Short reading list for lowcostvoyaging gang.

So I have much longer list of 215 books but for some reason am having issue getting it to display right. Hopefully this shorter list that I culled from the larger one does display. 🙂 these are the howto, and helpfull books that I thought follow some of the topics and character of our conversations on the list.

Ashley, Clifford
Editorial Reviews Review The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinner on the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly lost today. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots–presented through 7,000 illustrations–the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge. Product Description Describes every practical knot, what it looks like, where it comes from, and how to tie it. The book includes 4,000 knots, with all the varieties of shipboard knots as well as knots used by butchers, steeplejacks, electric linesmen, knitters, cobblers, surgeons, poachers and cowboys. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Bannerot, Scott
International Marine/
Ragged Mountain Press Book Description “The definitive book.” -Cruising World “Every culture has its bible, and until now, there wasn’t one for the voyager with a passion for catching fish.” –Ocean Navigator Here is the first-ever complete guide to finding, catching, processing, and cooking fish from the decks of a slow-moving cruising sail- or powerboat. Scott and Wendy Bannerot have successfully cruise-fished tropical and temperate seas for more than two decades. From the Publisher You want to catch fish? You must learn to think like one. No one has spent more time pondering the wily ways of underseas creatures than Scott and Wendy Bannerot. They impart a boatload of hard-earned knowledge and practical advice gleaned from an unparalleled background in commercial fishing, the fiercely competitive Islamorada, Florida Keys sportfishing fleet, and extensive long-distance cruising. From the backwaters and shallows to the deep blue sea, if there are fish to be had, the Bannerots get them. You want to catch fish? Read this book. –Herb McCormick, Editor, Cruising World Magazine “Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing is jam-packed with solid advice on tackle and techniques proven to catch fish almost anywhere in the world’s oceans. It’s clear that Scott and Wendy Bannerot have gone out there and actually done it.” –Barry Gibson, Editor, Salt Water Sportsman “Cruising sailors are legendary for their inability to catch fish, and it isn’t for lack of trying. With the publication of Scott and Wendy Bannerot’s definitive book there is no excuse not to catch breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Having fished with Scott and Wendy many a day, I’ve witnessed their uncanny abilities firsthand. This future classic is destined to be on every sailboat and motor cruiser.” –Peter Jenkins, best-selling author of Along the Edge of America and A Walk across America “It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the world writing this book this well. The Bannerots combine their remarkable sailing and cruising experience with a tremendous knowledge of fish and love of catching them, offering both novices and seasoned veterans a definitive work replete with fascinating anecdotes and specific information.” –Doug Olander, Editor in Chief, Sport Fishing Magazine “On top of all their other fishing advice, Scott and Wendy Bannerot include here a fine introduction to fly-fishing for the experienced cruiser. In a nutshell: keep it simple and don’t be intimidated. All over the world, cruisers will find themselves in places where they’ll want to leave the heavy gear in the racks and grab the fly rod. The Bannerots will help them get into fish.” –Jim Butler, Editor in Chief, Fly Rod & Reel Magazine “This is the ultimate guide to harvesting the sea. It should be aboard every cruising boat.” –Steve Dashew “This is one of the most comprehensive, easy to read, ‘how-to-fish’ books I’ve come across. It covers the whole gamut of fishing techniques from how to catch your bait and rig your gear to processing your catch, all from the perspective of a cruising yacht. A great informative reference and a good read.” –Wade Whitelaw, Fisheries Research Scientist, Secretariat of the Pacific Community “This is more than a first-class instruction manual on fishing for ocean cruisers. It is a wonderful reference work that will make fishing easier and more productive regardless of the equipment you have available or the exotic location you choose to wet a line.” –Gary Caputi, The Big Game Fishing Journal “Cruising and fishing coincide in most coastal locales, so why not keep some fishing tackle aboard your boat–and a copy of The Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing with it? Scott and Wendy Bannerot have created a blueprint for sailboaters or power cruisers on the best ways to use their tackle.” –Joe Healy, Editor, Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine “Scott and Wendy Bannerot’s writing is wonderful; it’s both authoritative and inclusive, as if some grizzled fisherman threw his arm around your shoulders and patiently explained the essentials of fishing as you walked down the dock. Not only will voyagers benefit from

Belcher, Bill.
International Marine
After viewing two examples of home-built Belcher inspired self-steering gears, I was eager to get hold of the book their builders used to make them. I was not disappointed. After skimming over the theory part,(I’ll get back to that later) I cut to the chase and read the example drawings near the end. It soon all made sense. A reasonably proficient DYI person can put a gear together at very reasonable cost in comparison with the commercially available models. So simple… The ones I saw were rough and ready but one could refine the finish if so inclined. I would have liked to see some 3D drawings and/or photos to make the concepts more quickly accessible to the average reader. In the Foreward, H.G. “Blondie” Hasler, a pioneer in self-steering development, endorses the book, saying, “For the reader who wants concise and clear instructions on how to plan and build his own vane-steering gear, this is just about the best book I’ve yet seen, and I would gladly go to sea with any of the gears he recommends.” (1982) Belcher really did “write the book” on self steering systems and provides simple to follow diagrams and patterns for vertical, horizontal, and servo-pendulum systems. Even if you’re not planning on building your own, it’s nice to understand the basic concepts of what they do, how they work, and the pros and cons of the different systems. If you do decide to get this book, remember that some of the more simplistic designs can be scaled down and rigged on a dinghy for almost no money at all. A few bucks in plywood and some pvc pipes could get you a small self steering system. Don’t worry about trying to build a servo-pendulum system for your 50′ sailboat right off the bat. Start simple, start easy. Bill Belcher’s book helps you do that.

Biddlecombe, George
Dover Publications

Book Description The best manual ever produced on rigging a sailing ship, based on extensively revised and updated 1848 edition prepared by Biddlecombe, Master in the Royal Navy. Complete definition of terms, on-shore operations, process of rigging ships, reeving the running rigging and bending sails, rigging brigs, yachts and small vessels, more. 17 plates.

Brown, Larry
International Marine Publishing Book Description Brown discusses the approaches to eating, sleeping, sanitation, storage, and safety on the smallest (15- to-24-foot) cruising sailboats, and reviews the various hull forms and sail plans available. This book is a revised edition of Brown’s Sailing on a Microbudget, which reviewers called “the winner for daysailing and weekend cruising” (ENSIGN) and “a real joy to read, reaffirming the adage that `simple is better’ with compact grace and style” (Small Boat Journal).

Calder, Nigel
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press Do yourself a favor: if you own a boat, you should also own the Boatowner’s Mechanical & Electrical Manual. Written in a simple, accessible style, the Manual is aimed at helping the nonexpert solve problems in marine systems–think of it as a friendly mechanic. Author Nigel Calder explains how the systems work, helps you troubleshoot and identify problems, and presents clear and concise instructions on how to repair them. Best of all, Calder also offers helpful advice on how to prevent future system failure. Absolutely indispensable for boat owners. –M. Stein Review Practical Sailor : “An impressive compilation of advice on boat equipment and systems–one of the best we’ve seen–Much of the information cannot be found anywhere else.” Professional Boat Builder : “Several feet of shelf space in [our] technical library is devoted to material published in recent years on marine systems for small craft. But the single most frequently reached for reference in this collection is [this book]. . .It has effectively supplanted everything else on that shelf.” Sail : “This book should come as standard equipment with every boat.” WoodenBoat : “A truly remarkable bible–This book is the best kind that I am aware of, and it should become part of the ship’s library for every self-sufficient cruiser.”

Casey, Don
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Review Dockside : “The reader can almost feel the hand-holding this book provides–if [Casey’s other books] are only half as clear as this one, I would want to own them all.” Dockside “The reader can almost feel the hand-holding this book provides-if [Casey’s other books] are only half as clear as this one, I would want to own them all.”

Casey, Don
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Review American Sailor : “An outstanding guide for restoring an older boat; chock-full of information, insights and common sense explanations of the things we all need to know.” Bay & Delta Yachtsman : “Great for the handy person who has just acquired a boat that needs TLC.” Southern Boating : “Casey’s intelligent, practical advice covers just about everything, and his style is just what the doctor ordered for anyone daft enough to want to fix up an old boat.” Bay & Delta Yachtsman “Great for the handy person who has just acquired a boat that needs TLC.”

FitzGerald, Jerome
iUniverse, Inc.
Editorial Reviews Product Description Sea-steading is a unique book. Perhaps more clearly than any other book ever published, Sea-steading goes directly to the core of why some people sail, and why some people would choose to make the sea their home. Filled with theoretical inquiry as well as practical tips, Sea-steading provides the reader with a wealth of information. From sailing techniques, boat maintenance skills, financial savvy, and forage foods-even how to construct a green, self-sufficient ocean going home and see the world; it’s all here! About the Author Jerome W. FitzGerald has taught sailing, sailmaking, rigging, and the techniques of non-engine assisted cruising in Bellingham, Washington for the last ten years. He lives aboard and cruises his sailboat, MACHA, an engineless 52 foot gaff cutter.

FitzGerald, Jerome
IUniverse Editorial Reviews Product Description A sort of sailing book that is seldom seen anymore, Wind and Tide is more concerned with the necessary skills and techniques involved in sailing than the gear. A must have for any that desire to voyage under sail. About the Author Jerome FitzGerald has written numerous articles on sailing and currently cruises his engineless sailboat on the West Coast of the United States.
AN OCEAN TO CROSS: DARING THE ATLANTIC, CLAIMING A NEW LIFE Fordred, Liz 9780071355049 International Marine Publishing From Publishers Weekly Living far from the ocean in Rhodesia in 1980, Fordred and her husband, Pete, decided to sail across the AtlanticAeven though neither of them knew how to sail, and they are both paraplegics due to accidents in their teens. With Olympic-sized will and the support of family, friends and the innumerable generous strangers who befriended them along the way, the resourceful pair built a yacht customized to suit their strengths, then refined, tested and refined it. As Fordred’s down-to-earth narrative makes clear, she and Pete don’t measure success simply by the result, but by the process of doing the work and maintaining the determination and courage to carry on. With wit and biting realism, Fordred describes the six challenging years it took her and her husband to prepare for their journey against formidable obstacles (particularly their lack of funds, lots of bureaucratic red tape and unrelenting public criticism). Her account of successes and setbacks vividly conveys how it felt to be in the hull of their ship breaking a sweat. The book may appeal more to readers seeking a story of inspiration over adversity rather than a straightforward adventure story, however, since the Fordreds’ yearlong journey from South Africa to Florida, where they have since settled, receives less emphasisAperhaps because both the author and her readers know that once the Fordreds have reached the point of departure, absolutely nothing can stand in their way. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. Kirkus, October 2000 (starred review) “A spirited story of adventure on dry land and the high seas….Highly inspiring for the disabled, and for anyone interested in making an adventure of life.”

Forthmann, Peter
Book Description All voyaging sailboats require some form of automatic steering to relieve shorthanded crew from having to steer every minute underway. Electric autopilots are the usual choice for weekending and coastal cruising; voyagers prefer the greater reliability and lower power draw of windvane systems and there are hybrids that offer the best of both worlds. This book explains it all, filling a large gap in the marine how-to literature.

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Hill, Ann
Tiller Publishing
Book Description Giving insight and how-to information on fulfilling the dream of sailing to the far reaches of the globe. About the Author Annie Hill was born in Liverpool, England in 1955. Since 1975 she has cruised and lived with her husband Pete on a number of unusual sailing craft. She has now cruised over 125,ooo miles, crossing the Atlantic 16 times and visiting a variety of countries from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

Leather, John
Wooden Boat Publications
Book Description The historical development & practical application of this traditional rig are thoroughly covered. From the Publisher Originally published in 1974, this Second Edition, is identical to the out of printer version last published in 1994, although it has a new cover artwork, and higher quality paper.

Leonard, Beth A.
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Book Description Here’s how to see the world from your boat. More and more people are taking off on their cruising boats for a few months or even a year. After they’ve tasted the cruising life, prepared and equipped their boats, and developed some experience, many cruisers begin to dream of voyaging farther–maybe even an around-the-world voyage. The Voyager’s Handbook offers specific information for cruisers considering such a vast undertaking. An experienced circumnavigator, author Beth Leonard shows cruisers how to prepare their boat and themselves. She offers complete, up-to-date information on the latest gear and techniques and detaile, hard-earned advice from dozens of experienced sailors, about boats, crew, and costs as well as crucial but easily overlooked aspects of long-distance passagemaking such as health, safety, weather, provisions, fresh water, and foreign port protocol. With a balanced, down-to-earth approach, The Voyager’s Handbook tells it like it is, for any cruiser considering that voyage of a lifetime. From the Back Cover “When other boats scurry back to their berths just ahead of the setting sun you want to keep sailing. You want your tracks to be the only ones on a perfect sand beach of a deserted tropical island. You want to see the green flahs, taste coconut milk from the husk, watch the fish dance at dusk, and share a feast with new friends from other cultures. Perhaps you have cruised for a few months along one of the coasts, for a season in the Caribbean, or for a year in the Atlantic. You probably returned relaxed and contented–full of plans for someday. This book can help you get there. It is written for coastal and limited offshore cruisers who want to make the transition to long-term voyaging. I have tried to capture everything I wish I had known when we set sail that June day.” –from the Prologue by Beth Leonard

Letcher, John S. Jr.
International Marine Publishing Co
This review is from: Self-Steering for Sailing Craft (Hardcover) This is easily THE BEST boat engineering book I’ve ever read. John Letcher applies his considerable engineering knowledge and practical experience to the problem of boat self steering. He uses a systems approach to breakdown all the discrete elements that comprise an effective self steering system. He suggests a methodology of testing to develop each element in a prototype steering system before investing in more permanent materials. The reason for this is the variability in relative steering damping in each boat’s design that every self steering system has to be adapted to, which also helps explain why many commercial windvane steering solutions with their “one size fits all” approach tend to work well only to windward in strong winds. He also gives several “cookbook” solutions that provide an effective design guide book, while pointing out the limitations of this approach. This book has a reputation as being the best book on sheet to tiller steering systems ever written and it deserves praise for this, but it is also the best book written for anyone that wants to design a self steering system for their boat or troubleshoot the flaws and improve the effectiveness of an existing windvane system. This is a comprehensive book on sailboat self-steering. It is divided into two parts. The first part covers the use of sails as controllers for lines that actuate the tiller. The other covers wind vane devices. Letcher is an engineer, he also built his own twenty-foot cutter and sailed it single-handed to Hawaii, then Alaska. He offers the best of both worlds – theoretical, and hands-on. There will be terms like “chord”, “foil”, “lift”, and “fluid dynamics”, as well as a few graphs; bet there will also be narratives about seasickness before hitting the Trades, and sailing full and by to Alaska. His style is not entertaining enough to enthuse someone with no interest in the subject matter, but for the interested, it is quite exciting – imagine chatting with Michael Barrone about demographic trends over pizza and beer. Enjoy!

Little, Douglas
International Marine Publishing
WoodenBoat “Ecologically responsible’ boating strikes the waterways; theory, practice, suppliers; everything you need to know-and then some.” Book Description The EPA says that outboard motors emit nearly 70 times as much pollution as the family car. Here is the first practical handbook for boaters seeking a cleaner, quieter, more relaxed alternative. Readers will find everything they need to know about electricity, batteries, motors, and chargers whether they’re converting an existing boat, buying a commercially available electric boat or building their own boat from scratch.

Marino, Emiliano
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Cruising World “… a clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide to traditional sailmaking.” –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. The Northern Mariner “The author’s depth of experience is make clear… through the excellent reorganization of the material and the remarkable clarity of the writing. There is also a playfulness about the book that reveals more than a sense of humor; it reveals true mastery… While we can take guidance from others, ultimately we must rely on ourselves for fulfillment. Many roads lead there, and with this book, Marino has surely proven that sailmaking is one of them.” –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Mathys, Charles
Bristol Fashion Publications, Inc.
Book Description After years of researching, building and testing many designs and procedures, Charley Mathys has found the answers to inexpensive, Electric Propulsion for Boats. This book starts with an overview of his successes and failures while researching his concepts. With each success and failure Charley moves ahead until you have an excellent understanding of Electric Propulsion For Boats. This book delves deeply into the technical aspects of electric propulsion to more clearly relate the procedures. However, the information remains extremely easy to understand and follow throughout each phase. It will take you through each phase of the required work thoroughly, with detailed explanations for each step along the way. You will not find another book that explains this subject so completely or in such an easily understood format. Although Charley has limited the examples to smaller boats, the processes can be easily modified for larger vessels. If you have an interest in quiet, clean and green propulsion for your boat, this book is the prefect place to start your project. Illustrated

Pardey, Larry and Lin
Paradise Cay Pubns
Shirley Herd Deal, Sea Magazine, 1985 ……..for the beginner or experienced offshore cruising sailor who is contemplating a voyage, this book by one of Americas most famous sailing couples is a must. The valuable information includes ….practical, innovative ideas to better outfit any sailboat. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Bernard Moitessier – Sailor, Author and Adventurer, 1989 I think it wisest to learn from other peoples experience, by reading books. I like Glenans Sailing book and also know an excellent American book written by Lin and Larry Pardey, the Self Sufficient Sailor. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Pardey, Lin
Pardey Books
Review “quite simply, a great book…For any off-shore sailor, I couldn’t recommend it more highly…” –Herb McCormick, Editor, Cruising World Review “A veritable gold mine.” –Richard Buffum, Los Angeles Times

Pardey, Lin
Pardey Books
Editorial Reviews Product
Description In a storm at sea, luck is highly biased toward the sailor who has a plan. So write Lin and Larry Pardey in this, the third edition of their highly regarded Storm Tactics Handbook. As in the first two editions of this book, they describe their concerns about the tendency of modern sailors to discard the classic methods used to bring sailing vessels of all sizes from vast clipper ships to tiny yachts through amazingly strong winds and heavy seas. There is only one storm tactic that has the ability to sap the power of breaking seas, they explain. With clear and concise diagrams, they proceed to show how heaving-to works and how even the most modern of yachts can be made to heave-to, whether with only sail power or with the assistance of a sea anchor. A discussion of the many ways heaving-to can be useful at sea as a way to help the crew keep well rested, to effect repairs, to steady a vessel should outside assistance ever be necessary will convince even those who plan to run before their imagined ultimate storm that heaving-to is still a must know. A series of user-friendly checklists will help sailors from the moment they start looking for their perfect offshore boat, through outfitting, and as they encounter their first storms at sea. Highly readable stories of the Pardeys encounters with storms, and of experiences related by several other modern sailors, help illustrate and expand the points made in this book. Since writing the previous edition of Storm Tactics Handbook, Lin and Larry have voyaged an additional 35,000 miles. This has taken them as far north as Norway, twice across the Atlantic, south to Argentina, into the Pacific, around Cape Horn against the prevailing winds, and then on a circuit of the North Pacific. With insights gained from these recent voyages, they have fully revised and expanded this text by more than 40 percent, including nine completely new chapters. New material includes: Lessons from Cape Horn An interview with the late Sir Peter Blake, on storm survival and heaving-to Heaving-to using a Galerider on 55-foot Morgan s Cloud Adding rudder protection stops Discussions on avoiding chafe, building and using storm staysails, choosing storm gear, deploying para-anchors, avoiding the worst areas of cyclonic storms, and many more have been expanded to answer many questions posed by readers and seminar attendees. Mario Vittone, a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer for 14 years, in an unsolicited testimony, wrote: I have been on several rescues (and heard of many more) that would have been completely unnecessary if the sailboat captains aboard would have . . . practiced the skills taught by Lin and Larry Pardey. Not knowing how to heave-to in bad weather is as inexcusable as not knowing red, right, return . Previous editions of Storm Tactics Handbook have sold more than 32,000 copies worldwide. As recently as November 2007, the second edition ten years after its publication was consistently #1 on for instructional sailing books and #2 for atmospheric science. The companion DVD, Storm Tactics is also available through Amazon From the Publisher The second edition of this book sold over 30,000 copies and drew excellent reviews from all major sources. The newest edition is already in its second printing and is used by many sailing schools as an important part of their curiculum. To be sure you are getting this new edition, look for Storm Tactics Handbook 3rd edition with the cover which shows a boat hove to with a bright orange trysail while a wave is breaking just forward of the bow. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Pardey, Lin
Pardey Books
Editorial Reviews Review When it comes to the subject of capable cruising; the Pardeys have literally and figuratively written the book on it. The lessons they’ve learned after tens of thousands of miles at sea are hard-earned, clearly imparted, and totally invaluable. –Herb McCormick, editor-at-large, Cruising World Magazine Not content to bask in the halo of their accomplishments, cruising s established experts Lin and Larry Pardey are still having fun sailing more than 40 years after launching Seraffyn and the many voyages that established their reputation as sailing leaders. Lin and Larry share what they are continuing to learn about boathandling, life aboard, and safety. The Capable Cruiser is but one of an excellent four-book series which evolves with updates to each book as the cruising lifestyle changes and as the Pardeys discover new tricks to share with fellow sailors. This book, like the others, has been extensively revised with new chapters and current information. It is part of a must-read series for serious sailors. The remainder of the kit includes The Self-Sufficient Sailor, The Cost-Conscious Cruiser, and The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew. Get the newest editions of each of these. Cruising has become more popular in recent decades, but there s still room for you to join the seagoing tribe of cruising sailors. With these books, Lin and Larry Pardey are encouraging you to join them and telling you how. Bon voyage! — –Karen Larson, editor Good Old Boat magazine Lin and Larry have sailed more miles in more different types of boats than just about any couple in history. Their book the Capable Cruiser, now in a revised edition, is the fruit of all that experience. If you are dreaming of sailing the seven seas aboard your own boat, then you need to read the Capable Cruiser both for the knowledge it imparts and the sensible seamanship that runs through every page. –George Day, editor, Blue Water Sailing, Cruising Quarterly and Cruising Compass Product Description This revised and expanded third edition of a cruising classic includes 10 completely new chapters with such advice as: sixteen ways to encourage your lover (partner) to share your dream; strategies for turning sudden engine failure into a minor incident; choosing safety equipment; repairing rigging at sea. Their extensive coverage of anchoring situations including how to set up an efficent stern anchor system plus the secton on sailing out of trouble if your engine fails, could be the most important chapters you ever read. All of the original chapters of this book have been updated to ensure that the information will be helpful for everyone who dreams of cruising whether now or soon. The Capable Cruiser is a logical extension of the Pardeys The Self-Sufficient Sailor, with more emphasis on seamanship underway, including careful analysis of extreme anchoring situations and solutions for mitigating them. Underlying each and every chapter is the warmth and encouragement that spurred Herb McCormick, former editor of Cruising World magazine, to label Lin and Larry Pardey the enablers.

THE WEATHER WIZARD’S CLOUD BOOK: A UNIQUE WAY TO PREDICT THE WEATHER ACCURATELY AND EASILY BY READING THE CLOUDS Rubin, Sr., Louis D. 9780912697109 Algonquin Books San Francisco Chronicle “You don’t want to start the new year without [it].” Book Description 1. Figure out which way the wind is blowing. 2. Look at the clouds overhead. 3. Match the clouds you see with one of the full-color cloud photographs in “The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book,” and the caption beneath the photograph will tell you what kind of weather to expect. With amazing accuracy, this simple system can account for swiftly changing local weather developments more effectively than weather maps or official area forecasts, which are issued well in advance of weather conditions.

Street, Donald M.
W W Norton & Co Ltd

Street, Donald M.
W W Norton & Co Inc

Swain, Brent
Self Published

Toss, Brion
International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Editorial Reviews Review “A masterpiece on the subject of rigging.” — Sailing Product Description Combining and updating the renowned Rigger’s Apprentice and Rigger’s Locker, meets the changing face of modern materials and technology while remaining true to rigging’s best traditional principles and practices. It’s much more than a knot book, though the knots a sailor needs are all here. It’s a book for sailors who want the satisfaction and hard-cash savings of stepping their own masts, inspecting and maintaining their own rigs, and turning their own tailsplices and wire eyesplices. It is for boatowners who want to replace an entire gang of rigging themselves–measuring, choosing appropriate wire, turning soft eyes, leathering, and serving. It is for bluewater voyagers who want to feel secure in the knowledge that, should a shroud carry away far at sea, they will be able to repair it. The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice is also a free-roaming collection of useful ideas and tips on everything from supplementing winches with block and tackle, to rigging snubbers at anchor, to using pantyhose for an emergency fanbelt. In short, it’s the definitive book on the art of rigging, written by its most entertaining practitioner.

BOATOWNER’S ILLUSTRATED ELECTRICAL HANDBOOK Wing, Charlie 9780071446440 International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press Book Description Keep your boat’s electrical systems running and reliable “Boatowner’s Illustrated Electrical Handbook is perfect for learning how your boat’s electrical system and much of its equipment works, and it will be an invaluable guide when adding equipment as well. This book needs to be in every boater’s library as a ready reference on how to make effective repairs and modifications that comply with ABYC standards.”-Ed Sherman, Senior Instructor and Curriculum Designer, American Boat and Yacht Council “A definitive technical book that is easy to read. Buy this book and throw out the rest.”-Motorboat & Yachting Whether you take to the sea under power or sail, bounce around the bay in your runabout, or cross oceans in your cruiser, you’ll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boat’s DC and AC electrical systems with this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide. Tackle onboard electrical projects and learn how to: Meet ABYC standards for both DC and AC wiring Install solar- and wind-power systems Add electrical components Prevent corrosion of your electrical system . . . and more From the Back Cover Keep your boat’s electrical systems running and reliable “Boatowner’s Illustrated Electrical Handbook is perfect for learning how your boat’s electrical system and much of its equipment works, and it will be an invaluable guide when adding equipment as well. This book needs to be in every boater’s library as a ready reference on how to make effective repairs and modifications that comply with ABYC standards.”-Ed Sherman, Senior Instructor and Curriculum Designer, American Boat and Yacht Council “A definitive technical book that is easy to read. Buy this book and throw out the rest.”-Motorboat & Yachting Whether you take to the sea under power or sail, bounce around the bay in your runabout, or cross oceans in your cruiser, you’ll find everything you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your boat’s DC and AC electrical systems with this comprehensive and fully illustrated guide. Tackle onboard electrical projects and learn how to: Meet ABYC standards for both DC and AC wiring Install solar- and wind-power systems Add electrical components Prevent corrosion of your electrical system . . . and more Charlie Wing received his Ph.D. in oceanography from MIT. Since then, he has spent his career explaining how things work. He founded two do-it-yourself house-building schools, hosted a PBS series on energy conservation, and has written more than a dozen top-selling do-it-yourself books. Wing lived aboard his boat for six years, during which he wrote the first edition of this book.

1 comment to Short reading list for lowcostvoyaging gang.

  • Richard Lord

    Excellent list of “Must Have” books aboard..!!

    Really enjoyed your selections and I agree whole heartedly..

    Richard William Lord

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