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"A Sail of Two Idiots," by Renee D. Petrillo

What a great book. I am only a 1/10 of the way through, but I am enjoying all aspects of the book.

Ms. Petrillo and her husband (Michael) bought a Catamaran, but I don't think it is only valuable to potential multihull owners. In fact: I have never thought of a) owning a Cat; b) owning a boat over 23 ft; c) offshore cruising; or d) all of the above.

Another thing she writes about is the psychology. Things like, others are doing it (sailor in bad weather) why shouldn't I? Why didn't we cut our losses when we realized the engine wouldn't take us to the pull out?

This might be one of the best 'how to' book I have ever read.

Really enjoying:

What we did wrong / how to not do that.

What broke on this trip (do you have spares).

People you trust (other sailors) / people you don't (brokers, former owners...people trying to sell you a boat).

Dividing up the work, who is the captain?

The humor (I didn't think tech writers had it them).
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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.
I am about 90 pages into this book and it is great fun. I like 'travel' books when it comes to adventure. Blue Latitudes reminds me of "A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson

Complete with a Stephen Katz type sidekick
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I am about 90 pages into this book and it is great fun. I like 'travel' books when it comes to adventure. Blue Latitudes reminds me of "A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson

Complete with a Stephen Katz type sidekick
I bought Blue Latitudes at my town library's annual book sale. Picked it up for $.50. A pleasure from start to finish. Not really a sailing book, but the author and his debauched sidekick do visit several places that are the life-goal of many cruisers. Lots of interesting observations and insights from far away places in the south Pacific.
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I bought Blue Latitudes at my town library's annual book sale. Picked it up for $.50. A pleasure from start to finish. Not really a sailing book, but the author and his debauched sidekick do visit several places that are the life-goal of many cruisers. Lots of interesting observations and insights from far away places in the south Pacific.
I think I paid 75˘ but 3.99 for postage from half.com...

You are right... though I would say: a) they follow the trail of Captain Cook --- who sailed his way through the Pacific; and b) there is some sailing-- Roger and Tony Horwitz (on page 90ish) are sailing through reefs to Bora Bora... I won't bore bore you with the details ;-)
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Just got back from doing my laundry...

I didn't even think of this as a book, but it is... it's a little trivia guide


Sailing Pocket Companion, Miles Kendall

It's a great little book to have in your pocket (ironically) glove box...etc. So when you are waiting for someone who is late you can read a few items..
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Around the World with the Great Voyagers: published and manufactured by The Columbian Syndicate in Philadelphia, 1892.

The Junks & Sampans of the Yangtze by G.R.G Worcester. Anyone into yulohs will enjoy this one. Anyone would enjoy it for its study of chinese maritime history and full of chinese methods of how they dealt with seamanship.

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I realize that this is stupid but I was watching an episode of Frasier and the Chapman book was mentioned on several occassions and the book was shown in a few shots.

Staying on topic, I've just finished reading Tristan Jones' One Hand for... and really enjoyed it. It's a bit dated but most of the info is very current. Highly recommended.
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I've just finished reading Tristan Jones' One Hand for... and really enjoyed it. It's a bit dated but most of the info is very current. Highly recommended.
Tristan Jones books are a good read but don't believe it all, he exaggerated a bit.
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Tristan Jones books are a good read but don't believe it all, he exaggerated a bit.
I just read a boat about his boat Sea Dart: "Sailing Among the Stars," by Laurel Wagner. The author talks a lot about how he exaggerates...

I haven't read anything by him yet, but I am guessing the tall tales don't hurt the telling of the stories.
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Correct, the tall tales make the books better I think, as long as they are not thought of as totally non fiction.
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