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Featured Book

The Complete Sailor by David Seidman

This is probably the best all-round book on sailing available. It is an ideal primer, and used as both beginner and advanced textbook in countless sailing classes throughout the country. Illustrated with delightful and instructive line drawings throughout, this book is a joy to read. It covers all of the basics in a very easy to read style, with numerous beautiful and informative illustrations.

I give copies of this book to any of my friends who express an interest in learning to sail, and use it as my textbook for all of my training classes. It's suitable for committed beginners and also anyone who already knows the basics but wants to learn more. There's no doubt that the best feature of this book is the illustrations - if you're a visual learner, or just need plain instructions to basic sailing concepts, you won't find a better book.

 

How Boat Things Work : An Illustrated Guide

Discover the intricate workings of sailboats and powerboats from ground tackle to propulsion gear--and everything in between!

Whether you're a new mariner or a lifetime veteran, How Boat Things Work is a resource you can't afford to be without. With intricate two-color cutaway drawings of eighty different systems and devices, as well as detailed explanations of how they're assembled, how they work, and how they can go wrong, this book covers every primary component of your boat's inner workings. Systems explored include:

  • Engines, transmissions, bearings, stuffing boxes, propellers
  • Steering systems, autopilots, windvanes, compasses
  • Rigging, splicing, line handling, block and tackle, sail controls
  • Anchors and windlasses
  • DC and AC electrical systems
  • Pumps, toilets, seacocks, freshwater systems

This introduction to the secret lives of boats is also the ideal complement to your troubleshooting and repair manuals and instructions. How Boat Things Work will be a welcome companion on every voyage you take.

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

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 in Nigel Calder¡¯s Cruising Handbook. The author -- one of the most respected marine how-to authors on either side of the Atlantic, and author of the universally admired Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, -- 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.

The first half of the book includes an easy-to-use tabular method for evaluating a boat's suitability for cruising; ideas for workable deck and interior lay-outs and organization; how to choose and configure suitable boat systems for cruising; and how to install gear for trouble free operation.

The book's second half teaches you boat handling skills; core navigational expertise; anchoring techniques; weather understanding; heavy weather expertise; and specific skills for long-term and long-distance cruising.

 

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