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Royce's Sailing Illustrated

My inlaws gave me Royce's Sailing Illustrated for christmas. I usually love sailing books, but I haven't taken to this one yet. Most reviews at Amazon are positive. My first gripe is I haven't found the table of contents. Is it supossed to read like a magazine where there is no order to the information? It looks like a good bathroom reader for flipping around, but I usually even read magazines cover to cover and this one isn't working that way. Am I missing something?

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I haven't seen the most recent editions, but the old books had a catalogue-style index on the back cover with the page edges blacked out at the appropriate areas.

This is a good basic starting primer on sailing, but I'm not sure how current the newest editions are - it was great for us 25+years ago!
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Thanks. I found the dozen or so tabs on the back cover now. That helps a little. I don't think they used a computer to mark it up as a complete book. I found many hand drawn bullet points, lines inked with a ruler edge, and different body text fonts used throughout. It looks like every page was designed and printed individually and then they sent the shoebox of pages to be scanned in by the publisher. The tabs unfortunately don’t line up with the back cover. Not even close in most cases. I guess I’m just too critical being a computer geek in 2006.

I should just read rather than judge the book and go sailing.
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I own one of the more recent editions, and it's fun to page through. I think it was added to over time, as the author encountered and drew more boats. The sequence is somewhat chaotic, but fun nevertheless.

When we were checking out a Columbia 24 for sale, it was fun because the Royce author had one and described it well-- it was (is) named Pink Cloud.

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