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Favorite sailing books?

Just moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington. I am getting into the position to buy a sailboat and liveaboard. Spend my evenings reading sailing books. Stories, not the instructional stuff at this point. Any great suggestions? Which books inspired you? Cruising is my interest.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Not trying to kill your thread but...

...there's a sticky thread in the "General Discussion" forum section titled "Recommended Reading" (or something similar) that should provide you with years of reading materials.

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My personal favorite is Dove By Robin Lee Graham, some other good ones are maiden voyage, Cruising In Seraffyn or any book by Lin and Larry Pardy, and I am reading a good one now called The Breath Of Angels.
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Try these:

If you want to know all about your new area "Sailing With Vancouver" is excellent reading.
If you enjoyed the movie "Master & Commander, The Far Side of The World" read "Cochrane, The Real Master & Commander", by David Cordingly. It's not fiction and you'll certainly see where O'Brian got his material.

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I have a faily long list. Here are a few. Michael

1 Blown Away, You Can't Blow Home Again, and Advice to the Sealorn - all by Herb Payson
2 Cruising in Seraffyn by Lin and Larry Pardey.
3 Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
4 Cruising in Lealea
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On A Single Wave or Return to the Sea, both by Webb Chiles—three of his books are available as PDFs here.
The Coast of Summer—Anthony Bailey about cruising New England in a Tartan 27
Catboat Summers—John E. Conway, about cruising New England in various Catboats
Cruising At Last: Sailing the East Coast—by Elliott Merrick
North to the Night—Alvah Simon, about sailing and surviving a trip north of the Artic Circle in a steel sailboat.

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"Sailing Grace" - John Otterbacher

She is a big fan of the book.

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If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White
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