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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Re: Books on the sailboat - a good idea?
At last count we had nearly 100 books aboard between the bookshelves in our aft quarter-cabin, the salon and the master cabin plus a ton of reference books, cruising guides, navigation tables (HO229) etc. at the navigation table and we've had no problems. We prefer real books as once we've gone through them, we can trade them and many clubs and cruising destinations have book-exchange libraries as well. FWIW we have a bunch of silica-gel desiccant packs and keep a few behind the books on each shelf. When they turn pink, we dry them in a warm oven (150º) for an hour or so and restore their usefulness and so have never had a problem. For longer term storage, stick them in gallon zip-locks with a desiccant pack and they'll last almost forever. There may be something to be said for "electronic" books but I haven't figured out what it is and they are worthless when the power goes down or if one needs an emergency supply of toilet paper.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."