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10-05-2013 04:54 PM
Re: books on basic sailing..

By the way, my brother in law just sent me a copy of "Chapman Piloting and Seamanship", by Elbert S. Maloney. This is an amazing book!

925 pages. May take me a while.
09-23-2013 10:44 AM
Re: books on basic sailing..

Wow, there is a lot of great info in this thread! Thanks everyone, this will keep me occupied for a while!
09-17-2013 08:54 PM
Chas H
Re: books on basic sailing..

SAIL POWER by Wallace Ross has been my reference for over 20 years. It is loaded with good information. I was reviewing traveler and leech line settings this afternoon. It may seem overwhelming and a bit intimidating at first, but all the basics are there and the advanced too. This book shows me how much I still have to learn about boat handling.
09-06-2013 02:35 PM
Dan Diego
Re: books on basic sailing..

I am a relative newcomer to sailing as well. My first book was the Dennis Conner and Michael Levitt book, Learn to Sail. It was an easy read for me and by that I am pointing out no prior sailing knowledge before reading the book.

Good Luck, fair winds, and following seas.
08-30-2013 04:21 PM
Re: books on basic sailing..

Free books about sailing & seamanship & boats:

I cannot recommend Project Gutenberg highly enough to do it justice. Books in several formats, some in audio, or download a .txt version & run it through a text-to-speech translator, all free:

Free ebooks - Project Gutenberg


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"Sailing", by E. F. Knight. Millions of sailors got their start by reading this friendly little book:

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08-27-2013 12:28 AM
Re: books on basic sailing..

Sail-ing by Beard and McKie, essential guide to sailing terms and what they really mean.
08-07-2013 05:45 PM
Re: books on basic sailing..

I own several sailing books but I have a few favorite, including this one:
which is the only sailing book that also goes sailing with me. A little more oriented to cruising than keelboat sailing but a great reference guide!
08-07-2013 09:51 AM
Re: books on basic sailing..

Sailing for Dummies seems to have all the information that the ASA book does. More fun to read though.
08-07-2013 01:45 AM
Re: books on basic sailing..

Oh great, thanks for the link !
08-07-2013 01:29 AM
Re: books on basic sailing..

If you like old-school nothing-but-the-facts to get you started, here's a free download:
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