A list of great books….(subject to ongoing additions)

These are fiction and non fiction, technical and entertaining…..in no particular order…This first incarnation of this entry is just off the top of my head….

Cruising Handbook….

Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual……

Marine Diesel Engines….

How to Read a Nautical Chart…..

all by Nigel Calder…basically anything by him is well worth reading

Airborne by William F. Buckley

Longitude by Dava Sobel

Seamanship Secrets by John Jamieson

The Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing by Scott and Wendy Bannerot

Storm Tactics by Lin and Larry Pardey

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum

Adrift by Steven Callahan

An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof

Inspecting the Aging Sailboat by Don Casey

The Next Port by Heyward Coleman

More to come……

While this link may not display these books initially ALMOST all of these titles are available through Amazon…..


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I'm the average sailor...converted from a landlubber of course. While I was born with a love of the ocean it has evolved into a love of sailboats and other vessels that ply the open seas and connected waterways. I am probably like most of the people who (hopefully) will read our blog with the exception that we are now doing what we always dreamed of doing and I hope to help others do the same. I am NOT any of the following...a naval architect, a marine surveyor or connected commercially to any builder, distributor or boat sales organization. My opinions are generally my own, although influenced by many years of research.

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