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I love reading travel books and after picking up Bumfuzzle from a reco in the Breaking Seas thread I want more! Can anyone suggest some circumnavigation books? Preferably recent

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Re: Circumnavigation book suggestions

500 Days Around the World in a 12 ft. Yacht by Serge Testa (Trident Press), 206 pp., is an account of an Australian that built an aluminum boat of his own design.

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Re: Circumnavigation book suggestions

Joshua Slocum "Sailing around the world alone"
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum - Free Ebook

A true classic of sailing literature.
I like a hard copy version but the above link is free to read online.

Another "fave" of mine:
Amazon.com: The Boy, Me, and the Cat (9781589762268): Henry Plummer: Books Amazon.com: The Boy, Me, and the Cat (9781589762268): Henry Plummer: Books


Not a circumnavigation but up & down the US east coast circa 1912.

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Shrimpy by Shane Acton.
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Not a book, a blog. This couple started off with their life savings and very little sailing experience, bought a fancy catamaran and cruised the world. Got me through a lot of slow nights at work and helped feed my boat fever when I was landlocked in GeorBama.
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I'm not sure I would technically call it a circumnavigation as they did not complete a great circle route, but to say anymore would be even more of a spoiler than I have already committed. Check it out, they post some really cool photos and the author is a funny chap.
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"Around the World on Viski" by Don Shore is a hard book to put down, as is " No Fixed Address " By Clive Hammil. Altho older , "The Long Way " and "Cape Horn, the Logical Route" by Bernard Moitessier are also hard books to put down

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Alone Through the Roaring Forties by Vito Dumas.....great story about sailing in the days before electronic gizmonometry.

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Alone Through the Roaring Forties by Vito Dumas.....great story about sailing in the days before electronic gizmonometry.
yup, that's a good one...

In a similar vein, TREKKA ROUND THE WORLD, by John Guzzwell...
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Re: Circumnavigation book suggestions

I was not going to post on your thread because you asked for modern stories, so please disregard this if it's not of interest to you.
"Deep Water and Shoal", by Robinson is a great tale of sailing adventures in the 20's and 30's.
Any of Bernard Moitessier's books, but "The Long Way" and "The First Voyage of the Joshua" are two of his best. He is the only writer I have found who primarily writes about the sailing time, not the places he goes. This is a guy who, so far in front of his competitors that he was the certain winner, decided he'd rather go to Tahiti than gain fame and fortune winning the "single handed round the world race" so he turned around and sailed half again around the world to Tahiti, non-stop!
But as I said, they are old books written by folks long dead and not what you requested at all.

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My all time favorite sailing book, thus far, is "Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor" by Paul Lutus.
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