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Thanks, Man. A pretty good list, including some I haven't seen before. The Wild-Hickory Nut guy, heh?
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"Did you ever eat a pine tree?"
That's him - I still eat Grape-Nuts, too. His writing is very personable,
like having a favorite uncle telling tales. Only problem is he makes
you want to get doing *right now*...

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Two years before the mast - Henry Dana jr

God forsaken sea

The blue book of sailing

Nat Geo: around the world in 1739 days, actually the whole book Men, ships and the sea
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Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, you are going to be fixing your boat systems, and this will help keep your head in the right place. Much like sailing, we motorcyclists feel that being broken down on the side of the road on a bike trip is still better than a day at work.
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"Building Classic Small Craft" - John Gardner -
Combines 2 books: "Building Classic Small Craft" and "More Building Classic Small Craft", by Mystic Seaport Museum's Associate Curator of Small Craft for 25 years. Includes how-to-do-it articles and lines, offsets and descriptive articles for 47 boats you can build.

"Pete Culler on Wooden Boats" - edited by John Burke -
Combines 2 books by Pete Culler: "Skiffs and Schooners" and "Boats, Oars, and Rowing", plus a collection of articles on a variety of topics relating to boat design, building, use, maintenance and tools by the acknowledged master of wooden-boat building and design. Pete not only designed and built beautiful boats, he wrote about them with passion, humor and deep wisdom. Pete worked his way up from apprentice to master shipwright, built rowboats, steamboats, schooners and a replica of Slocum's Spray.

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Everyone thank you.

I enjoy this as a great resource for books.

I have enjoyed the Reece Palley books/ found Juith Archer so so (If the Boss Calls I'm in a Sails Meeting)

You can find many of the books on half.com I have been making lists and grouping the books from one seller to save on postage (which is often more than the cost of the books)

wondering if Kernix has been updating the list?


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A great read about Great Lakes


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Just finished "Tightwads on the Loose" by Wendy Hinman. Not a very good title, and an awful cover, but the description on Amazon looked interesting, and I was in a buying mood, so....

The story of a newlywed couple who ditch everything and sail around the Pacific for seven years. Ms. Hinman is a very good writer; in fact, I was persuaded to buy the book mostly on the strength of the few "preview" pages I read on Amazon. This book is clearly written by a professional writer, not some just an enthusiast who wants to share her story.

The author does not spare herself some unflattering self-observations; she convincingly portrays some of the problems she and her husband faced: danger, tension, arguments, and some clear descriptions of times they wanted to be away from each other, as well as their differing views on how and when to end their voyage. Greatly outweighing these times are her portrayals of the fascinating people and places she visited. Wendy is cleary an extrovert, and loves socializing (sort of odd that someone like that chooses to spend her life on a small boat with only her husband). Her husband is much more of an introvert and seems to have sometimes stayed on the boat to read and do boat projects while Wendy wandered about. I'm glad Wendy wrote the book and not her husband. This was all done on a shoestring budget (remember the title of the book?) in a 31 foot boat that the husband couldn't even stand up in.

The couple was away for most of the Bush II administrations, and was overseas during 9/11 and its aftermath. They wound up in New Zealand during both the America's Cup (when NZ lost to Switzerland), and parlayed some local contacts into press-level access to the sailors and the teams. They visited (among other places) Mexico, the Marquesas, Vanuatu, the Solomons, Tonga, the Phillipines and finished off with Japan before sailing back to Seattle. At one point, their electronics completely fried due to a bad battery switch and they had no money, so they wound up at a remote Pacific US Army base working as contractors for the government for two years, saving up enough to fix the damage. I mean, these two go hard.

This is a self-published work, so I doubt you will be able to find it at the library; however, I thought it was worth the price of admission.
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Many of the books listed here may be difficult to find while cruising or abiding in a rural area. On the internet, find Abe Books.com and type in the title and author of the book you desire. It will be in the mail within hours to any address you list; general delivery, etc., etc. Many times shipping is free but always reasonable. I am a long time user.

Hope this info is valuable to at least one vessel.
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To The Great Southern Sea by William A. Robinson
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