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Old 01-05-2012
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A central list of cruising resources

There is a great deal of information on Sailnet for people wanting to do extended cruising but it is very dispersed, hard to find at times, and often the good stuff is lost in the middle of extended discussion. I thought it might prove very useful to have one thread where resources are listed. I will start it off with a couple of posts and hope that others add to it. If it takes off perhaps the moderators could make it a 'sticky'.

Please, if you would like to discuss something mentioned here could you start a new topic so this thread stays as focussed as possible.
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Two critical books to have onboard

If you are only going to have two books onboard (you likely will want more), they should be:

Nigel Calder; Boatowner's Electical and Mechanical Manual
Jimmy Cornell; World Cruising Routes
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Courtesy Flags

If you are crusing to a lot of places and are on a budget (which is to say just about everyone), you are looking for ways to save buck or two.

We have found a great source of courtesy flags to be:

Buy US Flags & Flagpoles at United States Flag Store

They sell 'stick flags' that are 18" by 12" for $2.20 each (cheaper if you get more than one the same). You remove the sticks (my wife won't throw them out since 'we might need them some day') and sew a piece of light line that you pass through the slot. If you want to know why you sew them I will tell you about the Puerto Rico flag at the bottom of the harbor (they don't float well).

They are not as good as the ones from a marine place that typically cost $15 to $25, but will last for a month or two. We will buy extras if we are going to be in a country for more than a month. They don't have every country so you may still need to make or buy a few. We bought a few extra British red ensigns and used them as starters to make flags for countries like Tonga and Cook Islands. Ask your sailmaker for some spinnaker cloth scraps in red, green, blue, yellow, white, and black for making flags.
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