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Best Sailing Books
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Sailing Alone Around the World
Joshua Slocum - 2018-05-19 (first published in 1899)
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On April 24, 1895, Captain Joshua Slocum set out on a three-year journey to circumnavigate the world alone by boat. Crossing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in his sloop, the Spray, Slocum visited South Africa, South America, and Australia before returning home as the first man to successfully sail around the world solo. Slocum's memoir tells of pi...
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Maiden Voyage
Tania Aebi - 2013-04-01 (first published in 1989)
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What begins as the sheer desire for adventure turns into a spiritual quest as a young woman comes to terms with her family, her dreams, and her first love.Tania Aebi was an unambitious eighteen-year-old, a bicycle messenger in New York City by day, a Lower East Side barfly at night. In short, she was going nowhere—until her father offered her a cha...
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Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea
Steven Callahan - 2002-10-17 (first published in 1986)
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Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survi...
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The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Fourth Edition
John Rousmaniere - 2014-01-07
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First launched in 1983, Annapolis remains the sailor's bible, a comprehensive chapter and verse guide to all aspects of seamanship from the simplest ABC's to the most advanced skills and latest electronics. And while much of the original edition has been left in dry dock to make way for the many changes on the water since 1983--like multihull vesse...
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The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Thor Heyerdahl - 1996-04-30 (first published in 1948)
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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his t...
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Simon Kuestenmacher
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The Long Way
Bernard Moitessier - 1995-01-01 (first published in 1971)
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The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneline...
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The Complete Sailing Manual
Steve Sleight - 2017-06-06 (first published in 1999)
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An essential reference book for sailing enthusiasts, now in its fourth edition with a foreword by quadruple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie.Learn the basics of sailing, master navigation, and maintain your boat with The Complete Sailing Manual, written by instructor and former British national champion Steve Sleight. This authoritative text has c...
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Voyage for Madmen
Peter Nichols - 2011-05-01 (first published in 1997)
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Published to coincide with the Golden Globe Race's 50th AnniversaryIt lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done. In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even k...
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Nancy Pearl
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Godforsaken Sea
Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters
Derek Lundy - 2000-06-30 (first published in 1998)
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'One of the best books ever written about sailing' Time 27,000 miles, three and a half to five months alone at sea, chilling casualty rates, the unrelenting strain of handling 60-foot boats day and night, the absolute certainty of weather and waves that could destroy them. On 3 November 1996 sixteen sailors set out from the Bay of Biscay to embark ...
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Left For Dead
30 Years On - The Race is Finally Over
Nick Ward - 2010-09-01 (first published in 2007)
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In August of 1979, Nick Ward began the 600-mile course of the UK’s Fastnet Race with perfect weather. Within 48 hours, the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing had blasted through the Irish Sea. By the time it had passed, it had thrown one of the world’s most prestigious races into bedlam and taken the lives of fifteen sailors. Ward’s b...
Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual by Don Casey
The Proving Ground by G. Bruce Knecht
Gipsy Moth Circles the World by Francis Chichester
The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley
Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual 4/E by Nigel Calder
The Complete Sailor, Second Edition by David Seidman
Sailing For Dummies by J. J. Isler
World of My Own by Robin Knox-Johnston
Escape from the Ordinary by Julie Bradley
Two Years Before The Mast by Richard Henry Dana
The Voyager's Handbook by Beth Leonard
Sailing Made Easy by The American Sailing Association Asa
The International Marine Book of Sailing by William Robinson
The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Adrift [Movie tie-in] by Tami Oldham Ashcraft
438 Days by Jonathan Franklin
South by Ernest Henry Shackleton
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Dove by Robin L. Graham
MASTER AND COMMANDER [Special edition including bonus book by Patrick O'Brian
Sailing a Serious Ocean by John Kretschmer
The Last Grain Race by Eric Newby
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 68th Edition by Chapman
A Race Too Far by Chris Eakin
Once is Enough by Miles Smeeton
The Capable Cruiser by Lin Pardey
Cost Conscious Cruiser by Lin Pardey
How to Read a Nautical Chart by Nigel Calder
Learning to Sail by Di Goodman
Winning in One-designs by Dave Perry
Seraffyn's European Adventure by Lin Pardey
Self Sufficient Sailor 3rd edition, fully revised and expanded by Lin Pardey
500 Days by Serge Testa
Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson
Get Real, Get Gone by Rick Page
Swell by Liz Clark
Plunge by Liesbet Collaert
How to Sail Around the World by Hal Roth
World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell
Last Man Off by Matt Lewis
Encounters of a Wayward Sailor by Tristan Jones
World Cruising Handbook by Jimmy Cornell
And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi
Across the Savage Sea by Maud Fontenoy
An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof
The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
A Sail of Two Idiots by Renee Petrillo
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
The Opening Chase by Cap Daniels
The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler
Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen
An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale
Fallen Out by Wayne Stinnett
A Storm Too Soon by Michael J. Tougias
Storm Tactics Handbook by Lin Pardey
The Incredible Voyage by Tristan Jones
Fastnet, Force 10 by John Rousmaniere
Looking for a Ship by John McPhee
Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
Cruising in Seraffyn by Lin Pardey
Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th Edition by Inc. U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Assoc.
Taleisin's Tales - Sailing towards the Southern Cross by Lin Pardey
The master mariner by Nicholas Monsarrat
As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey by Herb McCormick
The Curve of Time by M. Blanchet
Flirting With Mermaids by John Kretschmer
Float Plan by Trish Doller
Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat by
The Silent World by Jacques Cousteau
First You Have to Row a Little Boat by Richard Bode
Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder
The Illustrated Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
The Dinghy Cruising Companion by Roger Barnes
The Boat Galley Cookbook by Carolyn Shearlock, Jan Irons
The Morrow Guide to Knots by Mario Bigon, Guido Regazzoni
Close to the Wind by Pete Goss
Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson
Catamarans by Gregor Tarjan
250 Amazing Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat by Mark Nicholas
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