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The Complete Sailor by David Seidman is an excellent book. I, too, like the Sailing for Dummies book and Chapmans is the ultimate bible.
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"Annapolis and Chapman's are good and cover everything, but without a doubt "Sailing for Dummies"is the best for beginners. Also the ASA has one called "Sailing Made Easy".
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I would've said almost 10 years ago (when this thread started!) that any "pretty good" sailing book will work, "best" is nice but somewhat subjective, don't worry if you have the "right" book as long as it explains the basics.

Just read it, then go out and sail lots, on lots of boats, in lots of places, in lots of differing conditions. Then you'll know how to sail. It really won't matter which book you used.

Books only take you so far.
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If you own an older boat,than I suggest 'This Old Boat' by Don Casey, subtitled 'How to take a run down fibreglass boat and turn it into a first class Yacht'.
I learned more about how to sail a boat from a little old book called 'Sail it Flat' than any other guide. It was written by a world champion Sunfish sailor and its simplicity made it very understandable.
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actually i wasn't the one looking for a book. someone identified as pages7ven was and i replied to their inquiry, but thanks for responding. always reassuring to know that people
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