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Any good recommendations?

Ive read through some posts already about this subject but they were quite old so im looking to see if there is any new material out there. I have never even stepped foot on a sailboat let alone know any names of parts so im i need of some reading material. All i know of is sailing for dummies, is this any good? What would you guys recommend?
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Read through this thread for suggestions on reading:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...d-reading.html

A great start is David Seidman's "The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing"

Amazon.com: The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing (9780070571310): David Seidman: Books
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As a newer sailor myself, I have three books on my shelf so far for instruction.
Sailing for Dummies
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Sailing Fundamentals

They are all good in thier own way. If you know nothing at all, go ahead and start with the Dummies book. It is a good primer to get your feet wet. Annapolis delves much deeper and I think it will be a lifelong reference for me as my skills grow.
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If you are thinking of taking lessons based on ASA or US Sailing, you could get one or some of those books. Do look over some of the old threads. The go-to books mentioned the most, really are what you should get.
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"Airbourne" by William Buckley. More a spiritual rather than mechanical introduction to sailing, but overall, definitely my favorite sailing book.
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Just shove off the dock you'll figure it out every boat handles different don't be afraid to experiment love your boat and it will love you back
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Some books may be better than others, but any of them will work fine. The main thing is go out and sail, whether lessons or otherwise, then use the book to confirm or correct what you've done.

Put another way: books and actual sailing are both needed in order to learn how to sail. The quality of the book is way secondary to the quality of the sailing.
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I totaly agree just don't stress out life is a breeze when your sailing
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"Airbourne" by William Buckley. More a spiritual rather than mechanical introduction to sailing, but overall, definitely my favorite sailing book.
Did you read his son's book about his parents? Losing Mum and Pup The part where he described WFB, Jr's docking was a stitch.
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Ive read through some posts already about this subject but they were quite old ...
The physics of sailing hasn't changed. Don't worry about reading older sailing books. Some of them, from the golden age of recreational sailing back when the elite were trying to reserve for others in their social class are quite entertaining. I enjoy perusing used bookstores for books written back in the 60s. I especially love downloading the free Google digital books about navigation and sailing that are now in the public domain.
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