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Amazon Gift Card-What to buy?

I just received at $100 Gift Card to Amazon.

I am a completely new sailor, taking ASA 101 in a few weeks. Planning on buying my first sailboat before next spring.

Already have:
Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Sensible Cruising
Sailing Fundamentals
A New Subscription to:Good Old Boat

So, help me spend my card. What magazines or books would you suggest I buy with my new gift card?
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The Voyager's Handbook, by Beth Leonard

http://www.amazon.ca/Voyagers-Handbo...5042218&sr=8-1

or Nigel Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual
http://www.amazon.ca/Boatowners-Mech...5042253&sr=1-3

The first one covers so many practical, financial and emotional aspects of cruising, I can advocate reading it as a real guide to deciding if you ever want to cruise.

The second one is for if you decide to cruise, or even own a sailboat, because it will tell you how to diagnose and repair most of the stuff onboard, which you will do a great deal of, if Ms. Leonard convinces you to cruise.

You can buy me a beer with your change from $100!
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You can buy me a beer with your change from $100!



They sell beer at Amazons??
Well, heck I'll just skip the books and order a few cases of beer!!
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I suggest you wait 1 + a few weeks...

In other words, hang on to it until after the lesson and you come away thinking "I wish I knew more about _____" (I have been married 17 years and my answer would still be women, but that's just me)
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arbarnhart's suggestion is a good one, IMO. That being said: There've been several books recommended to me and others, pretty consistently, and, for $100 at Amazon, you can probably get all of 'em. Or damn close.

Complete Sailor, David Seidman - About all things sailing
Boater's Bowditch, Richard K. Hubbard - Navigation
Sail and Rig Tuning, Ivar Dedekam - Just what it says
Voyager's Handbook, Beth Leonard - Cruising
Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling, Elbert S. Maloney, Charles Frederic Chapman - Just what the title says

I'm current reading Boater's Bowditch. After that I'll be getting back to Complete Sailor.

After that: My next Amazon order will be for the at least two of the last three, if not all three.

Jim
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Damn... SEMIJim posted most of the books I was going to recommend.

I'd add Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual.
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Sailingdog, SEMI, I don't know if you guys realize it, but Harry Potter is the only book amazon sells. SD, I'm a little disappointed that you didn't know this. Makes me see your opinions in a whole new light...
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Silly porcine... That was just for today... tomorrow, they'll have no more Harry Potter books, and they'll have the sailing books back on the shelves...
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This is proposterous! How can you say such a thing? Yuk, yuk... I like your new sign off. It's beautiful... Hope you're well...
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I made the mistake of stopping at the Barnes & Noble last night to have a coffee and some sweets and do a little free reading. When I pulled up I noticed several of the local TV stations parked outside. Should have been tipped off that something was up. BUT NO... I go on in. It was a freakin madhouse in there. This was where the Raleigh Harry Potter Party was. There must have been 500 kids and adults dressed up in Harry Potter outfits. The were literally running around looking for clues or something on the bookshelves. Some lady got knocked flat on her back by a couple kids that rounded a corner and slammed into her. The tv camera's caught it and I could see the excitement on their faces just thinking about putting THAT on the 11 o'clock news.

Never understood the whole Harry Potter thing myself
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