This page is dedicated to the books that help us dream and educate us in the process. Let us know if you have recommendations for books that are not on the list yet.
This is a hefty tomb of a paperback book. I consider it to be a classic reference and it has some pretty cool ideas for older boats, such as converting a berth in the forepeak into a desk. Who would have thought? Ferenc Mate’, I guess. This book is not for the faint at heart since most of the ideas require good wood working skills. But hey, I can always hire someone to do it for me.
Jim Trefethen lays out his plan for saving money, paying cash, and getting out there cruising within 5 years. This book was written before the latest stock market crash and the deflation of housing values, thus I’m not sure if all the advice he gives would be applicable today. That being said, I found most of his ideas made good sense, even if not all of them would work for us. He did give me good food for thought in terms of boats being a liability, not an asset. This book is an interesting read because the author is entertaining, but not a ‘must have’ in my opinion.
This book has a ton of useful information and will be a valuable reference for us. One thing that is interesting and thought-provoking is at the end of each chapter author John Vigor has a section called ‘Think Inverted’. This is basically an area where he gives the readers questions to ask themselves about how different areas of the boat would behave if turned upside down, God forbid. He also has a recipe for beer bread in the book. Can’t beat that with a stick.
By Don Casey, I believe this will be an in valuable reference as we get serious about buying our next boat. Don makes the case that one should not rely on one’s heart when buying an old boat. Probably good advice, Don. Glad we have this book to help us.
Okay, so I bought this book because of the cover. I’m interested in junk rigs, and also in learning what I can about living lean on the water. I’m not a luddite and I’m not likely to sail as simply as Annie Hill does, but I admire her ability to live the way she does and hope I’ll learn some useful things in this book. Also, interestingly, the photos she has of the salon and main cabin in her boat show that she sails on a very comfortable boat. I don’t know if this is going to be a ‘must have’ book, but it’s likely to be a worthy read.
It’s like the Bible with pictures and diagrams. How did we get by without this book so far? It’s possible that I might actually be able, some day, to take apart and re-assemble a starter by using this book as a reference. I hope I don’t have to, but if I ever have to try, the 4 pages of detailed photographs in this book will increase my confidence. This book will have it’s own shrine on our book shelf, I’m thinking.
This book is like a textbook on cruising sailboats, including a large section where the author, Charles J. Doane, reviews suitable blue water boats. That’s pretty much why I bought the book, but he also has good sections on cockpits, rigging, steering systems, and the like. Probably a good book for us to have right now.
Classic Pardey. Not having this book in the library is probably about like having an American Literature library without Faulkner or Hemingway. One would be ashamed to admit it. The Pardeys certainly have strong opinions about their own brand of cruising. Whether you agree with them or not, it’s worth the read.
Actually, we have volume one of this book and it is total eye candy. I want volume 2 and will add it to our library shortly. Ferenc Mate’ is an entertaining writer, and the photographs are large and glossy. This book will cause price creep in one’s search for a good old boat, so beware.
This is a good reference book. Greg Nestor provides basic reviews of 20 good old boats in the 30-38 foot range. I wish this book had photos. It does have a drawing of each boat, but photos would make it a more complete reference for me. I do like it that the author gives information on how each boat performs under sail.
I bought this book last year and let’s just say that our copy is already ‘well loved’. This book is full of practical information, as well as savvy financial advice. There is a chapter on provisioning for long voyages, and even information on getting exercise during days when land is not in sight. The chapter that has been most useful to me is the one on what makes a good ‘blue water’ boat. There are lots of details about things like ventilation while at sea, adequate stowage, and deck layout, for example.
I’d say that this book represents the opposite end of the spectrum from the Pardey books. Although Beth Leonard does compare three styles of cruising in terms of finances, it’s clear that the boat she owns cost much more than most of us can spend. Still, she’s a very experienced sailor and writes very well. Even if, like us, you can’t afford a boat like her Hawk, the book is well worth having.
The mind of a sailor, the soul of a poet. I couldn’t put it down. May as well buy this book because it belongs on your permanent bookshelf. Read it. Then read his others too.