of the 10 best-selling sailing books of all time. Now available for the first time in paperback, Sensible Cruising, a former main selection of the Dolphin Book Club, is more pertinent than ever during this time of economic retrenchment."

From the book:
"Few cruisers go sailing without a budget, often a very restrictive one. Mr. Thoreau often speaks of that situation, but it is not just his monetary thrift that is valuable to us. He is also thrifty with time, committed to getting the most out of his life today rather than waiting for some vague tomorrow. And there is his thrift with the written word. He packs a great deal of thought into a very few words. No writer in the English language has ever excelled him in this art.

His commitment to thrift makes him an authority on "sensible cruising". As you will see as you read this book, Thoreau in a very real sense tells us if cruising is what we want, then it is what we should be doing. Take the boat you already have and go. If you do not have a boat, then buy one you can afford and go."
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"A Mariner's Miscellany" - Pete Specter - nautical history, lore, tidbits & trivia; his 'Mariner's Book of Days' writ large.
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"Small Boats on Green Waters" - Brian Anderson - excerpts from a who's-who of nautical writers, classic & modern.
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"The Wind in the Willows" - Kenneth Grahame - the source of "...there is *nothing* - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." --'nuff said.
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