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The best sailing books & cruising guides of 2021

  • Julia Jones
  • November 3, 2021

Julia Jones reviews the latest maritime reading and picks the best sailing books, cruising guides and pilot books of 2021

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What have been your favourite sailing books of 2021?

Yachting Monthly’s literary contributor Julia Jones reviews the sailing books released this year. Julia reviews hundreds of books each year for YM and here she’s selected some of the best she has read this year, from the best non-fiction sailing books, to the best practical sailing books and more.

To see the full list of Yachting Monthly’s sailing book reviews, head over to our Yachting Monthly Book Club pages.

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Best sailing books of 2021, madhouse at the end of the world.

There’s a startling opening to Madhouse at the End of the World a sailing book recounting the Belgica ’s 1897-9 expedition to the Antarctic.

Frederick Cook, a doctor, serving 14 years for fraud in Leavenworth Goal, Kansas, has finished his voluntary night duty among the inmates howling from the agony of opium deprivation, when he is visited by the most famous polar explorer of this generation, Roald Amundsen.

Julian Sancton’s impressive research and incisive writing style ensures that this lockdown story grips like the pack ice.

Buy  Madhouse at the End of the World from Amazon

Birth of a Solo Sailor

The most lively and unusual bluewater cruiser book that I’ve read this year.

Maik Ulmschneider’s story – or stories – begin in the autumn of 2019 when he and his partner split up in Suriname (on the north coast of South America) and he was charged with returning her two dogs safely to the USA.

Ulmschneider, from Stralsund in the Baltic, had thus become a solo sailor by default.

His energetic invitation to the reader to become part of the crew on his steel ketch Seefalke extends to chapters where the reader is offered different choices of action, before the author reveals what actually occurred.

Buy Birth of a Solo Sailor from Amazon

Island on the Edge: a life on Soay

Island on the Edge is a good read at a time when very many of us, even living on land, have needed to question our expectations.

The author arrives on Soay by fishing boat upon which island she begins a transition to a new life from her earlier life as a graphic designer in London. The book explores her extraordinary unpreparedness for life on a small island with (then) only a handful of residents.

She had no idea of the practicalities of living outside the social infrastructure of utility supply, communications, consumer goods – and regular income.

Were it not for the kindness of her neighbours she is clear that she would not have survived.

The population of Soay has fallen during Anne Cholawo’s life there. She is now one of only three permanent inhabitants.

Buy Island on the Edge: a life on Soay from Amazon

Life on Board Medway Queen

This slim 28-page booklet is the latest from the worthwhile Medway Queen Preservation Society.

It’s a treat for social history enthusiasts as it offers first-hand accounts from two men who joined Paddle Steamer Medway Queen in the immediate post-war period when she was back to work as an excursion steamer.

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Farewell Mr Puffin

Farewell Mr Puffin describes a voyage north – sometimes solo, other times with crew – which Paul Heiney made in the Brexit referendum summer of 2016.

It took him from Suffolk to Iceland where Wild Song over-wintered at Reykjavik. Then they ventured further to cross the Arctic Circle.

As Heiney sets off up the British East Coast, visiting ports such as Blyth, Peterhead and Wick, he’s inspired by the idea of North, the anticipated tang of that pure cold air and the sense of following in the wake of past fishermen.

Buy  Farewell Mr Puffin from Amazon

The Backside of Normal: a sailing life of adventure

If your starting point is Los Angeles then your cruising ground is immediately the Pacific.

Roger Olson’s first expeditions took him to Catalina Island and down the coast of Mexico.

An unexpected divorce in his 30s kickstarted a reappraisal of his life and its priorities. Soon he was setting out for the Marquesas and beyond.

The Backside of Normal: a sailing life of adventure, written aged 80 gives an account of what he experienced and discovered.

Buy  The Backside of Normal: a sailing life of adventure from Amazon

Best sailing skills books

The practical guide to celestial navigation.

The word ‘Practical’ in this book’s title is a good one.

There are those with fine-tuned minds who love  celestial navigation  for its own sake; for the intellectual beauty of its concepts and the sense of being at one with the structure of this universe and beyond.

There are others (like the present writer) who feel a headache approaching at the very sight of astro-navigation tables so hurry to deny its necessity in the new happy world of  GPS .

Phil Somerville leads the reader in gently, pointing out the electronic drain of GPS on the systems of an ocean-going yacht and also its vulnerability, both to electronic failure and to malice.

Buy The Practical Guide to Celestial Navigation from Amazon

The Book of Knots

Most yachtsmen value knots for their practical utility.

This book sorts them by construction and typing method rather than function. Its sections therefore are bends, loops, hitches, lashings, coils, stoppers and whippings.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to know how to tie a Hangman’s Noose though the knot histories are interesting.

I suppose if one had failed to master the Highwayman’s Hitch (for a quick getaway) then one might well discover the special qualities of Jack Ketch’s knot ‘designed to withstand a heavy shock-loading in rope’. These days its use is for fishermen.

This book makes the reader aware of a community of knotting web masters who ‘represent every kind of knot application, from the basic to the bizarre.’

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Imray Explorer Guides: Tides, Tidal Streams, The Moon

These three small booklets represent an interesting new ‘explainer’ approach.

A very few concepts are introduced in each booklet with infographics, links to download and construct simple paper models, calculation pages and (most important) clues to lookout for in the real world.

The three booklets are closely linked by both style and content, with a significant amount of repetition being used to ensure that connections are made.

While readers may wonder at this use of paper, teachers will recognise an essential technique. It also means that the books can be read in any order.

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Best cruising guides and pilot books

Reeds 9 language handbook.

The Reeds 9 Language Handbook may not have been flying off the shelves during the Covid pandemic, but for anyone with aspirations ever to cruise beyond UK waters again, I’d suggest it’s a must-have.

This pocket-sized volume contains specific boat-related vocabulary in French, Danish, Dutch, German Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Greek.

It’s very well thought out, being divided into sections relating to the boat, ‘Under Way’ (this includes harbour formalities), maintenance and repairs, emergencies.

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North Brittany and Channel Islands Cruising Companion

The North Brittany and Channel Islands Cruising Companion is a sailing book that epitomises the best qualities of a cruising companion.

It’s thorough, well-informed, full of good suggestions and possesses the invaluable quality of intensifying enjoyment without bossily directing it.

It covers the area from Cherbourg and the Contenin peninsula to Ushant and the harbours of the Chenal du Four.

An example of unexpectedness is the reminder that Ushant / Ile d’Ouessant is more than an iconic seamark, it’s also a community which, if you have time and the weather is settled you might visit.

Buy  North Brittany and Channel Islands Cruising Companion from Amazon

The Canal Guide: Britain’s 55 best canals

I’d love to see the author of  The Canal Guide: Britain’s 55 best canals,  Stuart Fisher, on Mastermind:

His apparently effortless outpouring of information on matters far removed from his specialist subject of Britain’s canals would surely make him unbeatable in the general knowledge rounds.

As previously in his excellent guides to Coastal Britain (two volumes – England and Scotland) the reader is treated to a scintillating riff of facts – about plants, pubs, history, literature, film sets, architecture, place names as well as the detail of canal history and engineering.

There’s not a dull page in the book.

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32 Best Sailing Books For Current and Future Yachtsmen

Heading out on a sailing adventure? Need some inspiration away from the YouTube creators we often featured? Then you’re in the right place.

We have rounded up the best books for sailing enthusiasts. You’ll find highly respected books on racing, cruising and sailboat maintenance for your next adventure on the open seas!

1. Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition

One of the best sailing books available, the Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition is a comprehensive book with descriptions, illustrations, and pictures for every situation.

Whether the need is a guide for it all or looking for some tips, the book has an easy-to-use index that makes it simple to find information. 

2. The Complete Sailing Manual  

The Complete Sailing Manual by Steve Sleight is a detailed book written by sailors for sailors. 

It delves into the latest advancements in sailing, keeping the reader updated and ready to handle any situation.

3. Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die

Searching for a new, exciting place to sail can be exhausting. Chris Santella has an extensive list of options to bring back that exhilaration.

The handy guide gets inspiration by asking well-known sailors and athletes about their favorite places to sail.

4. The Ultimate Book of Everyday Knots  

Every sailor needs to know how to tie a good knot, and Geoffrey Budworth has a fantastic instruction tool to start.

This book has illustrations of common knots used in sailing and other sports, with directions to ensure every tie is a success.

5. Bargain Boats and Budget Cruising  

Sailing can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to be. Todd Duff has expert advice to keep the cost down.

This guide goes through the process of finding an economical boat and refitting it, so you can enjoy the water without breaking the bank.

6. Illustrated Sail & Rig Tuning  

Sometimes a picture can be just what’s needed, and Ivar Dedekam has detailed illustrations for everything relating to sailing.

This handy guide explains the necessities of sailing and the theories to get the most out of any boat.

7. The Alaska Cruise Handbook  

The wild waters of Alaska are a worthy goal for any sailor. With insights from Joe Upton, planning a journey through the Alaskan coast is more than practical.

Plan ports and explore the natural beauties of Alaska from the comfort of a personal sailboat.

8. The Sailing Bible

Jeremy Evans, Pat Manley, and Barrie Smith put together an extensive work covering the basics of sailing to niche activities like racing.

Even the most seasoned sailors can find something in one of the best sailing books around to enrich their knowledge, and beginners will feel ready to hit the water.

9. World Cruising Essentials  

Taking on a long voyage can seem like a daunting task. Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Essentials makes the trip doable. This happens to be my favorite book on this list!

Learn about everything to prepare for the cruise and get crucial tips for spending the days at sea.

10. Landfalls of Paradise  

Exploring the Pacific Islands can be a dreamy escape, and Earl R. Hinz’s writing makes it a carefree journey.

This guide has updated charts and descriptions to help make any sailing through the Pacific Islands easy to plan and execute. 

11. The Voyager’s Handbook  

Extended trips are one of the most fulfilling ways to experience life on the open seas, and Beth Leonard has a handbook to achieve it. Another personal favorite!

It not only covers the essentials needed on the boat but explains practical tips for keeping boat life enjoyable.

12. The World’s Best Sailboats: Boxset Vol.1&2  

Ferenc Máté’s The World’s Best Sailboats has detailed pictures, illustrations, and descriptions of the finest boats in the world. Enjoy appreciating the fine craftsmanship while learning what makes certain boats excel.

This volume isn’t only fun to flick through as its information can be invaluable when selecting a boat.

13. The Big Book of Boat Canvas  

Customizing a boat can be a fun way to make the vessel feel like home. One option is canvas, and Karen Lipe is here to explain multiple sewing projects.

From practical objects like sail covers to interior cushions, the options are endless in this handbook.

14. Sailing: The Basics  

Newcomers will appreciate Dave Franzel’s book as it helps people get on the water and become sailors in no time. It follows his fundamental principle that time in the water is key to learning, so it gets through the essentials fast.

Get from the docks to the water in record time, and feel confident doing it.

15. The Blue Book of Sailing  

Adam Cort hopes to take the reader of any experience level and turn them into true sailing experts. Through simple lessons, it explains everything needed to sail.

Some basic knowledge of sailing can be necessary for reading, but anyone will benefit from the tips.

16. BoatSense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer’s Life Afloat  

Combining narrative and guidebook, the unique BoatSense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer’s Life Afloat gives realistic tips based on Doug Logan’s experience.

The true tales from this sailor aren’t just for fun, as they pleasantly explain crucial teachings that are usually exclusive to years of sailing.

17. The International Marine Book of Sailing  

The International Marine Book of Sailing by William Robinson is great for beginners looking to learn everything. 

This book has handy illustrations and other valuable insights neatly organized to get the reader ready to sail as soon as possible.

18. The Ashley Book of Knots  

This comprehensive book covers around 3,900 types of knots with brief descriptions, drawn guides, and other information. 

This manual not only covers basic knots but includes complex versions that can be used on the boat or to impress friends.

19. The Handbook Of Sailing  

For visual learners, Bob Bond has thousands of diagrams and color photos to explore the basic techniques of setting sail. 

The guidebook has helpful descriptions to accompany the pictures and assists the reader through any situation.

20. Sailing America  

See the beauties of the United States from coast to coast in this picture collection from Onne van der Wal. Enjoy the views from the sea without even sailing across thousands of miles.

Whether it’s for inspiration or to admire the expert photography, any sailor can appreciate the beautiful landscapes in this book.

21. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship  

Another comprehensive guide that covers everything from the basics to handling extreme conditions. John Rousmaniere is on hand to get the reader for any sailing situation.

This book progresses from the simplest tasks to the most challenging endeavors, with traditional techniques mixed with newer innovations.

22. Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of the Offshore Yachts 

Searching for a sea-worthy vessel can be a challenging task, but Steven L. Davis aims to make it much easier.

This guidebook examines trends and other information to prepare the reader for the boat market. That data will be invaluable to understanding what to look for when choosing their own.

23. Sailing Is Fun!: A Beginners Manual For Young Sailors  

Kids looking to sail can learn the basics from Charles D. Dawson. His book uses only simple terms, making it easy for children to follow.

It stresses water safety to keep youngsters safe, and it’s an invaluable tool for anyone wanting to pass on sailing traditions.

24. The Best Used Boat Notebook  

A cost-effective way to get into sailing is through a used boat, and The Best Used Boat Notebook from John Kretschmer gives every tip needed. 

This detailed guide breaks down the specifics any potential boat owner should know.

25. The Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands 

Explore the crystal waters of the Virgin Islands with help from Simon Scott’s experience. 

It also includes a handy chart that folds out to aid your plans for the sailing voyage.

26. Marina’s Best  

A significant portion of sailing is in marinas, and anyone hoping to manage their marina can get the knowledge necessary from Dr. Amos Raviv.

This work guides the reader through everything necessary to run a marina and ensures sailors understand the rules and regulations of marina use.

27. Crewing to Win

Racing sailboats is an intense sport, and it relies on crew teamwork. To build the best team, try reading Crewing to Win by Saskia Clark.

This handbook explains how to form a team, set goals, and keep things running smoothly out on the water.

28. Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes

Outrigger canoes are a unique and traditional form of sailing, often handmade by indigenous Hawaiians .

Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes by Gary Dierking helps explain the best way to create an outrigger canoe with contemporary methods.

29. Reeds Skipper’s Handbook  

Owning a small index of essential knowledge can be invaluable at sea, and Malcolm Pearson’s Reeds Skipper’s Handbook is just that.

This book is an indispensable guide for any experienced sailor, as it’s easy to reference and find exactly what you’re looking for.

30. The Best of Sail Trim  

This volume is a compilation of the best articles from SAIL magazine, collected for ease of access. Explore tips ranging from cruises to racing.

The information in this book is easy and enjoyable to read while giving plenty of priceless tips.

31. Elvstrøm Explains the Racing Rules: 2021-2024 Rules  

Get into racing with this complete guide Elvstrøm Explains the Racing Rules: 2021-2024 Rules. Written by the Olympic sailor Paul Elvstrom, learn all the ins and outs to win first place.

This book has a quick reference guide for racing flags and ways to help plan the best course.

32. Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under Power  

Docking a boat can be one of the most challenging tasks a sailor can undertake. Maneuver and Dock Your Sailboat Under Power by Grant Headifen prepares the reader for docking in any condition.

Feel confident sailing into the marina with one of the best sailing books focused on navigation, and never risk bumping into the docks again.

The Best Books for Learning Navigation and Seamanship

Embarking on a sailing adventure with your family is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it's essential to be well-prepared and knowledgeable about navigation and seamanship to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Embarking on a sailing adventure with your family is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it’s essential to be well-prepared and knowledgeable about navigation and seamanship to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best books available for learning these crucial skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sailor looking to expand your knowledge, these books will provide valuable insights and guidance.

Table of Contents

Introduction to navigation and seamanship, books for beginners, books for intermediate sailors, books for advanced sailors, books on celestial navigation, books on weather and oceanography.

Before diving into our book recommendations, it’s essential to understand the importance of navigation and seamanship. Navigation is the art and science of determining your position and planning a safe and efficient route from one location to another. Seamanship encompasses the skills, knowledge, and techniques required to operate a boat safely and efficiently.

Both navigation and seamanship are critical for a successful sailing adventure. A solid foundation in these areas will help you avoid potential dangers, make informed decisions, and ensure the safety of your crew and vessel.

If you’re new to sailing or looking to brush up on the basics, these books provide an excellent introduction to navigation and seamanship.

1. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition by John Rousmaniere

This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of sailing, from boat handling and safety to navigation and weather. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is widely regarded as the definitive resource for sailors of all skill levels. The fourth edition has been updated to include the latest advancements in sailing technology and safety practices.

2. Chapman Piloting & Seamanship by Charles B. Husick

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship is another classic and comprehensive guide to all aspects of boating. This book covers everything from boat handling and maintenance to navigation, weather, and safety. The latest edition includes updated information on electronic navigation, communication systems, and safety equipment.

3. The Complete Sailor: Second Edition by David Seidman

The Complete Sailor is an excellent introduction to the world of sailing, covering everything from boat types and rigging to navigation and safety. The book’s clear, concise writing style and helpful illustrations make it an accessible and enjoyable read for beginners. The second edition includes updated information on modern sailing technology and techniques.

If you have some sailing experience under your belt and are looking to expand your knowledge, these books offer more in-depth information on navigation and seamanship.

4. Coastal Navigation: The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instruction by Tom Cunliffe

This book provides a thorough introduction to coastal navigation, covering topics such as chart reading, compass use, and tidal calculations. The author’s clear explanations and practical examples make this an excellent resource for sailors looking to improve their navigational skills.

5. Heavy Weather Sailing by Peter Bruce

Heavy Weather Sailing is a must-read for sailors who want to learn how to handle their boats in challenging conditions. The book covers essential topics such as storm tactics, sail selection, and boat preparation. The latest edition includes updated information on weather forecasting and modern storm survival techniques.

6. The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook by James Stevens

The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the skills and knowledge required for the RYA Yachtmaster exam, a globally recognized qualification for experienced sailors. The book covers advanced topics such as passage planning, meteorology, and collision avoidance. While aimed at those preparing for the exam, the information is valuable for any sailor looking to improve their skills.

For experienced sailors seeking to further refine their skills and knowledge, these books offer expert guidance on advanced navigation and seamanship topics.

7. The Art of Seamanship: Evolving Skills, Exploring Oceans, and Handling Wind, Waves, and Weather by Ralph Naranjo

The Art of Seamanship is a comprehensive guide to advanced sailing techniques, covering topics such as sail trim, boat handling, and navigation. The author’s extensive experience as a sailor, instructor, and boat designer provides valuable insights and practical advice for sailors looking to take their skills to the next level.

8. Ocean Passages and Landfalls by Rod Heikell

Ocean Passages and Landfalls is an essential resource for sailors planning long-distance voyages. The book provides detailed information on popular ocean routes, including advice on weather, currents, and navigational hazards. The author’s firsthand experience and practical tips make this an invaluable guide for anyone planning an offshore adventure.

Celestial navigation is the art of using the stars, sun, moon, and planets to determine your position at sea. While modern electronic navigation systems have made celestial navigation less critical, it remains an essential skill for sailors who want to be truly self-reliant.

9. Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen by Mary Blewitt

This classic book provides a straightforward introduction to celestial navigation, covering the essential concepts and techniques required to determine your position at sea using celestial bodies. The author’s clear explanations and practical examples make this an accessible and enjoyable read for sailors looking to learn this timeless skill.

10. The Complete Celestial Navigator by George G. Bennett

The Complete Celestial Navigator is a comprehensive guide to celestial navigation, covering everything from the basics of sextant use to advanced techniques for determining your position at sea. The book includes practical examples, exercises, and a wealth of reference material, making it an invaluable resource for sailors looking to master celestial navigation.

Understanding weather patterns and ocean currents is essential for safe and efficient sailing. These books provide valuable insights into the science of weather and oceanography, helping sailors make informed decisions about their routes and schedules.

11. The Sailor’s Weather Guide by Jeff Markell

The Sailor’s Weather Guide provides a comprehensive introduction to weather forecasting and analysis for sailors. The book covers essential topics such as weather systems, fronts, and clouds, as well as practical advice on interpreting weather forecasts and making decisions based on weather conditions.

12. Oceanography and Seamanship by William G. Van Dorn

Oceanography and Seamanship is a unique resource that combines the science of oceanography with practical seamanship skills. The book covers topics such as ocean currents, tides, and waves, as well as their impact on navigation and boat handling. The author’s extensive experience as a sailor and oceanographer provides valuable insights and practical advice for sailors looking to improve their understanding of the marine environment.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sailor, there’s always more to learn about navigation and seamanship. The books listed in this article provide a wealth of knowledge and practical advice, helping you become a more skilled and confident sailor. By investing in your education and continually refining your skills, you’ll be better prepared to face the challenges and rewards of your sailing adventures.

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Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us: Finding Your Way By Eye and Electronics

Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us: Finding Your Way By Eye and Electronics

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By Bill BrogdonWant a full course in navigation? A whole toolbox of little-known tips and shortcuts to deal with real-life navigation situations without resorting to a slide rule? You get both in Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us, a guide...

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Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen

Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen

By Mary BlewittThere is deep mystery and profound satisfaction in finding your position on earth by reference to the sun, moon, and stars – not to mention profound relief when the GPS receiver stops working in mid-passage. That is why...

Celestial Navigation: A Complete Home Study Course (2nd Edition)

Celestial Navigation: A Complete Home Study Course (2nd Edition)

by David Burch This book covers how to find position at sea from timed sextant sights of the sun, moon, stars, and planets plus other routine and special procedures of safe, efficient offshore navigation. Includes clear explanations of how it...

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Dutton’s Nautical Navigation 15th Edition

15th Edition Hardcover Book As paper navigational charts are replaced by vector images on computer screens, magnetic compasses enhanced by digital flux gate technology, and chronometers joined by atomic clocks, the demand has been mounting for an extensive update to...

Emergency Navigation: Improvised and No-Instrument Methods for the Prudent Mariner, 2nd Edition

Emergency Navigation: Improvised and No-Instrument Methods for the Prudent Mariner, 2nd Edition

By David BurchFind Your Way at Sea, No Matter What Every sailor knows that instruments can fail. Things get wet, break, fall overboard. Whether you're safe on your boat or drifting in a life raft, let David Burch show you...

Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation

Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation

by This definitive guide for navigators contains every pertinent piece of information needed to chart an accurate course, whether on open water or between islands - or icebergs

GPS for Mariners: A Guide for the Recreational Boater, 2nd Edition

GPS for Mariners: A Guide for the Recreational Boater, 2nd Edition

By Robert J. SweetFrom the National Education Officer of the U.S. Power Squadrons, here is the operator's manual that should come with every boater's GPS receiver or chart plotter. GPS for Mariners was immediately well-received by nautical book buyers because...

Hawaii by Sextant

Hawaii by Sextant

by David Burch & Stephen Miller An extensive practice exercise based on an actual voyage to Hawaii made solely by celestial navigation

How to Read a Nautical Chart

How to Read a Nautical Chart

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How To Use Plastic Sextants

How To Use Plastic Sextants

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Inland and Coastal Navigation

Inland and Coastal Navigation

by David Burch Practical small-craft navigation (sail or power) starting from the basics and ending with all that is needed to navigate safely and efficiently on inland and coastal waters in all weather conditions

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25 sailing books every sailor should read

By Author Fiona McGlynn

Posted on Last updated: January 26, 2023

THE BEST SAILING BOOKS INSPIRE YOU TO GET OUT THERE

Whether you’re looking to do some armchair sailing during the off-season or stock up your floating library with sailing stories for summer cruising, these are the best sailing books for adventure and inspiration.

In this list, you’ll find books about sailing around the world, first-hand accounts of daring Antarctic adventures, true crime nautical thrillers, and meditative musings about life at sea. Be sure to let us know your favorite sailing books in the comments below.

If you’re looking for reference books on boat maintenance and how to sail, check out our post on the nautical books we’ll never go to sea without .

A quick note that this post contains affiliate links (so if you purchase through a link we’ll earn a small commission). All the opinions are our own.

Best books about sailing around the world

1. the long way – bernard moitessier.

This is the book that inspired us to buy a boat and go sailing! Bernard Moitessier was a French sailor who raced in the 1968 Golden Globe, the first single-handed around the world race.

He sails from England alone for several months and when it seems he is just about to win…(well, I won’t spoil it for you!). His account is a great adventure story and also a deep meditation on zen philosophy.

2. Sailing Alone Around the World – Joshua Slocum

Joshua Slocum’s  Sailing Alone Around the World  is a really interesting account of the first solo-circumnavigation. It would be an interesting account even if it were written today but is especially so due to the fact that the events he recounts take place prior to the 20th century.

In many ways, Slocum was the first cruiser and the trouble he gets himself into, the people he meets, and the places he goes are things to which we can all relate.

3. A World of My Own – Robin Knox-Johnston

Robin Knox-Johnston’s account of his non-stop solo-circumnavigation of the world. He presents a vivid and  vulnerable portrait of a sailor attempting to accomplish what most thought impossible.

It’s a testament to the ability of the human mind to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and heartening for fellow sailors who will encounter situations that put their own courage to the test. It’s a great read and details one of the most incredible feats of the modern era.

4. Dove – Robin Lee Graham

Dove is a book for those who dream of sailing around the world.

In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham set off from California in 24-footer on a solo round-the-world voyage. After 5 years and 33,000 miles, he returns with a wife and daughter. His adventures in between are recounted in this best-selling book.

5. Gipsy Moth Circles The World – Francis Chichester

In August 1966, Francis Chichester set out from Plymouth on his 53-foot ketch “Gypsy Moth VI”. He would become the first person to make a one-stop round the world circumnavigation.

Chichester’s journey set records, earned him a knighthood, and fueled the ambition of the next generation of sailors, to become the first to sail around the world non-stop in the 1968 Golden Globe Race.

6. Maiden Voyage – Tania Aebi with Bernadette Brennan

At 18 years old, Tania Aebi was going nowhere, until her father presented her with an ultimatum: she could go to college or get a boat. She chose the latter and for the next two and a half years and 27,000 miles, she sailed the world with only her cat as a companion.

Sailing adventure books

7. an island to oneself – tom neale.

New Zealander, Tom Neale travels to Suwarrow, a remote South Pacific atoll, and spends 16 years living alone and off the land. If you’ve ever fantasized about living on a remote South Pacific Island, this book is for you.

8. Sailing & Mountain Exploration Books  – H.W. Tilman

Considered one of the greatest adventurers of our time, Tilman has sailed and climbed in some of the world’s most remote and environments. His sailing books are must-reads for those who dream of straying from the beaten path and sailing in high-latitudes.

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9. Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft – Thor Heyerdahl

Kon-Tiki was the first book about sailing that I ever read.  And really it is more about adventuring than sailing. The sheer foolhardiness of building a balsa wood raft and sailing it 4000 miles from Peru to Tahiti is enough to pique the interest of any adventurous soul.

It’s fascinating to read the various ways that the four men on the raft handled the, at times, boring, stressful, exciting, and survival situations in which they were placed.

Sailing thriller books

10. and the sea will tell – vincent bugliosi.

In this terrifying true story, two couples sail to a remote Pacific atoll, but only one couple makes it off the Island alive. As told by the defense lawyer, Vincent Bugliosi (who also prosecuted Charles Manson), the investigation that follows is a riveting true-crime murder mystery.

And the Sea Will Tell reconstructs the events and recounts the trial that follows. The first half of the book is a real page-turner. The second half delves into technical aspects of the court case which makes for a less compelling read (unless perhaps you’re a lawyer!).

11. The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger

A real-life thriller, this book is likely to scare you out of ever leaving land, but it will also give you an appreciation of the sheer power of weather in the Atlantic Ocean.

Junger tells the story of the Perfect Storm, a record topping storm that hit the east coast of North America in the fall of 1991. It follows the accounts of the crews of the fishing boat, a sailboat, and the U.S. Coast Guard as they battle to survive the severe conditions.

12. Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea – Steven Callahan

A staggering survival story written by Steven Callahan about 76 days spent in a life raft in the Atlantic Ocean.

Only six days out, Callahan’s small sloop capsizes and he’s left battling for survival in an inflatable raft. “Adrift” was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks when it first came out.

13. Godforsaken Sea – Derek Lundy

Godforsaken Sea  recounts the running of the 1996-97 Vendée Globe. On 3 November 1996, sixteen sailors set out to race around the world single-handed. Only six completed the course. The book explores what compels a sailor to go to sea why the Vendée Globe racers were willing to risk everything.

Sailing and cruising stories

14. the curve of time – m. wylie blanchet.

The story of a single mother in the 1920s with 3 children and a dog, exploring Vancouver Island’s inside passage.

In 1926 Muriel “Capi” Wylie Blanchet, a Vancouver Island resident, tragically lost her husband Geoffrey when he took their 25 ft cabin cruiser “Caprice” out on a solo camping trip and never returned. Rather than sell the boat, she took her three young children and dog on summer sojourns, exploring the pristine BC coast with nothing but her wits to rely on.

She documents her many adventures: piloting through whirlpools, run-ins with bears and cougars, climbing thousand-foot cliffs, and exploring abandoned First Nations villages. Her account is both inspiring and a reminder to slow down, appreciate the beauty of nature, and be present with those you love.

One of the few books to make our list of best sailing books that doesn’t take place on a sailboat!

15. Seraffyn’s European Adventure – Lin and Larry Pardey

Lin and Larry Pardey are living proof that you don’t need to be wealthy to see the world. They traveled for 26 years (covering the equivalent of 5 circumnavigations) in their home-built cutters, Seraffyn and Taleisin.

In Seraffyn’s European Adventure the young couple journey in their 24ft boat to the Baltic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany. Without engine, electronics, or gadgetry these scrappy sailors accomplish remarkable things through sheer endurance and resourcefulness.

Their stories are as salty as it gets and their message is freedom: “Go small, go simple, go now.”

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16. The Log from the Sea of Cortez – John Steinbeck

An account of the six-week scientific expedition made by John Steinbeck in 1940 with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, collecting marine specimens as they travel through the Sea of Cortez.

The book recounts bizarre sea creatures, funny anecdotes about the eccentric crew, and Steinbeck/Ricketts’ life philosophies. A good read if you’re planning to visit Mexico.

17. The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float – Farley Mowat

If you’ve ever cursed your boat, you’ll sympathize with the exasperated (but ever hopeful) Mowat in “The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float”.

Seeking adventure, Mowat hopes to buy a boat , a proud and seaworthy vessel, and roam the seven seas. Instead, he gets the worst boat ever and nearly goes mad trying to keep it from sinking.

sailboat navigation book

18. Passage to Juneau – Jonathan Raban

Raban sails from Seattle to Juneau in a small boat, deftly describing the history of First Nations, Captain Vancouver, and life at sea as he travels up the coast.

More than just a travelogue, Raban recounts personal challenges: his relationship with his father, and being a good dad to his young daughter Julia. The Pacific Northwest history is absolutely fascinating and Raban is a deep and thoughtful soul who you can’t help but empathize with.

19. The Incredible Voyage – Tristan Jones

With wit and style, Tristan Jones tells the story of his 6-year voyage where he sailed a distance equal to twice the circumference of the world. His adventures include capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope, starving in the Amazon, and dodging snipers on the Red Sea.

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20. Looking for a Ship – John McPhee

John McPhee, considered one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction, recounts a 42-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America on one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes.

21. My Old Man and the Sea – David Hays, Daniel Hays

An account of an ambitious father-son project: build a boat and take on Cape Horn. With nothing more than a compass, sextant, and pet cat, the father and son duo are tested on an incredible voyage. Told in alternating sections by father and son.

Best Nautical Novels

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22. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

No list of classic sailing novels would be complete without Moby Dick.

The story follows a whaler captain’s quest for revenge against the giant sperm whale, Moby Dick. Written by Herman Melville in 1851, it’s considered one of the “Great American Novels”.

23. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

sailboat navigation book

24. Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian

Published in 1969, this nautical novel was the start of a 20-book series. Set at the turn of the 19th century, the story follows a young Jack Aubrey, who has recently been promoted to the rank of Master and Commander.

Sailing logbook

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25. Sailing logbook

The best sailing stories are the ones you create!  Pick up one of these hardcover logbooks to record your nautical travels.

Looking for more great sailing stories? Check out our posts on sailing vlogs and sailing podcasts .

Do you have any suggestions for other inspirational sailing books? We’d love to get your recommendations – please leave them in the comment box below.

Fiona McGlynn

Fiona McGlynn is an award-winning boating writer who created Waterborne as a place to learn about living aboard and traveling the world by sailboat. She has written for boating magazines including BoatUS, SAIL, Cruising World, and Good Old Boat. She’s also a contributing editor at Good Old Boat and BoatUS Magazine. In 2017, Fiona and her husband completed a 3-year, 13,000-mile voyage from Vancouver to Mexico to Australia on their 35-foot sailboat.

Monday 1st of April 2019

Hi there! Great post, but my all time favorite is “South Sea Vagabonds” by John Wray!

Niah Vaughan

Saturday 16th of March 2019

The Loneliest Race by Paul Gelder. Is a must read.

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Thanks Niah. I've been thinking about writing a post on sailing race books - there are some many good ones!

Michael Robertson

Friday 15th of March 2019

Overlooked on this list and many others is the great "The Water in Between" by Kevin Patterson.

Yes indeed - that's a great recommendation.

Jean Baillargeon

Hi Fiona n Robin, Hope you’re not missing the heat of the SP too too much. If I may suggest a few more books for your great list.

Anything by Moitessier of course, specially «Vagabond des mers du Sud» (telling of his learning to sail in Vietnam as a young man), and «Tamata et l’Alliance», (his last book written during his years living in French Polynesia) Quick english titles list here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=moitessier+bernard&crid=DQW3GY4NSYPS&sprefix=Moitessier%2Caps%2C446&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10

Anything about Éric Tabarly, there are one or two bios and he wrote one account of his winning the BOAC. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tabarly&crid=C9Q57RE444SF&sprefix=Tabarly%2Caps%2C872&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_5

And my welsh mother in law would be very disappointed in me if I did not recommend Tristan Jones’ books. His are tall tales that sometimes strech believability, but they sure a great read. Typical welsh storyteller with a knack for spinning a good yarn with priceless tongue in cheek humour. Also of interest to handicapped sailors, Jones lost a leg to diabetes on one of his crossings, but kept sailing for many years afterwards. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tristan+jones+books&crid=11M2GS14E6MD4&sprefix=tristan+jones%2Caps%2C1327&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_13

These are great! Thank you Jean. Hope you're finding lots of time for reading on the boat in paradise :)

Darlene Kristi

You did miss a riveting true story, which won the National Outdoor Book Award for best book of the year! Journey of A Hope Merchant - from Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing. by Neal Petersen

Wow this sounds fascinating! We'll check it out. Thanks Darlene.

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Best Boating Books: 12 Essential Reads for Every Boater

Best Boating Books

The best boating books should be written by authors who possess experience and qualifications in their respective fields, such as seasoned sailors, maritime professionals, or experts in navigation, which can attest to the accuracy and reliability of the information provided.

I’ve gathered a list of the best boating books available on Amazon. These books cater to various skill levels and interests, ensuring a great read for every boating enthusiast.

12 Best Boating Books Reviewed

Boating skills and seamanship, 14th edition.

Boating Skills and Seamanship

This comprehensive guide is a must-have for both beginners and seasoned boaters who want to enhance their skills and knowledge.

  • Easy to understand language
  • Covers a wide range of topics
  • Suitable for different levels of boating experience
  • Some inaccurate state boating laws
  • Diagrams placement issues
  • Heavy to carry around

Recently, I got my hands on the Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th Edition, and I couldn’t be happier. The book is packed with a wealth of information on all aspects of boating – from basic navigation to advanced skills needed for sailing in different waterways.

The easy-to-understand language used in the book made it very engaging, and it covers a wide range of topics that cater to different levels of boating experience. This book helped me brush up on my boating skills and even taught me a few new tricks.

However, the book isn’t perfect. I noticed that some state boating laws mentioned in the trailer-towing section were inaccurate, so it would be best to verify such information elsewhere. Additionally, some diagrams didn’t align well with their corresponding text, which could be confusing to some readers. Lastly, although the book is full of useful content, it’s quite heavy to carry around on the boat.

That said, the pros of this book far outweigh the cons. Despite its minor drawbacks, I still believe the Boating Skills and Seamanship, 14th Edition, is an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve their boating knowledge and skills. The comprehensive content, engaging writing, and suitability for different experience levels make this book a valuable addition to any boater’s collection.

Power Boating For Dummies

Power Boating For Dummies

I highly recommend Power Boating For Dummies for those looking to enhance their boating knowledge and skills.

  • Comprehensive coverage
  • Clear explanations
  • Practical tips
  • Basic for experienced boaters
  • Limited advanced techniques

The first thing that struck me about Power Boating For Dummies is its comprehensive coverage of the subject. It covers everything from boat handling and docking to maintenance and safety, making it a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced boaters. The clear explanations found within the pages make complex concepts easy to understand, which is particularly helpful for those new to power boating.

Some practical tips included in the book made my boating experience more enjoyable and efficient. For example, I learned how to properly dock and maneuver my boat in tight spaces, which was a challenge I often faced. The book also covers essential safety measures, ensuring that I always feel comfortable and confident on the water.

On the downside, Power Boating For Dummies might be too basic for some experienced boaters. While it does cover a wide range of topics, those with more advanced skills may not find much new information. Additionally, the large size (7.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches) and weight (1.15 pounds) of the book may make it inconvenient to carry around on your boat. Lastly, the book focuses primarily on foundational techniques and does not dive into advanced strategies.

In conclusion, Power Boating For Dummies is an excellent resource for anyone looking to learn or improve their boating skills. With its comprehensive coverage, clear explanations, and practical tips, it offers valuable information for beginners and experienced boaters alike. However, those with more advanced skills or looking for in-depth techniques may find this book to be too basic.

How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide

How Boat Things Work

This well-illustrated guide is a must-have for those who want to learn about boat systems and components in an engaging and practical manner.

  • Comprehensive coverage of boat systems
  • Clear illustrations and explanations
  • Suitable for beginners and experienced boaters
  • Minimal mention of powerboats
  • Low-resolution images in some copies
  • Not an in-depth repair manual

While reading this book, I found it to be an excellent resource for understanding the various systems and components found on a boat. The author, Charlie Wing, presents the information in a way that is easy to comprehend, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced boaters. The illustrations provided were clear and detailed, allowing me to visualize how each part worked together.

One issue I found with this book is its minimal coverage of powerboats. As a sailor who is also interested in motor yachting, I would have appreciated more information on this subject. However, the information provided is valuable for anyone looking to gain a broad understanding of how boats function.

Another downside is the low-resolution images in some copies of the book. I understand that it might be an issue with certain print runs or digital versions, but high-quality images would significantly enhance the learning experience. Regardless, the illustrations are still helpful in understanding the concepts discussed.

While this book covers a wide range of boat systems, it is not an in-depth repair manual. It provides enough information to understand how things work but might not be as helpful for those looking to diagnose and fix specific problems. In that case, a more specialized book or resource would be necessary.

In conclusion, “How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide” is a valuable resource for those who want to learn more about boat systems and their components. Its comprehensive coverage, clear illustrations, and friendly writing style make it a great choice for both beginners and experienced boaters. However, be aware of the limitations regarding powerboats and in-depth repair information.

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition

The Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition is a must-have for boaters of all skill levels seeking a comprehensive and reliable resource.

  • Extensive coverage of topics
  • Clear language and easy-to-understand explanations
  • Up-to-date content, including latest electronics
  • Heavy and large-sized book
  • No dust cover or jacket included
  • Primarily focused on US boating

As someone who has been boating for years, I found the Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition to be an incredibly useful reference. The breadth of topics covered in this book is impressive, from basic boating skills to advanced techniques and even onboard electronics. The clear language and matter-of-fact tone make it easy to understand and retain the information presented.

One of the standout features for me was the updated content in this 69th edition. Since I purchased my first copy 25 years ago, I’ve noticed significant advancements in boating technology and equipment. This edition incorporates these changes, making it a valuable resource for both seasoned sailors and those new to the water.

However, one downside to the book is its large size and weight, which might deter some users from bringing it aboard their boats for quick reference. Additionally, the absence of a dust cover can slightly affect its look and durability over time. Lastly, some users have noted that the book is very USA-centric, which might limit its usefulness for boaters in other countries.

Despite these drawbacks, I wholeheartedly recommend the Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 69th Edition to anyone involved in boating. Its extensive content and up-to-date information make it an invaluable tool for improving one’s skills and staying safe on the water.

Coastal Cruising Under Power

Coastal Cruising Under Power

A must-read guide for boating enthusiasts looking to gain confidence and knowledge in coastal powerboat cruising.

  • Comprehensive coverage of various topics
  • Easy-to-read and engaging writing style
  • Useful for both beginners and experienced boaters
  • Some information may be outdated
  • Might be too basic for someone with prior boating experience
  • Contains some unnecessary details

I recently had the pleasure of reading “Coastal Cruising Under Power: How to Buy, Equip, Operate, and Maintain Your Boat.” This book offers a great introduction to coastal powerboat cruising, covering various aspects such as buying, owning, and operating a boat.

As I flipped through the pages, I was impressed by the author’s engaging writing style. The content was easy to understand and covered a wide range of topics. This made it helpful not only for someone new to boating but also for experienced boaters seeking a refresher on some aspects.

However, I did notice that some of the information in the book may be outdated, as it was published back in 2006. Additionally, those with prior boating experience may find certain sections to be too basic, reiterating things they already know.

One downside to this book is that, at times, it can contain some unnecessary details. While this is not a major issue, it adds to the overall length, potentially making it longer than it needs to be.

Overall, “Coastal Cruising Under Power” is a valuable resource for those looking to explore coastal powerboat cruising. Its comprehensive approach and engaging writing style make it an enjoyable read that enriches your knowledge and experience.

The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge

The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge

A must-have for boating enthusiasts, this beautifully designed and informative book is worth the investment.

  • Comprehensive coverage of nautical topics
  • Easy-to-read format with engaging visuals
  • Rich in detail and anecdotal stories
  • Might not be suited for advanced boaters
  • Some may find it too bulky for transport
  • Print issues reported in some copies

I recently had the pleasure of going through The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge, and I was quite impressed with its detailed content. This book covers an extensive range of subjects, making it an incredible resource for both beginners and intermediate boating enthusiasts. The easy-to-read format, combined with the beautiful illustrations, kept me thoroughly engaged throughout each page.

What really stood out to me were the anecdotal stories that were sprinkled throughout the book. These stories brought the content to life and added a personal touch, making the information feel more accessible and relatable. Despite the seemingly intimidating volume of information, I found myself eagerly soaking up the knowledge this book has to offer.

However, there were a few minor drawbacks that I noticed. Advanced boaters might find the scope of this book a bit too basic, as it leans towards being more of a beginner’s guide. Additionally, the book’s size and weight may make it less practical to bring on a boat for reference. Lastly, there were reports of print issues in some copies, specifically with pages being upside down – though this seems to be a rare occurrence.

All in all, I believe The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge is a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of all things nautical. Just be mindful of the weight and potential print issues when purchasing a copy.

Powerboat Handling Illustrated

Powerboat Handling Illustrated

Powerboat Handling Illustrated is a must-have for anyone looking to master their powerboat handling skills.

  • Comprehensive coverage of powerboat handling skills
  • Clear illustrations and diagrams
  • Useful for beginners and experienced boaters
  • Mainly focuses on single screw boats
  • Some content may be repetitive for experienced boaters
  • Video content compatibility issues on certain devices

I recently had the chance to go through “Powerboat Handling Illustrated: How to Make Your Boat Do Exactly What You Want It to Do” and was truly impressed by the wealth of information it offers. The book covers a wide range of powerboat handling topics, making it an incredibly useful resource for both beginners and experienced boaters.

One of the major strengths of this book lies in its detailed illustrations and diagrams. These visuals offer an easy-to-understand guide on how to properly execute various maneuvers, which I found incredibly helpful while out on the water. The book covers everything from docking, anchoring, and dealing with challenging weather conditions, proving to be an invaluable resource for any powerboat enthusiast.

On the flip side, the book mainly focuses on single screw boats, which might leave those with different boat types craving more specialized information. Additionally, experienced boaters may find some of the content to be repetitive, as certain sections are geared more towards novices. Finally, users have reported some compatibility issues with the video content on specific devices like the Fire HD 8.

Overall, Powerboat Handling Illustrated provides a solid foundation for those who are looking to sharpen their powerboat handling skills. The clear illustrations and comprehensive coverage of essential topics make this a valuable resource, despite some minor limitations. I would definitely recommend this book to any boat owner or enthusiast looking to improve their skills on the water.

Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook: International―Inland: Full Color 2021 Edition

Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

This handbook is a must-have for those seeking an easy-to-read guide on international and inland navigation rules.

  • Full color edition
  • Comprehensive and up-to-date
  • Suitable for all types of boaters
  • Print quality could be better
  • Not as straightforward as official US government version
  • Slightly heavier compared to other options

I recently purchased the Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook, and I must say it has been an invaluable reference on my boating trips. I appreciate that it covers both international and inland navigation rules, making it a single source for all my boating needs.

Turning the pages, I was pleased to see that the handbook was printed in full color, making it visually appealing and easy to navigate. The comprehensive rules and regulations listed in this book are up-to-date, providing me confidence that I am staying within the legal boundaries while boating.

However, there are a few shortcomings that I couldn’t help but notice. For one, the print quality could be better, as it feels somewhat like newsprint – but this does not affect the handbook’s content. Additionally, this handbook is not as straightforward as the official US government version, though some readers may prefer its narrative format.

Lastly, the weight of the book is slightly heavier compared to other options available in the market. While it doesn’t impact my overall satisfaction with the handbook, it is something to consider if you’re looking to save space onboard.

In conclusion, the Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook: International―Inland: Full Color 2021 Edition is a worthwhile investment for any boater. Its user-friendly layout, full color printing, and extensive coverage of boating regulations make it a valuable companion on the water.

The Total Boating Manual: 311 Powerboat Essentials

The Total Boating Manual

A comprehensive and informative guide for boating enthusiasts, worth purchasing for those new to the world of powerboats.

  • Comprehensive coverage of topics
  • Clear instructions and informative images
  • Useful for beginners and those with some experience
  • Some information may be repetitive
  • Not as detailed for more seasoned boaters
  • Could use more depth for maintenance and upkeep

The Total Boating Manual is a fantastic resource that I recently used to brush up on my powerboat knowledge. As someone who is fairly new to the world of boating, this book provided me with extensive information on various aspects of powerboats, from maintenance to navigation. The clear instructions and well-designed images made it easy for me to grasp concepts quickly, and I found it highly beneficial as a beginner.

However, while the book is comprehensive, I did find certain elements to be repetitive, and experienced boaters may find the information to be too basic. Despite this, there is valuable insight on boat maintenance and upkeep, which can still be of use to those who have been around boats for a while.

On the whole, I would recommend The Total Boating Manual to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge of powerboats. The book is well-structured, visually appealing, and packed with useful information, perfect for beginners or those looking to refresh their understanding of the powerboat essentials.

Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

The Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook is essential for any boater looking to stay safe and informed on the water.

  • Comprehensive guide to navigation rules
  • Meets USCG carriage requirements
  • Updated to include NTM 18-20
  • Not applicable to smaller boats
  • Difficult to understand for beginners
  • Not the most recent version

As a boater, I appreciate having all the necessary navigation rules and regulations at my fingertips. The Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of essential information for boating safely. I was pleased to find that this edition meets the USCG (United States Coast Guard) carriage requirements and includes updates through NTM 18-20, ensuring its relevance for my journeys.

On the other hand, I found that the handbook can be somewhat challenging for beginners to understand. Although I am familiar with boating regulations, this book might confuse someone with little to no experience on the water. Additionally, it’s important for potential buyers to note that this handbook does not cover smaller boats – while it’s useful for my vessel, those with smaller boats might not benefit as much from this resource.

Another issue to note is that this handbook is not the most recent version – the Inland Navigation Rules changed in 2014, and those updates have not yet been incorporated into this publication. It would be helpful to have an edition that includes these changes to stay up-to-date with the most recent regulations.

In conclusion, the Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook is a valuable resource for experienced boaters who need a comprehensive guide to navigation rules that meet USCG carriage requirements. However, it may not be the most accessible resource for beginners or those with smaller boats and is not the most current version available.

Power Boating For Dummies

Power Boating For Dummies is a reliable and informative resource for novice boaters to gain practical knowledge and build confidence on the water.

  • Comprehensive coverage of boating basics
  • Easy-to-understand language
  • Helpful tips and advice for both beginners and experienced boaters
  • Geared towards U.S. rules and regulations
  • Limited visual aids and illustrations
  • Writing style can be repetitive at times

After recently getting into the world of power boating, I found Power Boating For Dummies to be an immensely helpful resource. The author, Randy Vance, has organized the content systematically, covering various areas such as docking, understanding lights and channel markings, and boat maintenance.

What I appreciated most about this book was its simple and easy-to-understand language. Even as a beginner, I was able to grasp the concepts easily and apply them to real-life situations on the water. The helpful tips and advice were also beneficial, not just for me as a beginner, but also for more experienced boaters looking to sharpen their skills.

However, there were some drawbacks to this book. Although it offers a wealth of information, it is primarily focused on U.S. rules and regulations. As a Canadian, I found this to be slightly limiting. Additionally, the book could have been improved with more visual aids and illustrations to better demonstrate certain concepts and techniques. Finally, the writing style was somewhat repetitive at times, which made it less engaging to read.

Despite these minor flaws, I still found Power Boating For Dummies to be a valuable guide for anyone looking to learn more about operating and maintaining a powerboat. With its comprehensive coverage of boating basics and easy-to-understand language, this book is a great resource for building confidence on the water and gaining practical knowledge.

The Complete Sailing Manual (DK Complete Manuals)

The Complete Sailing Manual

This is a must-have comprehensive guide for sailors of all levels, with in-depth knowledge and easy-to-follow instructions.

  • Comprehensive coverage of sailing topics
  • Clear illustrations and images
  • Useful for beginners and experienced sailors
  • Minor inaccuracies in some explanations
  • Emphasis on small craft sailing
  • Limited value in e-book format

I recently read The Complete Sailing Manual, and it has quickly become one of my favorite resources for boating and sailing. This well-organized book offers a wealth of information on various sailing aspects, making it an invaluable guide for both beginners and seasoned sailors.

One thing that immediately stands out with this book is its excellent use of visuals. The graphics, images, and detailed illustrations aid in understanding even complex concepts. For someone like me who learns best with visuals, this added a lot to the overall experience.

However, I did notice that the book focuses more on small craft and dinghy sailing. While this may be beneficial for beginners or those interested in this type of sailing, it might leave some experienced sailors wanting more in-depth information on larger vessels. Despite this minor drawback, I still found the book informative and applicable to various sailing situations.

Another point to consider is the e-book format of The Complete Sailing Manual, which some users find difficult to navigate due to its scanned pages. I personally used the hardcover version, which I recommend for optimal readability.

In summary, The Complete Sailing Manual is an essential resource for anyone looking to hone their boating skills and knowledge. Its comprehensive coverage, combined with visually appealing illustrations, makes it an enjoyable and educational read. Just be prepared for its focus on small craft sailing and consider opting for the hardcover version for the best experience.

Buying Guide

Choosing the best boating book for your needs can be a daunting task, especially with the vast array available on the market. In this buying guide, I’ll explain the features to look for and the factors to consider before making a purchase.

First, consider the purpose of the book. Are you looking for a beginner’s guide, a specialized reference, or an adventure story? It’s essential to identify the book’s purpose, as this will dictate the most appropriate choice for you. For example, if you’re a novice boater, a book that focuses on basic skills, safety, and boat handling may be more suitable than an advanced navigation or maintenance guide.

Author’s Expertise

The author’s expertise and credibility play a crucial role in the book’s quality. Look for authors who have notable experience in the field, as their insights and knowledge will be more beneficial. Additionally, seek out books with positive reviews and recommendations from fellow boaters to ensure you’re investing in a reliable source.

Content is a significant aspect of any boating book. Make sure the book has comprehensive and well-organized information that caters to your specific needs. Whether it’s learning how to sail, tips for maintenance, or navigating marine charts, the book should cover the topics you need in a clear and concise manner.

Format and Presentation

Another factor to consider when choosing a boating book is its format and presentation. Some readers may prefer a physical book to keep onboard their vessel, while others might opt for an eBook or audiobook for easy access on various devices. Also, pay attention to the book’s layout, use of visuals, and overall readability, as these can greatly impact your learning experience.

Finally, consider the price of the book you are interested in. While cheap options can be enticing, it’s essential to prioritize value for money. A higher-priced book may include more extensive content, better visual aids, or additional resources that could justify the cost. Investing in a quality resource will likely save you time and frustration in the long run.

By considering these factors, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect boating book to enhance your on-the-water experience and knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some popular boating adventure novels.

In my opinion, a few popular boating adventure novels are “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, and “Three Men in a Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome. These novels are great for readers who enjoy thrilling tales set on the high seas or on scenic waterways.

Which books can teach me the basics of boating?

If you’re looking to learn the basics of boating, I recommend “The Annapolis Book of Seamanship” by John Rousmaniere, “Chapman Piloting & Seamanship” by Charles B. Husick, and “The Complete Sailor” by David Seidman. These easy-to-understand books offer comprehensive information on fundamental boating skills and techniques.

Are there any must-read sailing memoirs?

For those seeking incredible sailing memoirs, I suggest reading “Sailing Alone Around the World” by Joshua Slocum, “A Voyage for Madmen” by Peter Nichols, and “Maiden Voyage” by Tania Aebi. These autobiographical narratives showcase the fascinating experiences and challenges faced by sailors during their oceanic journeys.

Which books cover boating safety and navigation?

To learn about boating safety and navigation, I find “Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual” by Nigel Calder, “Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook” by U.S. Coast Guard, and “Heavy Weather Boating Emergencies” by Chuck Luttrell and Jean Luttrell to be useful resources. These books provide essential tips and guidance for safe and efficient boat handling.

What are some entertaining fiction books related to boats or sailing?

In terms of engaging fiction books with boating or sailing themes, I enjoy “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, “The Riddle of the Sands” by Erskine Childers, and “The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float” by Farley Mowat. These books often revolve around intriguing nautical adventures, capturing the imagination of their readers.

Can you recommend marine biology or oceanography books related to boating?

For those interested in marine biology or oceanography, I recommend “Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia” by DK Publishing, “The Sea Around Us” by Rachel Carson, and “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” by John Steinbeck. These insightful books delve into the incredible world of the ocean, providing valuable information for boating enthusiasts who are curious about the marine environment they encounter during their adventures.

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Mastering the Art of Sailing Books: A Comprehensive Guide

Alex Morgan

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Sailing is a captivating and adventurous activity that requires knowledge, skill, and experience. One of the best ways to acquire and improve these elements is through reading sailing books. Whether you’re an aspiring sailor, a seasoned navigator, or simply interested in the world of sailing, there is a vast array of sailing books available to cater to different interests and levels of expertise.

Introduction to Sailing Books:

Sailing books provide valuable information, insights, and guidance on various aspects of sailing, from basic techniques to advanced skills, navigation, boat maintenance, and even inspiring stories of sailing adventures. They serve as a comprehensive resource for both theoretical knowledge and practical application, making them an indispensable tool for any sailing enthusiast.

What is the Purpose of Sailing Books?

The primary purpose of sailing books is to educate and inform readers about the intricacies of the sport. They offer step-by-step instructions, tips, and strategies to help sailors improve their skills, ensure safety on the water, and make the most of their sailing experience. Sailing books also provide inspiration and motivation, showcasing the wonders and challenges of sailing through captivating narratives and real-life accounts.

Types of Sailing Books:

Sailing books cover a wide range of topics, catering to different areas of interest within the sailing community. Some common types of sailing books include:

  • Sailing Techniques and Skills: These books focus on teaching fundamental sailing techniques, such as sail trim, boat handling, and maneuvering.
  • Navigation and Seamanship: These books delve into the art of navigation, covering topics such as reading charts, understanding weather patterns, and practicing effective seamanship.
  • Boat Maintenance and Repair: These books offer guidance on boat maintenance, including tips for troubleshooting common issues, conducting repairs, and ensuring the longevity of your vessel.
  • Sailing Adventures and Travel: These books take readers on thrilling sailing adventures, providing insight into various sailing routes, destinations, and the experiences of sailors around the world.
  • Racing and Regattas: These books offer strategies, tactics, and training techniques for competitive sailing, focusing on skills needed to succeed in races and regattas.

How to Choose the Right Sailing Book?

Choosing the right sailing book depends on your skill level, sailing goals, and personal preferences. Consider factors such as your experience on the water, specific areas you want to improve, and the type of sailing you are interested in. Reading reviews and recommendations from fellow sailors can also help you make informed decisions when selecting sailing books.

Getting Started with Sailing Books:

To embark on your sailing book journey, there are several avenues to explore. Look for local sailing libraries or bookstores that offer a wide selection of sailing literature. Joining sailing communities and forums can provide access to shared knowledge and recommendations. attending sailing workshops and seminars can enhance your learning experience and connect you with experienced sailors.

Benefits of Reading Sailing Books:

Reading sailing books offers numerous benefits, including gaining technical knowledge, expanding your understanding of sailing principles, and enhancing your skills as a sailor. Sailing books also provide valuable insights and inspiration, nurturing a deeper appreciation for the art of sailing and its rich history.

Immerse yourself in the world of sailing books and discover the wealth of information and inspiration they offer to enrich your sailing journey.

Key takeaway: Sailing books provide comprehensive knowledge about sailing techniques, skills, navigation, maintenance, and racing, enabling enthusiasts to build expertise in various aspects of sailing. Choosing the right sailing book involves considering your skill level, sailing goals, and reading reviews and recommendations, ensuring you select a resource that aligns with your needs and learning objectives. To get started with sailing books, explore local sailing libraries or bookstores, join sailing communities and forums, and attend workshops and seminars to enhance your understanding and practical experience in sailing.

Sailing books serve several purposes in the sailing community. Their primary function is to provide knowledge and insights on sailing, covering navigation techniques, weather patterns, and safety protocols. These books offer practical tips and strategies for enhancing sailors’ proficiency and handling various conditions. They aim to improve their sailing skills . They aim to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for the rich history and traditions of sailing. These books feature stories of famous sailors, historic expeditions, and iconic races, adding to the readers’ knowledge and admiration for the sport.

Sailing books inspire and motivate aspiring sailors by showcasing the remarkable achievements of accomplished sailors. Through the stories and experiences shared in these books, aspiring sailors can find encouragement and guidance. These books create a sense of community within the sailing world. By allowing sailors to share their own experiences, insights, and tips, they provide a platform for fostering camaraderie and building connections among sailors.

Types of Sailing Books

Looking to dive into the world of sailing books? In this section, we’ll explore the different types that cater to all your nautical interests. From mastering sailing techniques and skills, to unraveling the mysteries of navigation and seamanship , and even delving into boat maintenance and repair – there’s a book for every aspect of your sailing journey. Plus, we’ll delve into the thrilling realm of sailing adventures and travel, as well as the competitive world of racing and regattas . Get ready to set sail with the ultimate collection of sailing knowledge!

1. Sailing Techniques and Skills

Sailing techniques and skills are crucial for sailing enthusiasts. Here are some important aspects to consider:

1. Understanding the wind: Knowing how to read and adjust the sails is crucial for speed and efficiency.

2. Steering and maneuvering: Learning how to control the boat’s direction and speed through maneuvers like tacking and jibing is important.

3. Knot tying: Mastering knots like the bowline, figure-eight, and clove hitch is essential for securing lines and rigging.

4. Sail handling: Familiarize yourself with different types of sails (main sail, jib, and spinnaker) and learn how to hoist, trim, and douse them efficiently.

5. Navigation: Understand basic navigation principles such as reading charts, using a compass, and plotting a course for safe sailing.

6. Man overboard procedures: Learn how to react quickly and safely if a crew member falls overboard.

These skills can be learned through practical experience, sailing courses, or studying detailed sailing books. By practicing these techniques, sailors can become proficient and confident on the water.

Sailing has a rich and long history, dating back thousands of years. From ancient civilizations to modern-day racing and recreational sailing, sailing techniques have evolved. Each era has contributed innovations and advancements. Today, sailing continues to captivate people worldwide, offering exhilarating regattas, ocean expeditions, and a sense of freedom. Mastering sailing techniques allows sailors to navigate with confidence, embodying the spirit of exploration and the thrill of harnessing the wind’s power.

2. Navigation and Seamanship

Navigation and seamanship play a crucial role in sailing. To become proficient in these skills, it is important to learn the basics of navigation, such as reading nautical charts and using navigational instruments. Familiarizing yourself with the meanings of buoys and navigational aids is also essential. Understanding sea rules, including right of way and collision avoidance, is necessary for safe sailing. Planning and executing passages while considering tides, currents, and weather conditions is important. Developing proficiency in using GPS and radar can greatly enhance navigation abilities. Practicing seamanship skills, such as knot tying, boat handling, and sail trimming, is essential. Equally important is knowing how to respond to emergencies at sea.

An illustrative true story highlights the significance of navigation and seamanship. In this story, a sailor encountered a malfunctioning GPS and became lost at sea. By relying on celestial and traditional navigation techniques, the sailor was able to find land. This experience underscores the crucial role of seamanship and the need for preparedness in navigating the open waters.

3. Boat Maintenance and Repair

Boat maintenance and repair are vital factors to consider for the safety, longevity, and performance of your vessel. It is important to incorporate boat maintenance and repair techniques into your routine to prevent corrosion and damage. Regularly cleaning and detailing your boat will help in this regard. It is crucial to maintain the engine by regularly changing the oil, replacing the fuel filter, and conducting inspections. Inspecting the hull and propeller for damage or wear is also necessary. Ensuring the electrical system is in good working condition is essential. Regular inspection and maintenance of the trailer is important for safe transportation. By following these boat maintenance and repair practices , you can keep your boat in top condition. It is advisable to consult your boat manufacturer’s guidelines , seek professional help when needed, and stay updated with the latest maintenance techniques and technologies. Throughout history, boat maintenance and repair have been crucial. Initially, boat owners relied on their craftsmanship and knowledge. With advancements in technology and specialized services, boat maintenance and repair have become more accessible and efficient. Boat owners now have access to manuals, online tutorials, and professional services. By staying proactive and diligent, boat owners can ensure their vessels remain seaworthy and enjoyable for years to come.

4. Sailing Adventures and Travel

When choosing a sailing book for your adventures, consider the following factors:

Destination: Look for books that focus on specific locations or regions you’re interested in, such as the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or Pacific Islands. These books provide valuable insights and tips for navigating these areas.

Itinerary Planning: Choose books that offer guidance on planning sailing trips, including suggested routes, anchorages, and points of interest. They can help you create an exciting and memorable itinerary.

Seamanship and Navigation: Select books that cover essential seamanship skills like navigation techniques, weather forecasting, and understanding tides and currents. These skills are crucial for a safe and successful sailing adventure.

Local Culture and Customs: Look for books that delve into the culture, traditions, and customs of the places you plan to visit. Learning about a destination’s history and customs enriches your sailing experience and deepens your appreciation for the places you explore.

Travel Stories and Inspiration: Consider books featuring real-life travel stories and adventures from experienced sailors. These books provide inspiration and valuable insights from those who have already embarked on similar journeys.

By considering these factors, you can choose the right sailing book to enhance your knowledge, prepare you for your adventure, and make your travel experience more fulfilling.

5. Racing and Regattas

  • Racing and Regattas are thrilling events where sailors compete in structured races.
  • These events highlight sailors’ skills, techniques, and strategies honed through training and experience.
  • Sailors strive to achieve the fastest time and surpass their competitors in racing and regattas.
  • Racing and regattas can vary in scale, ranging from local club events to international competitions , providing different levels of challenges.
  • Participating in racing and regattas improves sailors’ proficiency and develops their skills in a competitive environment.
  • These events require sailors to navigate through various courses, including upwind and downwind sailing , and maneuver around marks.
  • Sailors need a comprehensive understanding of racing rules and tactics to make strategic decisions during the race.

If you are interested in racing and regattas, here are some suggestions to get started:

  • Find a local sailing club or organization that hosts racing events and inquire about how to get involved.
  • Join sailing communities and forums to connect with experienced racers and gain insights and knowledge from their experiences.
  • Attend sailing workshops and seminars that focus on racing techniques, tactics, and strategies to enhance your skills.

By immersing yourself in the exhilarating world of racing and regattas, you can accelerate your progress as a sailor and firsthand experience the thrill of competitive sailing.

When it comes to finding the perfect sailing book, it’s crucial to navigate the sea of options wisely. In this section, we’ll uncover the secrets to choosing the right sailing book tailored to your needs. From assessing your skill level to aligning with your sailing goals, we’ll explore the key factors that influence your book selection. Get ready to set sail on a literary journey that will equip you with the knowledge and inspiration for your next nautical adventure.

1. Determine Your Skill Level

Determining your skill level is crucial when selecting a sailing book that meets your needs and abilities. Here are steps to help you assess your skill level:

1. Evaluate your prior sailing experience by considering the number of times you have sailed, the types of boats you have used, and your level of proficiency.

2. Assess your knowledge and understanding of sailing terminology, navigation, and boat handling techniques. Determine if you have a basic understanding or advanced knowledge.

3. Reflect on your confidence level while sailing. Do you feel comfortable handling various sailing conditions or do you prefer calm waters and light winds?

4. Take into account any certifications or qualifications you have earned in sailing. These can indicate your skill level and guide you in selecting suitable books.

Determining your skill level allows you to choose a sailing book that enhances your knowledge, improves your skills, and meets your specific needs. Whether you are a beginner learning the basics or an experienced sailor seeking advanced techniques, there are sailing books available to guide you on your journey.

2. Consider Your Sailing Goals

When considering sailing goals, it is important to choose a sailing book that aligns with your objectives. There are several factors to consider, including your skill level, navigation and seamanship, boat maintenance and repair, sailing adventures and travel, and racing and regattas. For beginners, it is recommended to opt for books that provide a comprehensive introduction to sailing techniques. Intermediate sailors may benefit from advanced maneuver books. If you are interested in maintenance and repairs, it is advisable to look for books specifically on boat maintenance. On the other hand, if your goal is sailing adventures, it would be beneficial to consider books that highlight different routes and destinations. For those focused on racing and regattas, it is important to seek out books that offer insights on racing strategies and rules. By considering your goals, you can make an informed decision and choose the right sailing book that will help you fulfill your ambitions on the water.

In a true story, there was a sailor named Emily who carefully considered her sailing goals. She chose a sailing book focused specifically on racing techniques in order to improve her skills and ultimately participate in a regatta. Through this book, she gained valuable knowledge about wind patterns, sail trimming, and tactical maneuvers. Emily applied this newfound understanding to her racing performance and, as a result, finished in the top three in the regatta. She attributes her success directly to the insights gained from the sailing book she had chosen.

3. Read Reviews and Recommendations

When searching for the ideal sailing book, it is important to read reviews and recommendations. Gather information from readers who have already reviewed the books to make an informed decision and find a book that suits your needs. Follow these steps to read reviews and recommendations:

  • Research online: Look for sailing book reviews and recommendations on websites, forums, and social media platforms. Many sailing communities have discussion threads where members share their favorite books and provide detailed reviews.
  • Pay attention to ratings: Take note of positive reviews and high ratings given by reviewers.
  • Read comments and feedback: Look for specific comments that discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the book. This will give you a better understanding of what to expect and whether the book aligns with your interests and goals.
  • Consider the source: Take into account the credibility and experience of the reviewer. If the reviewer is an experienced sailor or someone you trust, their recommendation may carry more weight.
  • Seek recommendations from experts: Look for recommendations from sailing experts, instructors, or professional sailors. They often provide valuable insights into the best books that cover specific topics or techniques.

By reading reviews and recommendations, you can gain insights into the quality and relevance of a sailing book. This will ultimately help you choose the right one for your sailing journey.

How to Get Started with Sailing Books?

Ready to set sail into the world of sailing books? In this section, we’ll uncover the secrets to getting started with this exhilarating literary journey. Whether you’re an avid sailor or simply fascinated by the adventures of the open sea, we’ll explore three key sub-sections that will guide you along the way. From uncovering local sailing libraries and bookstores to joining vibrant sailing communities and forums, and even attending informative workshops and seminars – prepare to embark on an exciting literary voyage like no other.

1. Find a Local Sailing Library or Bookstore

When searching for a local sailing library or bookstore, follow these steps:

  • Research: Look online for sailing libraries or bookstores in your area that cater to sailing enthusiasts.
  • Check local directories: Consult phone books or online business listings to find potential options near you.
  • Ask for recommendations: Reach out to fellow sailors or sailing communities for insights and suggestions.
  • Visit local marinas: Many marinas have libraries or book exchange programs where sailors can borrow or trade sailing books. Check with marinas in your area for these services.
  • Attend sailing events: Regattas or boat shows often have vendors or exhibitors selling sailing books. Take advantage of these opportunities to browse through a selection of books and potentially find a local sailing library or bookstore.

Following these steps will help you find a local sailing library or bookstore that offers a wide range of sailing literature to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of the sport.

2. Join Sailing Communities and Forums

Joining sailing communities and forums offers several benefits. It allows you to connect with fellow sailors who share your passion, building a network of like-minded individuals who provide support, advice, and friendship. By joining these communities, you can gain valuable insights and enhance your sailing skills through knowledge sharing with experienced sailors. You can also stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in the sailing world, including recommended books, sailing techniques, navigation tools, and more.

Engaging with others who share your love for sailing fosters camaraderie, creating a sense of belonging and forming lasting friendships. Joining sailing communities and forums immerses you in the world of sailing, connecting you with fellow enthusiasts, enhancing your sailing experience, and enabling incredible opportunities for growth and connection.

There is a remarkable true story that exemplifies the power of these communities. A novice sailor in California was able to connect with an experienced sailor in Florida through an online forum. The experienced sailor, who was planning a solo circumnavigation, offered the novice sailor the opportunity to join him on his journey. The bond that formed between them led to incredible adventures and lifelong memories. This story showcases the potential for growth and connection that arises from joining sailing communities.

So, don’t miss out on the benefits and opportunities that come with joining sailing communities and forums. Join now and experience the incredible world of sailing with like-minded individuals who share your passion.

3. Attend Sailing Workshops and Seminars

When you attend sailing workshops and seminars, you get the opportunity to learn from experts – experienced sailors and industry professionals who are knowledgeable and insightful. They share their expertise, tips, and valuable information, enriching your understanding of sailing.

These events also include practical demonstrations of sailing techniques, maneuvers, and equipment. By watching these demonstrations, you can visualize how to apply these techniques in real-life sailing situations, improving your sailing skills.

Sailing workshops and seminars also provide networking opportunities, allowing you to meet and connect with fellow sailors who share your passion for sailing. This enables you to exchange ideas, establish valuable connections, and expand your network within the sailing community.

Attending these workshops and seminars is essential for staying updated with the latest trends, techniques, technologies, and regulations in the sailing industry. By staying informed, you can adapt to the evolving sailing world and enhance your sailing knowledge.

Attending sailing workshops and seminars is a worthwhile investment. It not only enhances your sailing knowledge, skills, and network, but also contributes to your journey of becoming a proficient and confident sailor.

Benefits of Reading Sailing Books

Reading sailing books offers numerous benefits to experienced sailors and novices seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills. Some of the benefits of reading sailing books include the acquisition of knowledge, development of skills, finding inspiration and motivation, and improving problem-solving abilities.

Sailing books provide detailed information on navigation techniques, boat handling, and safety procedures, allowing sailors to gain valuable knowledge and improve their competence on the water. These books often offer practical tips from experienced sailors, helping readers refine their sailing maneuvers, learn new knots, and understand weather patterns, thus enhancing their sailing skills.

Sailing books share thrilling stories of sailors’ remarkable voyages, inspiring readers to pursue their own adventures. These stories encourage exploration and the expansion of sailing capabilities, serving as a source of inspiration and motivation.

Sailing books address common challenges sailors face on the water, providing insights and strategies to overcome them. By reading about how experienced sailors have tackled similar situations, readers can enhance their problem-solving abilities during their own sailing journeys.

A great example of the power of sailing books is Robin Knox-Johnston’s “ A World of My Own .” In 1968, Knox-Johnston became the first person to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. His remarkable achievement captivated sailors and inspired adventurers to push their limits. This serves as a testament to the remarkable accomplishments that can be achieved on the high seas with the help of sailing books. So, grab a sailing book and start your own sailing adventure today!

Some Facts About How To Sail Books:

  • ✅ The best way to learn to sail is by taking an RYA course with skilled instructors in Mallorca where the weather and sailing conditions are ideal for beginners.
  • ✅ Supplementing practical training with sailing books targeted towards beginners can provide additional insight and information.
  • ✅ It is important to find books from well-respected authors that deliver lessons in an easy-to-understand format.
  • ✅ The top 8 recommended books for beginning sailors are “The Sailing Bible” by Jeremy Evans, Pat Manley, and Barrie Smith, “Start to Sail” by Steve Sleight and Ben Ainslie, “Sailing Fundamentals” by Gary Jobson, “The Annapolis Book of Seamanship” by John Rousmaniere, “The Complete Day Skipper” by Tom Cunliffe, “World Cruising Essentials” by Jimmy Cornell, “RYA Navigation Handbook” by Sara Hopkinson, and “The Ultimate Guide to Seasickness Relief” by Michelle Segrest.
  • ✅ These books provide tips, instructions, and advice on various aspects of sailing, from techniques to navigation and seamanship.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can asa sailing books help beginners learn to sail.

ASA offers sailing books that provide clear and concise instructions in an easy-to-understand format. These books distill the wisdom of the ages into a manageable format, with full-color displays, diagrams, and photos. They cover a wide range of topics, from the basics of sailing to more advanced seamanship skills.

What are some of the recommended sailing books for beginners?

Some of the top recommended books for beginning sailors include “The Sailing Bible” by Jeremy Evans, Pat Manley, and Barrie Smith, “Start to Sail” by Steve Sleight and Ben Ainslie, “Sailing Fundamentals” by Gary Jobson, and “The Annapolis Book of Seamanship” by John Rousmaniere. These books provide tips, instructions, and advice on various aspects of sailing, from techniques to navigation and seamanship.

Who is Nathaniel Bowditch and what is his contribution to sailing textbooks?

Nathaniel Bowditch is the author of *The American Practical Navigator*, also known as the grandfather of sailing textbooks. This comprehensive book covers topics like piloting, dead reckoning, and seamanship. It is a valuable resource for sailors of all levels of experience.

What makes ASA sailing books highly recommended for beginners?

ASA’s sailing books are praised for their accessibility, clear writing, and industry-standard content. They are written by well-respected authors and deliver lessons in an easy-to-understand format. The books provide comprehensive chapters on various sailing topics, making them a valuable resource for beginners.

How can a beginner benefit from taking an RYA course in Mallorca?

Taking an RYA course in Mallorca offers practical hands-on training with highly skilled instructors. Mallorca provides ideal sailing conditions for beginners, with pleasant weather, comfortable temperatures, and less crowded sailing conditions. The course provides comprehensive training and the opportunity to earn RYA certifications like the Day Skipper or Start Yachting.

What are some other reputable sailing books for beginners?

In addition to the recommended ASA sailing books, other reputable sailing books for beginners include “The Complete Day Skipper” by Tom Cunliffe, “World Cruising Essentials” by Jimmy Cornell, “RYA Navigation Handbook” by Sara Hopkinson, and “The Ultimate Guide to Seasickness Relief” by Michelle Segrest. These books cover a wide range of sailing topics and provide expert tips and advice.

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FREE CELESTIAL NAVIGATION POWERPOINT PRESENTATION for INSTRUCTORS

This is a free downloadable Power Point presentation of the Celestial Navigation course, in eight sessions of three hours, will help instructors teach the subject. It closely follows the Celestial Navigation book.

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The slide presentation was specifically designed to allow Celestial Navigation instructors to conduct their classes following a ready-made plan, with graphics, examples and exercises to do in class.

The presentation is the result of close to 15 years of continuous teaching the subject, two or three times per year. It is very practical, based on a long experience, and has been continuously adjusted over the years to reflect the time actually spent on each topic and the reactions from students. It is well proven, and it works!

It closely follows the manual, and reproduces most of its graphics, referring to each one by figure number. It offers numerous examples, followed by short exercises to be done in class. These exercises are reproduced in the free downloadable exercise manual, which contain the questions, the work-forms guiding the calculations, and the answers.

In addition, free YouTube courses have been provided to support the material presented in the books.

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Session 1 (30.1MB PPTX) Downloads: 2366 Session 2 (78.9MB PPTX) Downloads: 1312 Session 3 (65.7MB PPTX) Downloads: 1121 Session 4 (198.9MB PPTX) Downloads: 1101 Session 5 (278.9MB PPTX) Downloads: 1100 Session 6 (39.5MB PPTX) Downloads: 1040 Session 7 (95MB PPTX) Downloads: 1108 Review Exercises (35.6MB PPTX) Downloads: 1067 Home Exercises (236.7MB PPTX) Downloads: 1014

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FREE COASTAL NAVIGATION POWERPOINT PRESENTATION for INSTRUCTORS

This is a free downloadable Power Point presentation of the Coastal Navigation course, in six sessions of three hours, will help instructors teach the subject. A seventh session of answers to home exercises is also included.

The PowerPoint presentation associated with the course book Coastal Navigation reproduces most of the images in the book, showing them in sequences designed for six classes of three hours. The use of the course book, and of its associated free PPT presentation, will greatly facilitate the job of any Coastal Navigation Instructor.

Each session of the PPT presentation offers many exercises, and provides their answers. These exercises, and their answers, are contained in the companion book Coastal Navigation Exercises, together with the required tables.

Session 1 (61.7MB PPTX) Downloads: 1268 Session 2 (37.8MB PPTX) Downloads: 868 Session 3 (49.3MB PPT) Downloads: 826 Session 4 (80.5MB PPT) Downloads: 779 Session 5 (51MB PPTX) Downloads: 780 Session 6 (6.5MB PPTX) Downloads: 770 Session 7 (39.7MB PPTX) Downloads: 750 Home Exercises (29.9MB PPTX) Downloads: 776

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FREE VERSION, CELESTIAL NAVIGATION EXERCISE BOOK

This free downloadable version of the Celestial Navigation Exercise manual is designed to allow instructors to offer exercises to do in class (and at home in a couple of important cases), as prompted by the relevant slides along the Power Point presentation. The required Almanac and Sight Reduction Tables are in the Appendix of the course book, Celestial Navigation.

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These free downloadable exercises will allow the instructors following the Power Point presentation of the course to offer the exercises presented at regular intervals along the presentation. They include the questions, the work-sheets guiding the calculations, and the answers.

The data tables required to solve the downloadable exercises are not included here, in order to lighten the download process. They are the same data tables as those contained in the Appendix of the Celestial Navigation book.

A self-contained Celestial Navigation Exercises manual can be purchased in print or PDF format. It includes the questions, the work-forms, the answers, as well as the Almanac and Sight Reduction Tables required for the calculations.

FREE STUDENT WORK FORMS

Work forms are available for download and unrestricted use. They can be very helpful in guiding navigators through the detailed calculations using the Nautical Almanac and the Sight Reduction Tables.

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This version of the handbook is printed in color. Color is necessary to visually understand the light color patterns described in this book.

We include the latest Notice to Mariners updates and highlight each update with underlines and or footnotes.. THIS EDITION IS UPDATED TO INCLUDE NTM 18-20

The Navigation Rules & Regulations Handbook (Nav Rules) contains the essentials of boating protocol and safety. It is the reference manual every boat should carry and every skipper should be intimately familiar with. So valuable in fact the US Coast Guard REQUIRES a copy on board all vessels 12 meters (approximately 39') or more in length:

"33 CFR 83.01(g) requires: 'The operator of each self-propelled vessel 12 meters or more in length shall carry, on board and maintain for ready reference, a copy of these Rules.'

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Your River Cruise on the luxurious MS Volga Dream takes you from Moscow along Russia’s grand Volga River to the legend that is Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Along the way, you’ll discover the treasures of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, medieval Nizhniy Novgorod and beautiful Kazan, the ancient Tatar capital. We plan our tour carefully to combine the very best of Moscow with a world-class Volga River cruise.

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We love hearing from guests about their time in Russia and one comment often hear is how surprised people are by the Russian capital. We can’t say for certain what people expected but we do know that it’s always far removed from what they imagined! It’s been called a modern metropolis, a cosmopolitan city, an historic gem, an architectural treasure and a cultural powerhouse, among other descriptions. Majestic Moscow has always surprised our guests and left them with lasting and fond memories.

Russia’s famous Golden Ring is an archipelago of historic towns surrounding Moscow. Uglich is one of the oldest and was founded under Igor, the last Varangian prince. It once resisted the Mongol invasion and its ancient walls saw the grisly murder of young Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible. The impressive Church of St. Dmitri on the Blood, with its classic onion domes and blood red walls, is a fine example of classic Russian architecture. The tour ends with an enchanting choral concert.

This, the oldest city on the Volga River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a wealth of ancient orthodox treasures. The impressive Transfiguration of the Savior, adorned with murals depicting St. John’s apocalyptic visions can be seen in the Spassky Monastery. The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet is decorated with an awe-inspiring selection of rich frescoes. For a real taste of pre-revolutionary Russia, visitors are entertained by a costumed reception at the Governor’s House.

Close to the shores of White Lake once were the ‘tsar’s fishing grounds’. It lies in a place so serene that ancient monks chose to build no fewer than three holy sites here, including the Ferapontov Monastery. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its chapels boast magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. The Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery was a refuge for many nobles during tumultuous times and later a fortress that successfully repelled invading armies.

The Karelia region is a vast and naturally beautiful wilderness that spreads all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle. The glorious island village of Kizhi consists almost entirely of the traditionally styled wooden buildings of ‘Old Russia’. Among them is the famous Transfiguration Church built in 1714. Remarkably, and in testament to the craftsmen of the time, not a single nail was used in its construction! Kizhi is one of the favorite stops on the river cruise to St. Petersburg.

A typical rural hamlet brought to life by warm and welcoming villagers. Volga Dream guests are invited into local homes to enjoy classic Russian fare, tea with jam and ‘pirozhki’ (pies). Enthusiastic hosts share Russian traditions and the appeal of village life while proudly showing off their scrupulously kept homes and kitchen gardens. The tour continues with a brief bus ride to see a unique World War II memorial and then, for a real glimpse of Russian life, a visit to a local primary school.

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This was once a wealthy city thanks to its proximity to rich eastern trading routes. During the Soviet era, the city was closed to outsiders because of its military importance. It’s also where many political prisoners were sent to live out their days in exile. The 16th-century Kremlin ramparts offer spectacular views and the city is known for its elaborately decorated churches. For Volga Dream cruise guests, the highlight of the day is an evening folk concert performed by local children.

Sailing along the Volga river, the riverbank gradually ceases to be dominated by Orthodox churches. Instead, beautiful mosques appear as the river crosses into Tatarstan where the first stop is scenic Kazan, the region’s capital. Inside the white walls of the citadel, the famous Kul Sharif mosque and the old Cathedral of Peter and Paul stand side-by-side symbolizing the two faiths’ long and peaceful coexistence in the region. A concert of traditional Tatar music ends the Volga Dream tour in Kazan.

Passing the Zhigulevskie Mountains offers wonderful views from the sundeck before touring the city. One of the key attractions is the fascinating Space Museum, which offers a revealing glimpse of how the Soviet Union pursued its ambitious journey to the cosmos. The town is also noted for its beautiful esplanade, perfect for a relaxed stroll beside the Volga river. This in turn leads to the Samara State Art Museum. Founded in 1897, it is home to a collection of more than 16,000 works of art.

This city is best known for its close associations with cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. The Russian hero who achieved worldwide fame as the first man in space lived and studied here. Saratov used to be home to a large German community, a heritage that can still be seen in the local architecture. The Volga Dream tour visits the Radishchev State Art Museum, the first picture gallery in Russia outside Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Originally called Tsaritsyn, the city was renamed Stalingrad from 1925 to 1961 in honor of the USSR’s leader. During World War II, the city’s residents put up a heroic defense, repelling an advancing Nazi invasion. The battle for Stalingrad has gone down in history as a pivotal moment in the bloody conflict on the eastern front. The most ferocious and deadly fighting took place on Mamayev Hill, where an imposing memorial now stands close to the excellent Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

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If Moscow surprises, then St Petersburg delights. Peter the Great founded the city to showcase Russia’s newfound enlightenment. He wanted to show the modern world a cultured and advanced society. In short, he built the city to impress and in that he succeeded splendidly! The striking buildings were designed by some of the finest architects Europe had to offer and even now, the ‘Venice of the North’ never fails to enchant with its spectacular buildings and impressive canal network. It is a city of true grandeur.

Cocktails with the Captain

Commanding any ship is a complex role that calls for a long list of skills. Captains know their vessels inside out as well as well as the routes they sail and when things don’t go to plan, they have to make instant decisions. Above all though, the most important part of the job, underpinning everything they do, is to keep the ship and everyone aboard safe. The Captain’s cocktail party is a great and a wonderful opportunity for passengers and crew to get acquainted as the gets underway.

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There is nothing more typically Russian than a Matryoshka. It embodies the fact that there’s always something deeper to be found in every aspect of Russian life. Learning the traditional designs and techniques used to decorate these iconic dolls offers a pleasant diversion and some cathartic creativity!

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Our restaurant serves the highest standard of international cuisine, freshly made by our Cordon Bleu Chef. Choose either a sumptuous buffet or set menu for lunch while dinner is always four or five courses with full service. High praise for the exquisite quality of meals is yet another constantly recurring feature in feedback from our guests.

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From the Mongol hordes to Soviet times, Russia’s history is, like all of Europe’s, a complex web of political intrigue, war and peace, trade and treaties, as well as heroes and villains. Academics devote whole lifetimes to studying Russia’s long past and one of them presents a series of lectures shedding light on everything from Gorbachev to Chekhov, Khrushchev to Ivan the Terrible and of course, contemporary Russia. Our Professor is on board throughout the river cruise for informal conversation.

Beginner’s Russian

The Russian language can be rather beautiful and poetic and we know that many seasoned travelers enjoy trying their hand at different languages. Our onboard teachers provide an introduction to the riches of Russian, so guests can try out a few useful words and phrases on real Russians during the exciting river tours from Moscow to St. Petersburg or from Moscow to Volgograd!

Russian tea tasting

The drink we tend to associate with Russia is vodka, but tea, in fact, is the much more universal beverage of choice throughout the country. Guests will get acquainted with the Russian tea etiquette, a fundamental component of the country's social culture, and enjoy the traditional tea ceremony while cruising from St. Petersburg to Moscow or taking a Grand Volga river tour.

Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting

All our dining is international but for Russian Dining night, the Chef includes a selection of traditional Russian dishes: Chicken Kiev, Kulebyaka and no Russian table is complete without Borsch. To add to the ‘Taste of Russia’ optional Russian dress, or at least a touch of Russian style, is provided along with enthusiastic help from our staff!

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A plate of pelmeni might not look like much to the untrained eye, but it forms the heart of Russian cuisine and culture. Basically, it's a type of dumpling: small portions of meat and onion wrapped in a thin sheet of unleavened dough and boiled, a little like ravioli. Guests can join a Russian cooking class onboard the MS Volga Dream to learn how to cook this delicious Russian dish.

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Some of the greatest classical music ever written comes from Russia. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting stage for a virtuoso solo recital by our resident concert pianist than the mighty Volga or a better backdrop than the heart of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov’s own serene homeland.

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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WARSAW — Edgewood Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade classes took to the water in cardboard boats as part of the class’ unit based on the book “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.

“The Boys in the Boat” is a nonfiction story about “how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant,” according to Brown’s website. The book was adapted into a PBS American Experience documentary “The Boys of ’36,” and a 2023 film “The Boys in the Boat.”

Edgewood Middle School Principal JoElla Hauselman said a staff member proposed students read the book, and that a discussion with staff resulted in the reading becoming a Project-Based Learning Unit, which covered topics such as music, cooking, science, math and history.

“It is just a fun experience, a learning experience to finish up the year well,” said Hauselman. She said that 500 students participated in 30 teams which designed the boats.

Each team was composed of a teacher’s student resource time class, and had a theme ranging from Batman to Hawaii, the U.S. Olympics, the video game “Fortnite,” and fairies vs. pirates.

“We wanted the USA theme from the beginning, even before we read the book,” said Edgewood Middle School student Ellie Greene. She said they read the book for two weeks, and built up to building the boats.

“The Boys in the Boat” follows Joe Rantz, one of the rowers for the University of Washington’s team that went to the 1936 Olympics.

“(Rantz) grew up in the Great Depression,” said Edgewood Middle School Student Morgan Gabrich.

She added the book “showed us how life was for him and the only way he could get a job and get money was if he joined the rowing team. He’d never rowed a day in his life before.”

Gabrich said Rantz’s rowing improved and he moved from the freshman team to the varsity team that went to the 1936 Olympics.

Edgewood Middle School student William Thornburgh shared that his team’s boat “started by building a box, and then we added the bow. and lots of duct-tape and layers to the floor and the boat.”

Thornburgh said he enjoyed reading “The Boys in the Boat,” and the related lessons.

On Friday, May 17, students were judged in a variety of sections for their boat teams: team theme, best boat and racing.

During the race section, each team had two rowers compete separated by grade in a timed contest at the Warsaw Community High School’s pool. All students were required to wear life jackets, and lifeguards were on standby.

The Warsaw Police Department also participated to demonstrate the rowing and raced against the winners of the 8th grade races, the Ninjas. The Ninjas defeated the Warsaw Police Department team to cross the pool.

Hauselman said Edgewood will have a different unit next year, then do a second “The Boys in the Boat” unit, taking lessons from the first year. She added she hoped to give students a positive experience they wouldn’t forget.

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As we approach this November’s presidential election, “blood bath” is quickly becoming one of Donald Trump’s favorite new terms . If he does not take the White House, there will be a “blood bath” in the auto industry. President Biden’s immigration policies are causing a “blood bath” at the U.S. border with Mexico. In some corners, this imagery is understood as a threat: What will Trump supporters do if their favored candidate does not win? He has repeatedly suggested that violent unrest could follow his defeat. Would it be a reprise of the American Civil War?

If any contemporary historian can give us a clue, it might be Alan Taylor. In AMERICAN CIVIL WARS: A Continental History, 1850-1873 (Norton, 534 pp., $39.99), Taylor, a University of Virginia historian who has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, takes a broad look at the lead-up to and aftermath of the older conflict, including the way it transformed life in Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

Does this wide scope work? Yes and no. I don’t think this book makes us look at the Civil War in a new way, but Taylor is persuasive in his assertion that the American conflict shaped the entire continent. “The United States emerged from the war with a stronger federal government and greater military potential,” he concludes. “Intimidated by that enhanced power, Russians sold Alaska, the Spanish bolted from Santo Domingo and the French withdrew their forces from Mexico.”

The cover of “American Civil Wars” shows a painting of a white Union soldier with a bayoneted rifle holding what appears to be a newspaper in a cellar. He is surrounded by a Black family. A woman in front of him is holding a lit torch so he can read what’s on the paper.

“American Civil Wars” also dwells on how the signs of a coming Union victory encouraged the creation of the nation of Canada from a diverse collection of British-held provinces on the northern border of the United States. (Now that the United States is a global power, any civil conflict in America would ripple around the world. Think of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, when lingering divisions over the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal made the U.S. government look weak and distracted; now imagine that on steroids.)

Taylor is a formidable historian and masterly writer. He briskly disposes of some persistent myths about the Civil War. If the fighting really was about states’ rights, he asks, why did the Confederate constitution ban its states from ever abolishing slavery? On the subject of Confederate fears of race mixing, he states flatly that “after centuries of sexually exploiting enslaved women, Southern whites projected their behavior onto Blacks.”

As for anyone who believes that the current turbulence on the U.S.-Mexican border is an anomaly, they will be edified by Taylor’s account of how Texans attacked Mexico for offering freedom to runaway slaves. During the early 1850s, he notes, about 4,000 enslaved people made it across the Texas border to freedom. In response, some 111 Texas Rangers rode across the Rio Grande to “attack, loot and burn the fugitive haven at Piedras Negras.”

After the Civil War, the U.S. Army general Philip Sheridan helped Mexican revolutionaries access 30,000 modern rifles, stockpiling them within easy reach along the Rio Grande in Texas. American weapons manufacturers were eager to sell off their excess inventory, which, Taylor writes, had been “refined in the recent blood bath.”

The historian and retired U.S. Army officer Thomas Ty Smith picks up the story of trouble on the border in THE GARZA WAR IN SOUTH TEXAS: A Military History, 1890-1893 (University of Oklahoma Press, 172 pp., $29.95). Despite all the talk today of an “invasion” coming up from Mexico, his short study is a useful reminder that havoc often has flowed southward across the border. In the early 1890s, the Mexican government was again deeply frustrated with the failure of the American government to stop cross-border incursions by Mexican revolutionaries who enjoyed sanctuary in some parts of Texas.

“The Garza War in South Texas” makes clear that, if there were another violent fracture on this continent today, we’d be lucky to have only two sides to the conflict. Civilian leaders near the border were often at odds with U.S. Army personnel, who in turn, notes Smith, thought many U.S. marshals were overly sympathetic to the revolutionaries. Officials in two Texas border counties brought charges against an Army officer, accusing him of conducting warrantless searches and arresting innocent people in the hunt for rebels. Meanwhile, one of the local scouts employed by the Army was arrested as an insurrectionist.

All civil conflict is complex, but few civil wars were so agonizingly byzantine as the Russian civil war that erupted as World War I ended and the Bolsheviks rose to power. In A NASTY LITTLE WAR: The Western Intervention Into the Russian Civil War (Basic Books, 366 pp., $32), Anna Reid, a former Ukraine correspondent for The Economist and The Daily Telegraph, focuses on the efforts led by France, the United States and, most of all, the British to support anti-Bolshevik forces in that fight.

Despite the book’s title, it was not a small campaign. Some 180,000 soldiers from 16 Allied nations were sent to try to prevent a Red victory. The Americans were fresh-faced newcomers; the British troops, by contrast, were those unfit for duty on the Western Front, “mostly wounded, gassed or otherwise unhealthy,” writes Reid.

No one was happy to be there. Not only did the largely czarist White Army suffer multiple troop rebellions, one of the White units that was led by British officers rose up and killed their Western European commanders. French sailors aboard two ships off the Crimean Peninsula mutinied, pulled down the tricolor, ran up the Red flag and then went ashore to join a pro-Bolshevik demonstration. There was even a renegade German army operating in Estonia, which declined to cooperate with the Allied commanders to whom they had just surrendered in the previous war.

All this insubordination went on despite the extreme acts of violence some used to try to keep order. One of the White generals in Crimea was Yakov Slashchyov, “a psychopathic cocaine addict who rode about with a caged crow attached to his saddle.” On a single morning, he seems to have left the bodies of 200 soldiers “shot in the back of the head” on a train platform. By evening, more corpses had been strung up from the station’s lampposts.

What, if anything, does all this tell us about Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine? “Outsiders,” Reid notes, “often get Russia spectacularly wrong.” But there is another, less apparent lesson to be learned: “Putin will fail for the same reason that the Whites did: because he underestimates the desire for freedom of the non-Russian nations.” A good lesson, too, for anyone today who thinks they can impose their vision of America on others through violence and intimidation.

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