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Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook
A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors
by Nigel Calder

The most comprehensive and helpful guide ever written for selecting and equipping a cruising sailboat. Whether you're a coastal or offshore cruiser, you'll find your most pressing concerns treated with the know-how that makes for skillful, confident cruising The author walks you through all key technical and practical aspects of modern cruising systems and equipment, providing you with a summary of the skills necessary for safe, enjoyable sailing.

World Cruising Handbook World Cruising Handbook
by Jimmy Cornell

Aimed primarily at the yachting and cruising community, it gives precise information on ports of entry, regulations, fees, visa or passport requirements, docking and repair facilities, and other items of interest to sailors. The coverage is the entire world, including the U.S.

World Cruising Routes, 4th Edition World Cruising Routes, 4th Edition
by Jimmy Cornell

This updated comprehensive cruising guide to all the world's oceans is a valuable reference for cruising sailors and armchair dreamers. More than 500 sailing routes are detailed, including 40 new routes to such high-latitude destinations as Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and Antarctica. The book includes 64 pages of 2-color maps, updated GPS coordinates for navigation, and route-by-route descriptions of weather and hazards.

Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia-II
by Linda Dashew, Steve Dashew

"The single most useful text available anywhere for sailors who are outfitting a boat for voyaging - full of good ideas, educated opinions, ingenious solutions, useful charts and tables, and world cruising savvy." - George Day, publisher and editor, Blue Water Sailing

Offshore Sailing Offshore Sailing
200 Essential Passagemaking Tips
by Bill Seifert, Daniel Spurr (Contributor)

In a book that is sure to become a classic, internationally respected boatbuilder, yacht manager, and delivery skipper Bill Seifert shares his hard-won solutions to a host of boat design, construction, and equipment issues and seamanship dilemmas. Unlike other books on the subject, Offshore Sailing doesn't just tell readers what to do for safe and comfortable passage making; it shows them how to do it with clear, step-by-step instructions and nearly 200 detailed drawings and photographs.

Cruising Under Sail Cruising Under Sail
by Eric C. Hiscock

Combines Hiscock's classic books, Cruising Under Sail and Voyaging Under Sail. Some topics: stability; cockpit and steering arrangements; lighting, heating, and ventilation; choice of rig; the care and repair of sails; avoiding collisions; weather; tides; coastwise navigation; steering in heavy weather; self-steering; pilot charts; provisioning; celestial navigation.

Handbook of Offshore Cruising Handbook of Offshore Cruising
The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Cruising
by Jim Howard, Charles J. Doane

"... one of the most widely-read guides for anyone planning to cross the oceans." - Sailing & Yachting

Self Sufficient Sailor Self Sufficient Sailor
by Larry Pardey, Lin Pardey

"...for the beginner or experienced offshore cruising sailor who is contemplating a voyage, this book by one of Americas most famous sailing couples is a must. The valuable information includes ....practical, innovative ideas to better outfit any sailboat." - Sea Magazine

The Capable Cruiser The Capable Cruiser
by Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey

Successful cruising, according to the Pardeys, comes from a combination of the right people on board the right boat, and proper preparation, gear maintenance, and seamanship. A logical sequel to their The Self Sufficient Sailor, here are all the considerations for success analyzed by two genuine and very human experts.

The Cost Conscious Cruiser The Cost Conscious Cruiser
by Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey

"A seductive invitation to the cruising life-style, in the main because these veteran voyagers have a unique way of reducing the issues and making the break seem almost easy. The Cost Conscious Cruiser is a powerful argument for simplicity and common sense. In 30 years of cruising, their precept really hasn't changed from the first - Go simple, go small, go now. It's appealing because it makes the wild things possible." - Practical Sailor

All About Cruising All About Cruising
Prepare Yourself, Equip Your Boat, Plan Your Escape, Live Your Dream
by Walt Gleckler, Walter E. Gleckler, Sean J. Cahill (Illustrator)

Walt Gleckler has achieved the impossible by bringing together in one manageable volume all one needs to know (and do!) to realize every armchair sailor's dream: to go cruising.

The Sail Book of Common Sense Cruising The Sail Book of Common Sense Cruising
by Patience Wales (Introduction)

"You will find a plethora of practical tips and hard won experience that it would take a lifetime to gain." - Yachting Monthly

The Voyager's Handbook The Voyager's Handbook
The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising
by Beth A. Leonard

The Voyager's Handbook covers the arts of passagemaking, from preplanning to seamanship, to knowing what provisions are available in foreign ports. Its up-to-the-minute details on sail-handling systems, electronics, and full design will be welcomed by planners and dreamers. The book offers tried-and-true coping mechanisms that make voyaging a pleasure, not a trial.

Cruising for Cowards Cruising for Cowards
Strategies, Boats and Equipment Preferred by Experienced Cruisers
by Liza Copeland, Andy Copeland, Harold Allanson (Illustrator)

A highly readable guide to help long-distance cruisers equip and prepare their boats and then deal with everything from cockroaches to bureaucratic paperwork while en route.

How to Get Started on Ocean Sailing How to Get Started on Ocean Sailing
by Ted Repplier

How To Get Started on Ocean Sailing will help readers decide if they want to begin ocean sailing, and if so, how to go about it. The book is practical ocean sailing know-how in a nutshell. You will learn about acquiring sailing skills, the seaworthy sailboat, navigation, life at sea, planning ocean voyages, handling heavy weather, and a typical voyage.

The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing
by Scott Bannerot, Wendy Bannerot

There's the thrill of wrestling a fifty-pound yellowfin or hefty wahoo up from the depths and onto the deck of your boat. Then comes the mouthwatering aroma of your fish, slow-cooking on an open grill, followed by the indescribable pleasure of eating it.

Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of the Offshore Yachts Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of the Offshore Yachts
by John Rousmaniere (Editor), Stephen L. Davis

This is the authority on the features and equipment that belong and those that don't belong in a cruising sailboat. A good well written book with essential information clearly explained. If you know exactly what type of characteristics you want in a boat (performance, safety, etc) then this book will help in finding the right boat.

Cruising Fundamentals Cruising Fundamentals
by Harry Munns, Hal Sutphen (Editor)

"It picks up where the beginner's book leave off... Everything needed to make the first weeklong liveaboard cruise in safety and comfort is here." - Sail

Passage Making Passage Making
The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instruction
by Tom Cunliffe, Mark Smith (Editor), Kim Downing (Illustrator), Ralph Naranjo (Photographer)

US Sailing Certification Series

"Honey, Let's Get a Boat..." "Honey, Let's Get a Boat..."
A Cruising Adventure of America's Great Loop
by Ron Stob, Eva I. Stob, Ronald W. Stob

This is the story of one couple's escape on a forty-foot trawler cruising 6300 miles and 147 locks around the eastern part of North America known as America's Great Loop.

Changing Course Changing Course
A Woman's Guide to Choosing the Cruising Life
by Debra Ann Cantrell

When her husband first proposed that they pack up their things, take to the seas, and live on a boat full-time, Debra Cantrell was thrown for a loop. She wondered what other women before her had chosen to do. Thus began a five-year study involving interviews with women who had chosen the cruising life.

Advice to the Sealorn Advice to the Sealorn
by Herb Payson

"Herb Payson has spent 25 years cruising - and it shows. His likable narrative is for would-be and current cruisers alike." - SAIL Magazine

Tropical Cruising Handbook Tropical Cruising Handbook
by Mark Smaalders, Kim Des Rochers, Kim Des Rochers

Tropical Cruising Handbook arms cruising sailors with the knowledge and skills they need to master the challenges of sailing the tropics. From navigating uncharted reefs to navigating Pacific cultures, from the effects of the tropical environment on boats and gear to the prevention and treatment of tropical illnesses and health hazards, the Handbook covers all the bases. 

The Cruising Life The Cruising Life
A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager
by Jim Trefethen

The funniest, drollest, wisest book on the shelf for the would-be cruiser. Trefethen pulls no punches. He tells you just what will be involved if you and your family decide to "let slip the surly bonds of earth" and set sail. How to get ready, how to finance the voyage, how to live on your boat with maximum peace of mind and minimum hassle, and what equipment you do and don't need. (What you don't need may surprise you.)

Advanced Bluewater Cruising Advanced Bluewater Cruising
by Hal Sutphen

A new ocean cruising handbook, Advanced Bluewater Cruising provides a comprehensive guide for coastal cruising sailors wishing to make the step up to ocean cruising.

The Compleat Cruiser The Compleat Cruiser
The Art, Practice and Enjoyment of Boating
by L. Francis Herreshoff

Famed yacht designer and author L. Francis Herreshoff takes us on family style cruises in American waters, during which all sorts of boats and boating skills are explained while they are used. There are anecdotes and examples and a wide variety of boat lore in each chapter, as well as adventures, races and coastwide cruises and historical harbors to visit.

Sensible Cruising : The Thoreau Approach Sensible Cruising : The Thoreau Approach
A Philosophic and Practical Approach to Cruising
by Don Casey, Lew Hackler (Contributor), Bobby Basnight (Illustrator), Lewis R. Hackler

Just about any topic you can think of is covered, with new and insightful thoughts on what works and what doesn't, as well as how to make cruising less technical, less expensive, less dependant on the chandlery and shore-side services in general.

Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat
A Guide to Essential Features, Handling, and Gear
by John Vigor

This book presents the detail descriptions of what makes a boat seaworthy. This is immediately followed by suggestions on what to improve and methods to go about doing so.

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat
by Roger Marshall

In this one-of-a-kind book, leading boat designer Roger Marshall walks you through the process of choosing the perfect boat for your sailing lifestyle. Along the way, you will acquire a deep understanding of the many factors that go into a boat's performance, comfort, and seaworthiness, and learn how to choose among them to meet your requirements and preferences.

Fitting Out : Preparing for Sea Fitting Out : Preparing for Sea
by J. D. Sleightholme

Fitting Out covers every aspect of preparing a boat for sea. Dealing with both wooden and fiberglass boats, the author emphasizes the importance of maintaining a boat to face the stresses at sea.

Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat Optimize Your Cruising Sailboat
101 Ways to Make Your Sailboat Better
by John Roberts

Developed for cruising sailboat owners with 24- to 45-foot fiberglass boats, John Roberts' projects: improve comfort, handling, seaworthiness, performance, and dockside appeal; show how to add attractive features such as a deck washdown system, a backstay self-leveling radar mount, and more.

Self-Steering Under Sail Self-Steering Under Sail
Autopilot and Wind Steering Systems
by Peter Forthmann

All voyaging sailboats require some form of automatic steering to relieve shorthanded crew from having to steer every minute underway. Electric autopilots are the usual choice for weekending and coastal cruising; voyagers prefer the greater reliability and lower power draw of windvane systems and there are hybrids that offer the best of both worlds. This book explains it all, filling a large gap in the marine how-to literature.

Cruising in Seraffyn Cruising in Seraffyn
by Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey (Contributor)

Cruising In Seraffyn is an exciting, detailed cruising guide with a 16-page spread of full-color photos, making it an adventurous reference for nautical buffs and armchair travelers alike.

Something Borrowed Something Borrowed
101 Useful Tips for Every Sailor
by Joel W. Graffley

Each cruising boat is a unique blend of equipment, gear and methods assembled for the safety and comfort of the crew. Rather than the big items like electronics or fancy gadgetry, it is those little techniques and innovations that make a vessel truly distinctive and are worth copying for your own use.

Landfall Legalese : The Caribbean Landfall Legalese : The Caribbean
by Alan E. Spears

If you are going cruising in the Pacific or the Caribbean, and you are interested in previewing the required customs and immigration forms prior to arrival, Landfall Legalese is a must. Together, Volumes I and II comprise a compendium of the legal requirements and protocols for entering and clearing the majority of popular cruising ports throughout the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Landfall Legalese : The Pacific Landfall Legalese : The Pacific
by Alan E. Spears

Each volume of Landfall Legalese describes the customs and immigration protocols for yachts visiting the Pacific and Caribbean islands. Many actual customs and immigration forms are included.

The Cruising Multihull The Cruising Multihull
by Chris White

"Finally, a multihull voice which does not proselytize. Instead, logic and information pack the pages of Chris White's book." - WoodenBoat

Multihull Cruising Fundamentals Multihull Cruising Fundamentals
The Official American Sailing Association Guide to Cruising Multihulls
by Rick White

The official text of the American Sailing Association's Cruising Multihull Standard (CM) Certification, this guide addresses everything beginning-to-intermediate multihull cruisers need to know to sail and charter these swift, versatile vessels.

Living Aboard
Gently With the Tides : The Best of Living Aboard Gently With the Tides : The Best of Living Aboard
by Michael L. Frankel (Editor)

Fueled by 18 years of the best letters, articles, and firsthand accounts from Living Aboard magazine and the results of hundreds of surveys, Gently with the Tides is a compendium of the challenges of living aboard a boat and how to meet them. Includes information about the "perfect" boat, galley and provisioning hints, the law and liveaboard rights, and much more.

The Liveaboard Report The Liveaboard Report
A Boat Dweller's Guide to What Works and What Doesn't
by Charlie Wing

If you are contemplating the live-aboard life-style, this book will give you a firm idea of what to expect.

All in the Same Boat All in the Same Boat
Family Living Aboard and Cruising
by Tom Neale

Ever daydream about what it's like to quit your job, sell your house and most of your possessions, say good-bye to your neighbors, and set sail with your family - permanently?

The Best Tips from Women Aboard The Best Tips from Women Aboard
by Maria Russel (Editor)

Loaded with "tried-and-true" tips on organizing, storage, provisioning; bringing along guests, kids, or pets; cruising; maintenance; and so much more.

Beautiful Boat Crafts Beautiful Boat Crafts
Decorating Ideas and Projects for Onboard
by Linda Buckingham

Make your boat a home! Expert decorator and "liveaboard" Linda Buckingham shares her wealth of knowledge with over 50 decorating projects for the boat.

Living Aboard Living Aboard
by Janet Groene, Gordon Groene, Ellen Harden

"Knowledge of boats is one thing; knowing how to live aboard is another. If you are considering the latter, buy this book." - Southern Boating

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