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Beth Leonard's "Voyager's Handbook" is excellent if you are contemplating going offshore for extended periods.
Beth's book has a TON of valuable information even for the casual, coastal sailor. There are a lot of good tips and techniques on things such as anchoring, mooring, docking, repairs, etc.

Highly recommend this as a sort of "encyclopedia of sailboat ownership".


And as long as I'm bringing up repair and upkeep, I might as well give a plug for Don Casey's "This Old Boat", which just recently had a second edition released.

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I'm currently looking through Calders Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual. It's a fantastic book for sure! I can't wait for the next books to arrive! My wife put the kabosh on ordering anymore for awhile. I've got plenty to keep me busy though...

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Actually, Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual is one that you should own.

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Don Casey's book is great!!!


I also picked up : Amazon.com: The Practical Pilot: Coastal Navigation by Eye, Intuition, and Common Sense (9780877429692): Leonard A. Eyges: Books

Got these at half price books the other day as well: Amazon.com: Maximum Sail Power: The Complete Guide to Sails, Sail Technology, and Performance (9780972202602): Brian Hancock, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson: Books

Amazon.com: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework: Over 200 Tying Techniques with Step-by-Step Photographs (9781844768912): Geoffrey Budworth: Books

The sail power book is great for theory of sailing and really explains too much for me to take in at this time...

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I enjoyed Susanne Geisman's - Living a Dream

This is NOT a how-to book. It is more of a what-we-did, and why-we did it book. I could relate to her burnout from constant business travel, and the peace that she and her husband found while cruising. She has a good 9-11 story, and so do I (I suspect that most of us do).


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Anything written by Hal Roth...

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but...but....but....I just this week got a Kindle...
Yeah, but they're at a disadvantage on a boat for reference materials... if they get wet, they're tough to read....

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I'm still picking up more books. Just read Sea Change, what a great story! I'm also starting to study celestial navigation. Seems complicated for sure, using a sextant is pretty straightforward though. It's basically a wild looking protractor... Here's some new purchases:

Amazon.com: 2010 Nautical Almanac (9780939837854): United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Nautical Almanac Office of the U.S. Naval Observatory: Books

Amazon.com: The American Practical Navigator: "Bowditch" (9780939837540): Nathaniel Bowditch: Books

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