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2 Weeks Ago 08:01 PM
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

2 Weeks Ago 10:27 AM
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.
2 Weeks Ago 09:31 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

Along those lines, the other day I saw reference to Harry Pidgeon's "Around the World Single-Handed: The Cruise of the "Islander" being republished. I went to eBay and scored a used copy [I]cheap[I]. It's a classic that got lost in the shadow of Slocum and Spray.
2 Weeks Ago 02:29 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post
I didn't see this on anybody's list and I'm wondering how we forgot....
Joshua Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World"
Yes, I just thought the same... could it be that most people here are too young to know that book?

I've read it three times (at different stages of my life) and I always enjoyed it immensely.
IMHO the best book ever written on sailing.
2 Weeks Ago 01:01 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

As authors we should mention our books;

the Practical Boat Tips has helped many with simple to do solutions based on our over forty years living afloat. It comes in electronic format as well as print.

Our latest reading book, Reflections in a Sailor's Eyes, is a collection of true short stories from around the world raising our two children afloat.

Our other two, Where Wild Winds Blow and Two's a Crew, Circumnavigation of Australia are sailing stories with historical notes centered on Australia. These books a re available in print or elctronic format.

Plenty more information here.
And our Bio here, blue water sailing since 1974
2 Weeks Ago 11:19 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

The Boy, Me and the Cat, by Henry Plummer.
2 Weeks Ago 10:21 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Dove, by Robin Lee Graham about his circumnavigation as a teenager in 1965 is a nice read.
2 Weeks Ago 08:45 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

How to Buy the Best Sailboat: An Updated Edition of the Leading Consumer Guide With a New Chapter on Selling a Boat (edit title/settings)
by Charles Gustafson (Author)

This is a great book. My version (the latest available I think) is a little dated, but like all good books it makes me think. Even if you just take a few things out of the book it will be helpful in buying a boat... kind of directed at new boats... and more to the point of what yo want out of a boat.. I like to pass books on, but the appendix is making this boat a keeper.

The other thing is it is more for boats much bigger than i am interested in at this point (30+ feet), but it is still valuable to think about size, materials, your use of the boat, how you are thinking about using your boat... etc.
2 Weeks Ago 06:59 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Originally Posted by David Beaupre View Post
Give my books Quest and Crew and Quest on the Thorny Path a try. They are the first two books of the Quest Series available on Amazon. Both books are humorous true accounts of transforming a 1986 Bayfield 36 cutter rigged sloop into better than bristol condition and sailing down to the Caribbean. Come along with Wendy and me as we become experienced cruisers.
Best regards and fair winds,
David Beaupre
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2 Weeks Ago 12:48 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

When we first started sailing I read, An Embarrassment of Mangoes, by Ann Vanderhoof. A great read and I could relate to many of her and her husbands experiences. Sailing the ICW down to Grenada. In fact, I am ready to reread this one!
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