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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

I went from "Start Sailing Right" to books on race tactics and tuning. I think other commentors who say that any book will do are probably right.
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

seem all the ASA instructors I talk to use Jobson Sailing Fundamentals
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

I work with an Aussie who is an engineer, sailed/raced for years as a youth, and owns a 40+ wishbone rigged Ketch. He is more of a sailor than I can imagine, and he recommended C A Marchaj's Sailing Theory and Practice. I'm not a moron, but I struggled with the content.

I got more from Frank Bethwaite's High Performance Sailing, as there's a great explanation of surface winds, very important for lake sailing.

Both books have more information than you need as a beginner, but are great reference material for deeper study of areas you need or want more knowledge.
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

I'll second/third Donna's suggestion of Sailing for Dummies. I really like the For Dummies books in general, and at one is well done. If you want something SLIGHTLY more advanced, try
The Complete Sailor, Second Edition: David Seidman: 9780071749572: Amazon.com: Books The Complete Sailor, Second Edition: David Seidman: 9780071749572: Amazon.com: Books


. I have the first edition (the link is to the 2nd edition). Every word of every page is informative, and there are LOTS of pictures to help you understand some of the topics.

Then there's the Annapolis Book of Seamanship. That's sort of the "Bible".
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

The Complete Sailor (what jimgo recommended) is what we use for the sailing classes at the Center for Wooden Boats. It's a great book, easy to read and full of good diagrams. I kept a copy aboard for the first year of sailing, and a copy at home to browse when I got back from a trip.
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

sailing for dummies

ROYCE"S i used to sell my boats with a copy included, until i couldnt find them anymore... excellent book
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

Back in the late 70's, my favorite book was Hand, Reef, and Steer. If you're interested in reading a couple of books you can probably find the old "Hand, Reef, and Steer" for a buck or two....

Apparently there's a more recent book by the same name, and by a different author, which I'm not familiar with.
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

I second the post favoring The Annapolis School of Seamanship book.

Keep in mind, I'm not a seasoned sailor. The little I know comes from that book, youtube, and here. I particularly liked it because it takes nothing for granted. In the first few chapters, when it talks about the luff, the freeboard, or whatever.. it spells out what that is.

Other books I tried were nearly incomprehensible to the novice. A badly labeled "parts of a sailboat" illustration and then straight into the finer points of sail trim, referencing controls and techniques never explained or properly illustrated.

I did not buy sailing for dummies (probably should have!) or the basics of sailing, so I can't speak to them.
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

+1 for The Complete Sailor
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Re: What is the best beginner sailing book ?

My wife and I took a class. What really helped us was they got us out on the water in the afternoon so what we learned in the classroom that morning clicked.

There's a lot of new language to learn with sailing. It helps a lot to get your boat out on a nice day with a light breeze and feel how she responds to what you do.

When you feel it, it all kind of clicks. If you go back and re-read sections after a sail it will all make sense.

Plus it's fun being out on the water
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