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LandLocked66c 01-19-2010 03:46 PM

Must Read Books?
Hey guys, i've noticed in alot of threads where the Old Salts recommend books to read. I've been expanding my noob library and blowing up Amazon ordering books!!! Can you guys give me a list of must reads? My future sailing ambitions include the Great Lakes, Florida Keys, and the Bahamas. Any really good liveaboard books out there?

To this point i've got:
-Self-Sufficient Sailor
-Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere
-Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems
-The 12-Volt Bible for Boats

I performed a search, it's not very helpful - i'll say that... :cool:


mstern 01-19-2010 03:52 PM

This may be more than you want to know:

LandLocked66c 01-19-2010 04:04 PM

That's great!

Thanks mstern

kwaltersmi 01-19-2010 04:15 PM

Definately check the stickied thread that mstern pointed out above, but the following should also be mandatory reading for Great Lakes sailors:

The Living Great Lakes: Seaching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis.

MikeinLA 01-19-2010 07:06 PM

As good reads, I enjoyed "Sensible Cruising - A Thoreau Approach" and "Thar Be No Dragons".


mstern 01-20-2010 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by MikeinLA (Post 561667)
As good reads, I enjoyed "Sensible Cruising - A Thoreau Approach" and "Thar Be No Dragons".


I just finished Sensible Cruising last night! It is the only "how to" cruise book I have ever read that was just plain enjoyable. I think it is out of print, but I found it used on Amazon for like $3.

Valiente 01-20-2010 02:51 PM

Beth Leonard's "Voyager's Handbook" is excellent if you are contemplating going offshore for extended periods.


It's extremely comprehensive in terms of costs, planning and "what works, what doesn't".

Kenif 01-20-2010 03:17 PM

Another confirmation on beth leonards' voyager book.

Particularly interesting for people who are just thinking asbout getting inton cruising.


LandLocked66c 01-20-2010 03:19 PM

Thanks, i'm going to be ordering all of them.... Keep em coming guys!

Cruisingdad 01-20-2010 03:21 PM

For those with kiddo's on board, Tom Neale's 'All in the Same Boat'

Annapolis Book of Seamanship is awesome for sailors

Amanda Neals cookbook (it is pink... I forgot the freaking name!!... you will find it under her name).

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