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07-31-2014 05:18 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Originally Posted by dave.verry View Post
My bible over the last 30 years has been Royce's Sailing Illustrated. I believe it has just recently gone out of print but I was able to replace mine this year and have found a few copies on the bookshelves of marine suppliers. Does anyone else like this book as much as I do?
I do. Been reading it since the '60s. When I lend it out and don't get it back I'll buy another copy.
06-13-2014 01:53 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Originally Posted by DePlano View Post
I thought Maiden Voyage was painful to read. I am not a young woman coming of age and don't need to live that with her. There was also something I did not like about the fact she went on the trip intending to write a book about it.
It's been long time since I read it. However, as I recall what disturbed me was that most of her "intentions" were actually her father's. She's lucky she survived!

Blown Away I thought was a great read.
Agreed. Especially for anyone thinking about cruising. It's funny as well.
05-04-2014 04:44 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

I have zero desire to circumnavigate but lately I've been reading books by those who have. The latest, Islands, Oceans, and Dreams by Michael Salvaneschi is my daily commute audio book.

The boat is a Hans Christian. Michael is singlehanding. Like many, he started out with a dream to sail to the pristine white sands and palm trees of Fiji that he saw in the photos. He and his wife bought the boat, moved on board, lived on board for I think 10 years and sailed around the coast, had kids, got divorced. Family dream ends but he decides to go anyway.

He got to Fiji. Then he figured why not keep going?

No offense meant to my Australian forum members, but the coast of Australia sounds like a sailor's nightmare. Qantas Air for me. Ditto the Red Sea. A friend reports that Qatar Airways is primo.

But, it sounds like he provides realistic insight into sailing solo. There were many times when he wished he had crew to help with watches and chores and operating the boat during the storms. Even just someone to talk to to lift his spirits or work through a problem. But then he reminded himself that his goal was to return to California after doing it solo. He was honest about his prejudices while in Muslim countries. He was honest that the trip at times just plain sucked and he wondered why he ever left California.

He came to some conclusions about dreams and happiness that some people could only reach after having an adventure and pushing themselves beyond their comfort levels.

I have about five hours to go and now he's battling the 15-foot waves and sailing into a northerly wind in the Red Sea. Not something I consider fun.
03-27-2014 02:04 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

Steve Dashew has written a handful of good books - Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia for one.

He has decided to give back something. Two of his books - The Mariner's Weather Handbook and Surviving the Storm are now available for free download in Pdf format here: SetSail» Blog Archive » Weather Forecasting, Storm Tactics & Successful Cruising ? Plus An Offer You Can?t Refuse

Both should be in any offshore cruiser's library.
02-15-2014 08:20 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Originally Posted by titustiger27 View Post
Sailing On A Dream
by Tyler Rush Bangert

not a bad book... all things said and done... but not so much a sailing book... The best thing about it is the owner of the boat that Tyler is on, is kind of a jerk... and how he deals with the situation is interesting.

This is a self-pubished book and I am not sure if that should change the way I rate it.....

One thing is the editing might change... there aren't typo errors and the book flows, but if there was an editor, there would be some advice about the book...

That said --- having self-published myself --- sometimes you publish a book for yourself, more than for any reader. That is the case for this author. I sense he wrote it for his deceased dad....thus the need to publish.

I wouldn't disguard it because of that because it isn't a bad or self-indulgent book... or too self-indulgent.
02-15-2014 08:12 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Sailing On A Dream
by Tyler Rush Bangert

not a bad book... all things said and done... but not so much a sailing book... The best thing about it is the owner of the boat that Tyler is on, is kind of a jerk... and how he deals with the situation is interesting.
02-13-2014 08:29 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

Found a book highlighted in the pages of Points East Cruising Magazine; Bucking the Tide, Making Do and Discovering the Wild New England and Fundy Coast in a $400 Yacht, by David Buckman.

Interesting cruise, very well written, informative and thoughtful as well. Can be had by emailing

Here's to an early Spring wherever you may be . . .
02-11-2014 01:19 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Thanks for the suggestion, Windclimber. I've just borrowed the book from the Kindle lending library.

This thread has been very helpful. In the past month or so I've read all of these based upon this thread's recommendations.

One Hand for Yourself, One for the Ship - Jones
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook - Calder
Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach - Casey
Cost Conscious Cruiser - Pardey

While I've very much enjoyed all of them they are all quite dated. Of this bunch Calder's book is the most recent, written in 2001. Therefore you have to take a lot of their advice and suggestions with a grain of salt. Good reads though and I learned from all of them.

I've also purchased, but have not yet read these.

Chapman Piloting Seamanship and Boat Handling - Mahoney
Singlehanded Sailing - Henderson
You Gotta Go to Know - DiCroce

With the exception of the DiCroce Kindle book I bought them all used on Amazon and paid less than $10 for each except for Calder's book which was $18.
02-09-2014 07:26 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

I've recently read the e-book You Gotta Go to Know by Chris DiCroce, and I recommend it for any armchair or weekend sailors who dreams of living aboard, and also for anybody who has any kind of dream about changing their life in a substantial way (the author learned to sail, sold his house in Nashville, and moved onto a boat.) It's written in a warm and engaging way and will probably give courage to anybody contemplating a comparable "life improvement."
01-27-2014 12:28 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Some free-download, heavy-duty titles here:

OCW Bookshelf | Open Matters

RES.12-000 on Oceanography looks interesting, and if you think steering a boat is easy, take a look at 2.154 about control of surface & underwater vehicles -----
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