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Hi All,

My wife and I are both dreaming of the cruising lifestyle later on in life. We are both complete newbies and have 15 to 20 years to make it all the way from where we are now, to seasoned sailors ready to take on a big ocean. I have been devouring books and have learned a fair bit, however, these books have generally been the kind about the technicalities of sailing, navigation and how to select and prepare a bluewater vessel (Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook has been on my bedside table for a while now).

My wife has started enquiring about what she can read. As much as I enjoy learning about the nitty gritty of owning and maintaining a boat, I am sure she would far prefer something formatted more like a novel. I believe she would prefer to start with something about someone else's adventures at sea and the cruising lifestyle before getting down into the more technical stuff.

Can anyone recommend some good books she might enjoy?

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Try Tania Abei's "Maiden Voyage" or Ann Vanderhoof (sp?) "An Embarassment of Mangoes." And congrats on planning to live the dream (it's worth it! Took us almost 10 years from first exposure to living aboard with no permanent address )
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I'm currently reading Lin and Larry Pardey's Capable Cruiser, it is not a novel, but it definitely has many short stories and anecdotes, some of them if not most, written by Lin, your wife might like to read these things coming from the woman's point of view.

I haven't finished the book but I would totally recommend it. I've learned a whole lot just on the first half...

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Try Tania Abei's "Maiden Voyage" or Ann Vanderhoof (sp?) "An Embarassment of Mangoes." And congrats on planning to live the dream (it's worth it! Took us almost 10 years from first exposure to living aboard with no permanent address )
Thanks guys. Just ordered "An Embarassment of Mangoes" from Amazon.

Eryka, just read your blog... Looks amazing. Tell me, what are your long term plans with the cruising life? Are you and your husband setup to be able to do this indefinitely or do you expect to have to re-integrate into "normal" life at one point or another?
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Eryka, just read your blog... Looks amazing. Tell me, what are your long term plans with the cruising life? Are you and your husband setup to be able to do this indefinitely or do you expect to have to re-integrate into "normal" life at one point or another?
Pwillems, thanx for reading! As for our long-term plans: financially, we're set up to go indefinitely - that's what the 10 years to get ready was all about. Psychologically, we planned for this first cruise to go away for the winter and come back to annapolis in the spring. We're both newly retired and new to fulltime cruising and we didn't want to lock ourselves into anything until we knew how the trip would change us, what we'd want in the future (and I still don't know!) but the longer I'm away from owning a house, the more I know I don't need/want one again any time soon.
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Ther is a great organization called WOMEN ABOARD that is wonderful to help women get intosailing. I,m sure the must have a web site that might help your wife.
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"The motion of the Ocean" by Janna Cawrse Essary(sp?) is a great read!

"A shimmer on the horizon" by Phillip Teece is a gem of a story about small boat cruising in the Pacific Northwest.

And I am sure you will hear about many more!

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I would throw in "Sailing Grace" by John Ottenbacher.
It is a great read filled more with life's lessons and dealing with health issues as well as sailing.
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Here's a thread I started that may have some other titles to help...

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