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Books for a newbie?

Any suggestions?
Videos as well.
Thanks in adavnce!
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Books for a newbie?

If you are not afraid to read a text which also serves folks beyond the newbie stage, try John Rousmaniere''s "Annapolis Book of Seamanship." Welcome to the fold.

Duane
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I love my DK Publishing book "Complete Sailing Manual".

Great layout, colorful, good pics, good diagrams, easy reading. You can get it at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0789446065/102-1762671-3905718?vi=glance
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Ahoy "Debbie does Dallas" always works well for me on a long voyage just be sure to get the waterproof copy! Pirate of Pine Island
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Oh man. I have never been a reader. I think since my sailing blossomed into complete madness that i have read 4 times the books i''ve read in the 26 previous years of my life.

Right now i am almost done with the best book i have ever read. it was highly reccomended/gifted to me by a very accomplished RYA Yachtmaster Ocean who regards Adlard Coles as his personal hero. "Adlard Coles'' Heavy Weather Sailing 30th edition". the first sailing book i read that wasnt "Sailing fundamentals" (my Basic Keel boat Textbook) was "Dove" by Robin Graham which i reccomend highly i then read "Maiden Voyage" by Tania Aebi (she is the first woman and youngest person to ever solo circumnavigate and today is a regular contributor to sailnet. the following is my short list of books to read in no particular order(incidentally Heavy Weather sailing has significantly increased my list of books to read):

Lin and Larry Pardey Books: starting with "Storm Tactics Handbook in keeping with Heavy Weather Sailing''s specific suggestion.

http://www.landlpardey.com/Products/Pardey_Books.html

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Chapman Piloting, Seamanship
and Boat Handling
by Elbert S. Maloney
this book is aboard Josefina right now and i will make an attempt to read it but it is more of a reference book as far as i can tell thusfar.

In any case these should be enough to keep you busy for some time.

enjoy And welcome,
-Adam
"Josefina" Pearson 26''
"Boat" Aquarius 23''
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Books for a newbie?

Yea, Chapman''s is pretty much the bible as far as all the stuff you need to know, like how to use the radio, what do different lights mean, how to do costal piloting etc.

Heavy Weather Sailing is also at the top of the list... just in case.

A few more suggestions, Single-handed sailing by Henderson (I think) covers a lot of stuff covered in Heavy Weather Sailing but some additional stuff for people who might single-hand or short-hand a boat.

Choosing a Cruising Sailboat - if you want to understand what the various design considerations are for different types of boats.

For books about sailing, not necessarily how to sail, ready everything by Bernard Moitessier, particularly The Long Way. And Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.

A friend of mine recommended a how to book written by Colgate (yes, I think the toothpaste guy) who also started the hugely successful Colgate sailing method/school.
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All good titles, and worthy of a place on my shelf.<P>I cut my teeth on Bob Bond''s <em>Handbook of Sailing</em>, and still pull it down from time to time.<P>For cruising stories akin to <em>Maiden Voyage</em> and <em>Dove</em> (both classics), I''d offer Eric Hiscock''s <em>Wandering Under Sail</em> and others in his series.<P>And don''t forget Joshua Slocum''s seminal <em>Sailing Alone Around the World</em>.
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Books for a newbie?

The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat
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Books for a newbie?

How about Henderson''s "Sail And Power" from Naval Institute Press?

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After reading all the technical books and learning how to do the basics, get a copy of "Elements of Seamanship", by Richard Henderson I think and published by IM Publishing (but I don''t know if it is still in print).

It is a very thin book that does not tell you the mechanics of how to sail, but gives plenty of philosophy on how to sail. Chapter titles are like "Keeping the water out", "Keeping her going", Keeping your reputation", etc. It did the most for my sailing than all the other books combined.

Gerhard
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