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CarbonSink62 04-24-2013 09:49 AM

Just Bought Nigel Calder's Cruising Book
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors

(The above is a link, but it will only work for the brave and true of heart.)

Great book; I'm only on page 60 something and I feel like I've doubled my knowledge of boat design and construction.

No longer will the number and location of cup holders be the main criteria for cockpit qualification; the scales have fallen from my eyes! ;)

The Bristol 29.9 is still at the top of my list, but the beamier production boats are off of it. It is not inconceivable that a more slender boat could kick the 29.9 off the top (maybe one that is more slender and younger :laugher )

I also might go 32-34 feet, apparently there is no substitute for LWL on a cruising boat.

I got my copy used from Amazon for $18.96 delivered; I recommend it for every cruiser's library.


copacabana 04-24-2013 11:00 AM

Re: Just Bought Nigel Calder's Cruising Book
Very good book indeed. Beth Leonard has a cruising handbook as well which I found much more comprehensive and complete. Both are essential reading, especially before you buy your boat for cruising.

Barquito 04-28-2013 08:49 PM

Re: Just Bought Nigel Calder's Cruising Book
I read both Beth Leonard and Nigel Calder's books mostly cover-to-cover. Great information in both. They cover some of the same stuff, but each has it's own focus. I think I would want a relatively simple cruising boat. Nigel Calder tends to make it seem that you need to have everything to the n'th degree. Taking all his advice would make for a pretty expensive boat (but very comfortable, functional, and safe).

RonRelyea 04-29-2013 11:36 AM

Re: Just Bought Nigel Calder's Cruising Book
Calder's book on Amazon is copyright dated 2001 .... is that the latest edition?

electronics have chnaged quite a bit in the last 12 years .... doe much of the book deal with electronics??

CarbonSink62 04-29-2013 11:43 AM

Re: Just Bought Nigel Calder's Cruising Book
I believe my copy is 2001 - it does have a section on GPS & chartplotters (IIRC) but does not go into great depth.

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