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I purchased my first sailboat last summer and had a blast. I'm hoping to do some reading over the winter to develop my understanding of sailing. While I know the very basics, I'm still ignorant of alot of common knowledge related to seamanship, boat maintenance, reading the weather, navigation, etc.

What are some books that you have personally found helpful?

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Re: Sailing books

"The Complete Guide to Catamarans" is said to be a good read, I haven't purchased a copy yet. They are available on Amazon.
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Chapmans Piloting, Seamanship and Boat Handling
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I purchased my first sailboat last summer and had a blast. I'm hoping to do some reading over the winter to develop my understanding of sailing. While I know the very basics, I'm still ignorant of alot of common knowledge related to seamanship, boat maintenance, reading the weather, navigation, etc.

What are some books that you have personally found helpful?

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What type of boat did you buy? Where do you keep it? What are your short and long term goals and aspirations -- dreams? There is so much sailing related reading . . . the suggestions really depend on your situation and interests.
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The Complete Sailor - David Seidman

Recommended here to me 3 years ago ... best book I've read ... and reread ... and reread
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Re: Sailing books

These books totally increased my knowledge and approach to sailing:
Sensible Cruising; The Thoreau Approach, Don Casey
The Capable Cruiser, Lin/Larry Pardey
How to Sail Around the World, Hal Roth
Voyagers handbook, Beth Leonard

Books to feed the a sailors soul:
Dove, Robin Graham
Lionhart, Jesse Martin
Maiden Voyage, Tania Aebi
The Long Way, Bernard Moitessier
A World of my Own, Robin Knox-Johnston
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Re: Sailing books

If you're after a book that covers near all the bases, I've found The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousmaniere to be pretty good.

Also appreciate the Blue Book of Sailing by Adam Cort to be pretty good
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Re: Sailing books

Some good recommended reading. I have quite a few of them. I think you could also add Storm Tactics by the Pardeys. I also found FASNET 10
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The Complete Sailor - David Seidman

Recommended here to me 3 years ago ... best book I've read ... and reread ... and reread

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