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Best Sailing Books

Recommendations from 18 articles, Rob Delaney, Claire McCaskill, Simon Kuestenmacher and 6 others.
Best Sailing Books
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Sailing Alone Around the World
Joshua Slocum - May 19, 2018 (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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The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Fourth Edition
John Rousmaniere - Jan 07, 2014
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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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Maiden Voyage
Tania Aebi - Apr 01, 2013 (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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The Complete Sailing Manual
Steve Sleight - Jun 06, 2017 (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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The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Thor Heyerdahl - Apr 30, 1996 (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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The Long Way
Bernard Moitessier - Jan 01, 1995 (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 Sailor, Second Edition
David Seidman - Apr 14, 2011
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This is not just an instructional book---it's an insight into a sailor's approach to the sea, boats, and the ever-changing dynamic of wind on the water "A learn-to-sail book with heart."--WoodenBoat "A real winner...a masterful blend of straightforward text with delightful and instructive illustrations. Quite simply a great primer on sailing and th...
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Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Including Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair, Sailboat Refinishing, Sailbo
Don Casey - Oct 06, 2005
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The definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expertDon Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.More than 2,500 cle...
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Sailing For Dummies
J. J. Isler - Jun 06, 2006 (first published in 1997)
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Interested in learning to sail but feel like you're navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock. In Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition, two U.S. sailing champio...
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Godforsaken Sea
Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters
Derek Lundy - Jun 30, 2000 (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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The Proving Ground
G. Bruce Knecht - Dec 06, 2011 (first published in 2001)
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In this 10th Anniversary edition, with a new afterword from the author, G.Bruce Knecht tells the harrowing story of a world-renowned sailing race gone fatally bad.On December 26, 1998, 115 sailboats crossed the starting line of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The 630-nautical-mile contest is among the most difficult races in the world, a te...
Left For Dead by Nick Ward
Gipsy Moth Circles the World by Francis Chichester
World of My Own by Robin Knox-Johnston
Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols
The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley
Adrift by Steven Callahan
Escape from the Ordinary by Julie Bradley
Sailing Made Easy by The American Sailing Association Asa
How to Read a Nautical Chart by Nigel Calder
Winning in One-designs by Dave Perry
Seraffyn's European Adventure by Lin Pardey
The International Marine Book of Sailing by William Robinson
Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson
Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre Deroche
Two Years Before The Mast by Richard Henry Dana
The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
438 Days by Jonathan Franklin
The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Dove by Robin L. Graham
MASTER AND COMMANDER [Special edition including bonus book by Patrick O'Brian
An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale
Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual 4/E by Nigel Calder
Sailing a Serious Ocean by John Kretschmer
A Storm Too Soon by Michael J. Tougias
The Last Grain Race by Eric Newby
The Voyager's Handbook by Beth Leonard
Storm Tactics Handbook by Lin Pardey
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 68th Edition by Chapman
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
A Race Too Far by Chris Eakin
Once is Enough by Miles Smeeton
The Capable Cruiser by Lin Pardey
Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th Edition by Inc. U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Assoc.
Cost Conscious Cruiser by Lin Pardey
Taleisin's Tales - Sailing towards the Southern Cross by Lin Pardey
The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook by Don Mann
The master mariner by Nicholas Monsarrat
Learning to Sail by Di Goodman
Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat by John Vigor
Getting Started in Sailboat Racing by Adam Cort
Voyages of a Simple Sailor by Roger D Taylor
As Long as It's Fun, the Epic Voyages and Extraordinary Times of Lin and Larry Pardey by Herb McCormick
Start to Win by Eric Twiname
The Book of Sailing Knots by Peter Owen
The Curve of Time by M. Blanchet
Ocean of Insight by Heather Lyn Mann
Sailing by Onne van der Wal
Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America by Steve N. G. Howell
Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under Power by Grant Headifen
Fast Track to Sailing by Steve Colgate
Self Sufficient Sailor 3rd edition, fully revised and expanded by Lin Pardey
Successfully Skipper a Sailboat by Grant Headifen
H.W. Tilman by H. W. Tilman
Flirting With Mermaids by John Kretschmer
Positioning by Stuart H. Walker
Skippering a Small Keelboat by Grant Headifen
Sailing There, Cruising Across Europe and the Mediterranean by Patricia Vellinga
Sailing Smart by Buddy Melges
500 Days by Serge Testa
NauticEd Navigation Rules by Capt Grant R Headifen
Sail, Race and Win by Eric Twiname
Alex Learns to Sail by Grant R Headifen
How to Sail with Dogs by Michelle Segrest
A Manual of Sail Trim by Stuart H. Walker
Fast Handling Technique by Frank Bethwaite
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat by
The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats by Steve Henkel
The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin
Swell by Liz Clark
The One Pan Galley Gourmet by Don Jacobson
Last Man Off by Matt Lewis
Challenge by Warwick Collins
Sextant by David Barrie
The Lonely Sea and the Sky by Francis Chichester
Blue Horizons by Beth A Leonard
And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi
Great circle by Sam Llewellyn