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I would recommend Dave Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor. It is about $16 at a local bookstore and one of the best sailing primers I've seen to date. I'd point out that there is rarely a manual for how to sail a given specific boat, since most of the sailing skills are very generalized and apply to almost any boat. Even boats with different rigs—gaff, gunter, ketch, cutter, schooner, cat, etc—can generally be sailed by a sailor with experience on a different type of sailboat with only a short bit of experimenting and learning.
However, IMHO it would be less painful and faster for you to take even a brief learn to sail course rather than try and learn from a book.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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