Cruising Boat Basics

Author: Cap'n Fatty Goodlander
ISBN: 9781979372107
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This book contains 58 years of seamanship and ship's husbandry distilled into more than 350 readable pages. It is chockfull of technical information gathered during three circumnavigations and a lifetime of living aboard in foreign ports. It tells you the nitty-gritty technical details of the sea gypsy lifestyle. It isn't merely about the boat, it is also about the knowledge required to safely handle that boat and, ultimately, how to manage the cruise as well. It contains what every sea gypsy understands-but few marine publications address-the good, the bad, and the ugly of ocean cruising. It does not cop-out by telling you to throw money at your problems by hiring marine experts. It does exactly the opposite. It informs you how to not need those experts. It clearly communicates the morality, the economy, the karma, and the delights of sailing the world with empty pockets and full hearts. Cruising offshore isn't rocket science. It is all basic, logical stuff. The skills required can be explained step-by-step. This book reveals the reality of buying a well-found, inexpensive boat and outfitting it for living aboard-then taking it inshore gunkholing, coastal sailing, offshore cruising, and ocean storm-strutting. Reading this book is like sitting in the cockpit of a battered ketch at anchor in an exotic port-and having one of the most famous circumnavigators spin yarns, tell jokes, and give the most outrageous of advice on cruising under sail. Forget the "you gotta have a pile of money" rock-hugger thinking. You don't. There are a million good reasons why not to go to sea-lack of money is not one of them. Basic seamanship is far more important than coinage-and you can't buy seamanship. In fact, circumnavigators with large purses actually have less fun than work-as-you-sail sea gypsies. This book was not written for the edification of Topside-clad yachtsmen or teak-trodding credit card captains-but rather for the working-class sailor attempting to transit from dirt dweller to ocean vagabond without losing sight of the daily fun factor. Does sailing across an ocean on a small vessel seem like an immense challenge? It doesn't need to be-if you are prepared with a well-found boat, strong offshore safety gear, and some basic seamanship skills. Fatty and his wife Carolyn are currently on their fourth circumnavigation. They sail across oceans with no more concern than most yachties experience while putt-putting to the fuel dock. Are you just getting your sealegs but have a burning desire to live within Mother Ocean's warm embrace? To be truly free? To sail to Borneo, Madagascar, Cocos Keeling, the Caribbean, and Chagos? To kiss life full on the lips from the deck of a small boat on a big ocean? Then you are in luck. This book is written with the specific aim of helping sailors exactly like you accomplish these very real, very worthwhile cruising dreams-without a massive amount of money, complication, or BS. Welcome aboard!

Dreamseeker s Daughter

Author: Carole Ann Borges
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781478122579
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"A nautical memoir about an eccentric family living aboard an old schooner boat on the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast in the 1950s"

Heavy Weather Tactics

Author: Earl R. Hinz
Publisher: Adlard Coles
ISBN: 9780713668919
Format: PDF
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Anyone sailing a yacht or a motor vessel out of sight of land needs to be prepared for the worst that the weather can throw at them. This book provides the reader with in-depth advice and analysis on all aspects of choosing and deploying a sea anchor or drogue.

A Gypsy Life

Author: Clare Allcard
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393030723
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"Clare Allcard and her husband, Edward, have dared to live a life that armchair adventurers can only dream about. Here Clare tells the story of their adventures aboard the Regina Johanne, a rotting, worm-riddled, 69-foot Baltic Trader they discovered beached in Antigua." "Clare and Edward (a naval architect), their daughter Katy, and an ever-shifting crew spent twelve years on the Regina Johanne, working to replace rotten timbers, exterminating the worms that were devouring her hull, constructing a peculiar one-and-a-half poster bed in preparation for a cruise with Clare's parents, and patching the frayed sails by hand." "While repairing the boat, they sailed from Antigua to Nevis, England, France, Denmark, and other exotic ports. Clare's insightful writing both addresses her family's personal experiences on the Regina Johanne and includes useful information about the ports they visited, critical advice on the predominant sailing conditions in each area, and characteristics of the various foreign cultures they encountered. Sailors and nonsailors alike will be inspired by Clare's fascinating discussion of the family's nomadic lifestyle aboard the Regina Johanne."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Psychology of Sailing

Author: Michael Stadler
Publisher: International Marine Publishing
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Describes the psychological effect of fog, storms, and the motion of the sea, and discusses optical illusions, seasickness, and crew psychology

Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0151008116
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Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain. 40,000 first printing.


Author: Hal Roth
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071643451
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The definitive guide to a critical, hotly debated topic How should a sailor cope with storms at sea? Some advocate heaving-to, others running off. Some say trail a sea anchor over the bow, others a drogue astern. The stakes in the discussion couldn’t be higher, or the consensus lower. Finally, preeminent sailor/author Hal Roth offers a practical strategy that can evolve and respond as storms grow stronger.

Creative Anchoring

Author: Gary Goodlander
ISBN: 9781449922153
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This practical, down-to-earth, step-by-step instruction manual isn't merely about the basic mechanics of how to anchor-but how to anchor safely, while enjoying your boat more comfortably, in a far greater number of exposed anchorages. It contains everything a cruising sailor needs to know-including the proper cruising attitude and philosophy in relation to international anchoring-as-a lifestyle-and much, much more! It takes a completely new, totally unique "sea gypsy" look at the art and science of anchoring in today's shrinking world. And, it does it from the penny-pinching perspective of a confirmed "economically-challenged, ever-restless" World Cruiser. What other book on anchoring contains information on heaving-to, sea anchors, and Jordan Series Drogues? Flopper stoppers? Shore jackals? Dinghies? Anchor weights. Being tide-bound. The Etiquette of dragging. Landsharks. Snubbers. Doing WHAT to a coral head? Cheap DIY moorings. Arming your lead. Fish finders. Aground! Kedging off. Grappling hooks. Chain hooks. Lunch hooking. Hiding a sunken vessel under a floating vessel. Welding cables. Keep-away anchors. Free anchors. Cheap anchors. Free chain by the ton. Salvage. Karma! Sea Swine! Sex and Romance! Dirt Dwellers! What special precautions should you take while anchoring in very shallow water? How do you realistically anchor in 200 feet of depth? And what is the Key Concept to being able to anchor safely-year-after-year-where most sane yachties fear to tread? This is a book that only Cap'n Fatty would dare pen-written in his own inimitable, laid-back style.

Surviving Jamestown

Author: Gail Langer Karwoski
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
ISBN: 1561457558
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In 1606, King James I granted a charter to a group of London businessmen known as the Virginia Company to establish an English settlement in North America. In 1607, 104 men set sail aboard three tiny ships on a voyage to a new land. What they found became the first permanent English settlement in the New World - Jamestown. Among the brave adventurers who made the journey was a young boy named Samuel Collier, the page of famed Captain John Smith. Samuel accompanied Smith on the legendary journey to meet the Algonquin leader Powhatan. Disease, famine, and continuing attacks by neighboring Algonquin Indians took a tremendous toll on the settlers. Samuel was one of the few to survive the harsh realities of the New World during the first few years of Jamestown. Based on author Gail Karwoski's careful research of the era, this fictional account portrays the struggles and successes of our country's earliest settlers, as seen through the life of a young man. Young readers will enjoy following this story of courage and survival while learning about this important period in the history of the United States.