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What is your opinion on the best sailing book for beginners that covers all areas, or at least most. For example, not only actual sailing but navigation, safety, weather, etc.
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Get the "Annapolis Book of Seamanship", 3rd ed. By John Rousmaniere. It covers the full spectrum of sailing and seamanship and is very readable.

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Sailing for Dummies was the most helpful to me... it doesnt get terribly technical, but explains the basics well enough that the more technical books made much more sense.
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US Sailing (www.USSailing.org) has good materials on navigation, piloting, weather and safety. They are up-to date, straightforward and well done.
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What''''s the best book on sailing for beginners

Steve Colgate''s wife''s (Sorry I can''t recall her name) book which is called ''Sailing for Women'' or something like that seems to be one of the best learning to sail books out there at the moment. Steve Colgate''s book on the subject is quite good as well. So is Gary Jobson''s book on learning to sail.

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Poor Doris Colgate is so soon forgotten

My wife thought her book was fabulous for understanding the basics. I also agree that the "Annapolis Book of Seamanship" is great.

I''m really only a newbie in many respects, but I have to say that of the dozen books I have on sailing instruction, each one excels in some particular area of explanation.
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Annapolis is great and thorough, but huge and very detailed.

"The Compleat Sailor" is one I''ve recommended to a few friends with success (loaned out too, or I''d tell you the author). It is by no means exhaustive like Annapolis or Chapman''s, but it has some pretty clear and basic info on the fundamental concepts.
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Ahoy beginner the best book is strangly enough written by me it is entitled "How to swim for beginning sailors" By the Pirate of Pine Island.
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What''''s the best book on sailing for beginners

Bob Bond''s, The Handbook of Sailing, is also excellent. I consider The Annapolis Book of Seamanship to be the anchor of any sailing library. Steve Colgate''s books are very good. And US Sailing''s Certification Series - Basic Keelboat, Basis Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising - are very good for beginners. Best is the seat of your britches on the windward rail of a dinghy.
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please let us not forget chapmans book. It has to be one of the very best.
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