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10-28-2015 07:44 PM
Slayer
Re: Recommended Reading

Just finished The Tale of Shoot the Moon, by David Swingle. Smooth, easy read about a guy who fled the law and sailed down the west coast of Mexico. It's his biography that depicts cruising life. I started it so felt compelled to finish it. Not particularly exciting or insightful, just a vanilla cruising story. I wouldn't recommend it unless you had nothing else to read. The one thing I was interested in knowing he didn't get into: what did he do to have to flee? He said he was falsely accused of a drug possession charge and was coerced by his attorney to take a plea. I guess he violate his probation, but claims to be persecuted by a corrupt justice system. He leaves his son behind and states he will never see him again. I didn't have a lot of sympathy for him after reading that, but maybe his reasons would have changed my mind.
09-20-2015 03:20 PM
openboatt
Re: Recommended Reading

Pardon me if this book has been mentioned, but The Sailing Dictionary from Sail magazine is a good quick reference. I have the 2nd edition--I'm sure there have been updates--but it occupies an honored place atop my commode and is read...mmmm, at least once a day. tom
09-20-2015 03:20 AM
pollywog
Re: Recommended Reading

My favorite sailing book. THE LONG WAY by Bernard Moitessier. I learn something new every time I read it.
09-17-2015 04:41 PM
Peter Janker
Re: Recommended Reading

Highly recommend the book Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy. Great read and the stories are almost too good to be real. A story that illustrates our Nations nautical history and may make some of us reflect on why we let our leaders create laws that have destroyed our traditions of a sea going nation.

Pete
06-14-2015 11:28 PM
titustiger27
Re: Recommended Reading

"Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America (2004)"
John Vigor

I thought this would be more political and less sailing.. it was less political, a good share of sailing and dealing with crew/family. I liked how there was the sailing thing, you don't think about as sailing... Passports, sneaking Krugerrand out of the country and finding a place to exchange them... or dealing with the coast guard. It was one of the better books I have read in the last couple years
05-31-2015 02:04 PM
titustiger27
Re: Recommended Reading

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dwag View Post
Hi -

I have a book to recommend: mine! Life #6 is the story of a sailboat trip that went very wrong. It happened to me when I was young and stupid, and I have -- 35 years later -- turned it into a novel. The sailing stuff in the book is as it happened. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong on a November trip from Newport, RI to Bermuda. We never made it to Bermuda. Thank goodness for the Coast Guard!

Sorry to toot my own horn - but I can't help it.

Life #6 by Diana Wagman | 9781632460059 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble

Thanks,
Diana
shouldn't you toot your bosun whistle
05-31-2015 01:15 PM
grnrngr
Re: Recommended Reading

The two that come quickest to my mind are "American Practical Navigator" by Nathaniel Bowditch, and Dutton's "Navigation and Piloting". I also had a copy of Chapman's "Piloting, Seamanship, and Small Boat Handling", geared more to power boats, but a lot of great info there too. Unless you mean the sight reduction books like H.O. 208 or 211 or 214 or 224 or 248...
05-31-2015 11:36 AM
enjaku
Re: Recommended Reading

Good morning from a blustery Chicago. Is there a definitive book on Maritime Navigation? I've read through this thread and I didn't see one listed. Any recommendations?
eric
05-07-2015 09:01 PM
Dwag
Re: Recommended Reading

Hi -

I have a book to recommend: mine! Life #6 is the story of a sailboat trip that went very wrong. It happened to me when I was young and stupid, and I have -- 35 years later -- turned it into a novel. The sailing stuff in the book is as it happened. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong on a November trip from Newport, RI to Bermuda. We never made it to Bermuda. Thank goodness for the Coast Guard!

Sorry to toot my own horn - but I can't help it.

Life #6 by Diana Wagman | 9781632460059 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble

Thanks,
Diana
05-07-2015 11:27 AM
Moonrise
Re: Recommended Reading

A "library" of sailing reads is a wonderful idea! In addition to many of the classics already recommended, I'd suggest three that are a bit different:

Abraham's Bay & Other Stories, by Jack Greer. Stories based on sailing through the Bahamas and Caribbean. Got good reviews from Cruising World and Sailing magazine.

High Wind, by Woodie Watkinson. A true account written by an aging a sailor who became involved in the marijuana trade as a young man. Amazingly candid.

North to the Night, by Alva Simon. About overwintering solo in the Arctic.
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