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THE SAND PEBBLES, Richard McKenna, 1962, US gunboat on the
MASTER OF MORGANA, Allan C. McLean, Scots salmon fisherman
BILLY BUDD, FORETOPMAN, Herman Melville.
MOBY DICK, Herman Melville.
OMOO, Herman Melville.
REDBURN, Herman Melville.
TYPEE, Herman Melville.
WHITE-JACKET, OR, THE WORLD IN A MAN-OF-WAR, Herman
CHESAPEAKE, James Michener.
TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, James Michener, island life in WW
II US navy.
DARKEN SHIP, Nicholas Monsarrat, the unfinished novel.
THE MASTER MARINER, Nicholas Monsarrat, time traveler.
THREE CORVETTES, Nicholas Monsarrat, 194?
HMS MARLBOROUGH WILL ENTER HARBOR, Nicholas Monsarrat,
THE CRUEL SEA, Nicholas Monsarrat, 1951, WWII convoy escort, and
his best by far.
GREY SEAS UNDER, Farley Mowat, non-fiction.
THE BOAT THAT WOULDN'T FLOAT, Farley Mowat, non-fiction.
THE SERPENT'S COIL, Farley Mowat, non-fiction.
ANGEL DEATH, Patricia Moyes, 1980.
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman
Hall, see also In Search of Paradise, about Nordhoff and Hall.
MEN AGAINST THE SEA, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall,
PITCAIRN'S ISLAND, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, 1934.
THE HURRICANE, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, 1938,
DESOLATION ISLAND, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 5.
H.M.S. SURPRISE, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 3.
MAURITIUS COMMAND, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 4.
NOTE ON O"BRIAN, Patrick O'Brian, arguably the top novelist of life
under square sails.
POST CAPTAIN, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 2.
THE AUBREY/MATURIN SERIES, Patrick O'Brian, British Naval
Fiction at its best. Aubrey is a Captain in the British Navy, Maturin is
the Ship's surgeon. Good fight scenes, excellent details on naval life and
almost anything else ca. 1790-1815. The first volume is "Master and
THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin
THE FORTUNE OF WAR, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 6.
THE IONIAN MISSION, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 8.
THE LETTER OF MARQUE, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 12.
THE NUTMEG OF CONSOLATION, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin
THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin
THE SURGEON'S MATE, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 7.
THE THIRTEEN GUN SALUTE, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no.
THE TRUELOVE, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 15.
THE UNKNOWN SHORE, Patrick O'Brian.
TREASON'S HARBOR, Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin no. 9.
THE GOLDEN OCEAN, Patrick O'Brian, 1957.
MASTER AND COMMANDER, Patrick O'Brian, 1969, Aubrey/Maturin
THE WINE-DARK SEA, Patrick O'Brian, 1993, Aubrey/Maturin no. 16.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ROYAL NAVY: 1776 - 1816, C. Northcote
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HORATIO HORNBLOWER, C. Northcote
DEVIL TO PAY, C. Northcote Parkinson, 1973, 1800-period naval action:
THE FIRESHIP, C. Northcote Parkinson, 1975, 1800-period naval action:
TOUCH AND GO, C. Northcote Parkinson, 1977, 1800-period naval
DEAD RECKONING, C. Northcote Parkinson, 1978, 1800-period naval
STORM FORCE 10, Harry Patterson, german armed raider trying to
make it home in WWII.
BLOOD OF THE ALBATROSS, Ridley Pearson.
NOTE ON PEASE, Howard Pease, for "young" readers:.
THE TATTOOED MAN, Howard Pease, 1926, a tale of strange
adventures, befalling Tod Moran, <cuts> upon his first voyage from San
Francisco to Genoa, via the Panama canal.
THE JINX SHIP, Howard Pease, 1927, the dark adventure that befell Tod
Moran when he shipped as fireman aboard the tramp steamer "Congo",
bound out of New York for Caribbean ports.
SHANGHAI PASSAGE, Howard Pease, 1929, being a tale of mystery and
adventure on the high seas in which Stuart Ormsby is shanghaied aboard
the tramp steamer "Nanking" bound for ports on the China coast.
SECRET CARGO, Howard Pease, 1931, the story of Larry Mathews and
his dog Sambo, forcastle mates on the tramp steamer "Creole trader"
New Orleans to the South seas.
THE SHIP WITHOUT A CREW, Howard Pease, 1934, the strange
adventures of Tod Moran, third mate of the tramp steamer "Araby".
HURRICANE WEATHER, Howard Pease, 1936.
FOGHORNS, Howard Pease, 1937, a story of the San Francisco water
CAPTAIN BINNACLE, Howard Pease, 1938.
THE BLACK TANKER, Howard Pease, 1941.
NIGHT BOAT, AND OTHER TOD MORAN MYSTERIES, Howard
HEART OF DANGER, Howard Pease, 1946, a tale of adventure on land
and sea with Tod Moran, third mate of the tramp steamer "Araby".
BOUND FOR SINGAPORE, Howard Pease, 1948.
WIND IN THE RIGGING, Howard Pease, 1951, an adventurous voyage of
Tod Moran on the tramp steamer "Sumatra" New York to North Africa.
CAPTAIN OF THE ARABY, Howard Pease, 1953, the story of a voyage.
SHIPWRECK, Howard Pease, 1957, the strange adventures of Renny
Mitchum, mess boy of the trading schooner "Samarang.".
THE BOY, ME, AND THE CAT, Henry Plummer, Good writing about a
long cruise on a catboat.
THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET,
E. A. Poe, ca. 1840, mutiny and murder.
ADMIRAL, Dudley Pope.
DRUMBEAT (RAMAGE AND THE DRUM BEAT), Dudley Pope,
Ramage no. 2.
GOVERNOR RAMAGE, R.N., Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 4.
NOTE ON POPE, Dudley Pope, more Napoleonic naval action. Pope has
also written some naval history. If someone likes Alexander Kent's books,
he/she will no doubt like Dudley Pope's Ramage series.
RAMAGE, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 1.
RAMAGE AND THE DIDO, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE AND THE FREEBOOTERS, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE AND THE GUILLOTINE, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE AND THE MUTINY, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE AND THE REBELS, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 9.
RAMAGE AND THE RENEGADES, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 12.
RAMAGE AND THE SARACENS, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE AT TRAFALGAR, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE'S CHALLENGE, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE'S DEVIL, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE'S DIAMOND, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE'S DIAMOND, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE'S PRIZE, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 5.
RAMAGE'S SIGNAL, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 11.
RAMAGE'S SIGNAL, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
RAMAGE'S TRIAL, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. ?
THE RAMAGE TOUCH, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 10.
THE TRITON BRIG, Dudley Pope, Ramage no. 3.
BUCCANEER, Dudley Pope, 1984.
CONVOY, Dudley Pope, 1987.
BAHAMAS BLUE, D.C. Poyer.
HATTERAS BLUE, D.C. Poyer.
BOOK OF PIRATES, Howard Pyle, 1921.
FOREIGN LAND, Justin Rabin, modern cruise around UK.
HANGMAN'S BEACH, Thomas Head Raddall.
TIDEFALL, Thomas Head Raddall.
TUGBOAT ANNIE, Norman Reilly Raine, 1934, The Humorous
Adventures of the tug Narcissus and her colorful captain in and around
CAPTAIN KIDD, Norman Reilly Raine, 1945, fiction?
ALL WORKS, Arthur Ransome, All his books are great; the swallows and
amazons series is a set of children's books; kids seem to like them at
about age 7 or 8 to start with. Some of us go on reading them forever.
"We didn't mean to go to sea" is one of the best. A note from (fm) says
"The 12 Swallows & Amazons novels are best read in the order they were
written. They are not all about sailing, but most are. Ransome is
particularly good at the detail of sailing and at capturing the capricious
changes in wind, waves, currents, visibility, etc., that help make sailing so
interesting." He also notes, of another Ransome work, that: "Racundra's
First Cruise is a very interesting reminiscence of sailing in the Baltic.".
BIG SIX, Arthur Ransome.
COOT CLUB, Arthur Ransome.
COOTS IN THE NORTH, Arthur Ransome, posthumous; incomplete.
GREAT NORTHERN, Arthur Ransome.
MISSEE LEE, Arthur Ransome.
NOTE 1 ON RANSOME, Arthur Ransome, There is The Arthur
Ransome Society TARS, for the enthusiasts. There are some non-fiction
books about all this, too.
NOTE 2 ON RANSOME, Arthur Ransome, nominally juvenile; will
appeal to the traditionalist and to those who like Treasure Island.
PETER DUCK, Arthur Ransome.
PIGEON POST, Arthur Ransome.
SECRET WATER, Arthur Ransome.
SWALLOWDALE, Arthur Ransome.
THE PICTS AND MARTYRS, Arthur Ransome.
WE DIDN'T MEAN TO GO TO SEA, Arthur Ransome.
WINTER HOLIDAY, Arthur Ransome, no boating but part of series.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS, Arthur Ransome, 1930.
BADGE OF HONOR, Douglas Reeman, about the Royal Marines.
FIRST TO LAND, Douglas Reeman, about the Royal Marines.
HIS MAJESTY'S U-BOAT, Douglas Reeman.
IN DANGER'S HOUR, Douglas Reeman.
IRON PIRATE, Douglas Reeman.
NOTE ON REEMAN, Douglas Reeman, twentieth century period. see
also "Alexander Kent".
A PRAYER FOR THE SHIP, Douglas Reeman.
PRIDE AND THE ANGUISH, Douglas Reeman.
RENDEZVOUS SOUTH ATLANTIC, Douglas Reeman.
SEND A GUNBOAT, Douglas Reeman.
SURFACE WITH DARING, Douglas Reeman.
THE GREATEST ENEMY, Douglas Reeman.
THE HORIZON, Douglas Reeman, about the Royal Marines.
THE LAST RAIDER, Douglas Reeman.
THE SHIP THAT DIED OF SHAME, Douglas Reeman, set on an MTB
used for smuggling.
LONG VOYAGE BACK, Luke Rhinehart, escape from a nuclear
holocaust in a trimaran.
TALES OF THE CARIBBEAN, Garland Roark.
WAKE OF THE RED WITCH, Garland Roark, 1946, also on video.
THE WRECK OF THE RUNNING GALE, Garland Roark, 1953.
THE LIVELY LADY, Kenneth Roberts, 1937, American privateers
during the War of 1812.
CAPTAIN CAUTION, Kenneth Roberts, 1945, American privateers
during the Revolutionary War.
BOON ISLAND, Kenneth Roberts, 1956, Shipwreck on a tiny rock off of
the New England colonies.
THE BEDFORD INCIDENT, Mark Roscovich, 1963, US destroyer plays
nuclear chicken with a Soviet sub in the Denmark Strait.
NOTE ON RUSSELL, Clark Russell, recommended by A. Conan Doyle.
FLYING DUTCHMAN, OR, THE DEATH SHIP, Clark Russell, 188?
THE MYSTERY OF THE OCEAN STAR, Clark Russell, 1891, short
ROUND THE GALLEY FIRE, Clark Russell, 1893.
OCEAN FREE LANCE, Clark Russell, 1896.
THE WRECK OF THE GROSVENOR, Clark Russell, 1899.
TALES OF OUR COAST, Clark Russell, 1901.
THE BLACK SWAN, Rafael Sabatini.
THE FORTUNES OF CAPTAIN BLOOD, Rafael Sabatini.
THE SEA HAWK, Rafael Sabatini.
CAPTAIN BLOOD, Rafael Sabatini, 1922.
CAPTAIN BLOOD RETURNS, Rafael Sabatini, 1931.
COLUMBUS, Rafael Sabatini, 1942.
THE SHIPKILLER, Justin Scott, sailor vs. tanker.
OVERBOARD, Hank Searls.
NOTE ON SETLOWE, Richard Setlowe, modern post-cold-war thrillers
with hi-tech navy.
THE BRINK, Richard Setlowe.
THE BLACK SEA, Richard Setlowe, 1991, jihad pirates, Russian liner,
US Navy force.
THE TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM, Nevil Shute, machinist goes
to the South Seas to salvage a yacht and settle an estate.
LANDFALL: A CHANNEL STORY, Nevil Shute, 1940.
EYE OF THE TIGER, Wilbur Smith, modern thriller.
HUNGRY AS THE SEA, Wilbur Smith, modern thriller.
THE DIAMOND HUNTERS, Wilbur Smith, modern thriller.
KIDNAPPED, Robert Louis Stevenson.
THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE, Robert Louis Stevenson, may be his
best book, but not so much on the sea.
TREASURE ISLAND, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883.
OUTERBRIDGE REACH, Robert Stone, 1992, modern yachtsman tries
ROUGH CROSSING, Stoppard, drama; liner?
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, Jonathan Swift, 1726.
THE SEA LEOPARD, Craig Thomas, British nuclear sub with sonar
THE DEATH SHIP: THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN SAILOR,
B. Traven, 1934, Black comedy about the black gang of a doomed
freighter by the mysterious author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
KLEBER'S CONVOY, Antony Trew, U-Boats harry Murmansk bound
RUNNING WILD, Antony Trew, Anti-apartheid activists escape S. Africa
in a ketch.
SEA FEVER, Antony Trew, single-handed round trip yacht race across
the N. Atlantic in winter.
THE ANTONOV PROJECT, Antony Trew, Cold War naval spy story.
THE MOONRAKER MUTINY, Antony Trew, crew mutinies and
abandons freighter on way to Australia.
THE ZHUKOV BRIEFING, Antony Trew, Soviet sub runs aground off
THE MANILA GALLEON, F. van Wyck Mason, fiction based on Anson's
voyage around the world, 1740-44.
DICK SANDS, THE BOY CAPTAIN, Jules Verne.
THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS, Jules Verne.
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, Jules Verne, desert island story.
THE VOYAGES AND ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN HATTERAS,
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, Jules Verne, ca.
THE ENGLISH CAPTAIN, Simon White, 1977, Napoleonic wars naval
LEOPARD'S PREY, Leonard Wibberly, 1971, young adult; a powderboy
and the pirates.
BELOW THE HORIZON, John Wingate.
THE SEA ABOVE THEM, John Wingate.
"1805", Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series, 1800-period naval action.
AN EYE OF THE FLEET, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series,
1800-period naval action.
BALTIC MISSION, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series, 1800-period
BOMB VESSEL, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series, 1800-period
A BRIG OF WAR, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series, 1800-period
ENDANGERED SPECIES, Richard Woodman.
IN DISTANT WATERS, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series,
1800-period naval action.
A KING'S CUTTER, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series, 1800-period
A PRIVATE REVENGE, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series,
1800-period naval action.
TEA CLIPPERS, Richard Woodman.
THE CORVETTE (IN US: ARCTIC TREACHERY), Richard Woodman,
Drinkwater series, 1800-period naval action.
THE DARKENING SEA, Richard Woodman.
UNDER FALSE COLOURS, Richard Woodman, Drinkwater series,
1800-period naval action.
WAGER, Richard Woodman.
BLUE WATER GREEN SKIPPER, Stuart Woods, 1977.
RUN BEFORE THE WIND, Stuart Woods, 1983.
THE CAINE MUTINY, Herman Wouk, 1951.
6.6 Design, seaworthiness, arts of the sailor,
THE ALTERNATIVE KNOT BOOK, Harry Asher, A book about new
knots and splices that are appropriate for modern fibers and weaves of
rope. ISBN: 0911378952. (bm).
ASHLEY'S BOOK OF KNOTS AND FANCY ROPEWORK, Ashley,
The definitive book on the subject.
ANCHORING, Don Bamford, Anchoring is really a subtle and complex
business which isn't given the attention it deserves by many people.
While the chapter in Hiscock covers the basics quite well, this book does
it in depth and detail.(mh).
SEXTANT HANDBOOK, Bruce Bauer, This is about the instrument
itself and its care. Not really necessary, but nice to have.(mh).
VOYAGING UNDER POWER, Beebe, About design and building plus
long range voyaging; excellent short chapter by his wife about
provisioning and managing the galley.(tl).
THE PROPER YACHT, Arthur Beiser, Dated and out of print, but a
good guide to some of the older designs which are found on the used
HIGH PERFORMANCE SAILING, Frank Bethwaite, ISBN 0 87742 419
4. International Marine is at PO Box 220, Camden, ME, 04843.
Elsewhere in the world it uses ISBN 0 07 470 100 2, from McGraw Hill
Australia Pty Ltd, 4 Barcoo Street, Roseville NSW 2069, Australia. The
book is about 400 pages with four sections on the wind, water, boat
development, and how to use what you have. I'm up to about page 250
now, and Frank treats all areas of the world, and when nothing but local
knowledge will help you (he speaks of visiting bars on the waterfront to
talk to freight ship captains rather than local sailors :-). Good stuff...
(ab) From further discussion of this book on the net, it would appear to
be the very best on the subject, supported by serious research data rather
than conjecture. (jfh).
BOAT CANVAS FROM COVER TO COVER, Bob and Karen Lipe, A
very basic discussion of canvas work with a series of practical projects
from simple to complex.(mh).
100 SMALL BOAT RIGS, Philip C. Bolger, He's managed to take what
could be a very boring topic and make it intensely lively.
TED BREWER EXPLAINS SAILBOAT DESIGN, Ted Brewer, Good
introduction to the technical aspects and jargon of sailing yacht design.
BACKYARD BOAT BUILDING, George Buehler, This is a
no-nonsense(?) book on building stout seagoing boats. Most of it deals
with wood construction. Buehler is a designer, builder, and cruiser who
lives in the Pacific northwest, and his designs include power and sail
cruisers and workboats. It includes plans for 8 boats, but it IS really
about building in your backyard, in the tradition of Rable and Chappelle.
320 pg paperback, $24.95 IM 158380 (wv).
PRECISION CRUISING, Authur F. Chace, A series of cruising stories
which pose various problems in seamanship and piloting, along with
proposed solutions for those problems. (mh).
YACHT DESIGNING AND PLANNING, Howard Chapelle, WW Norton
and Co. New York 1971. (I don't know if it's still in print). The book to
turn to when you want lots of good useful, practical advice on yacht
design. Not heavy on theory but has years of experience behind it.(mp).
HEAVY WEATHER SAILING, Adlard Coles.
HANDMADE HOUSEBOATS - INDEPENDENT LIVING AFLOAT,
Russell Condor, Houseboats in the tradition of Whole Earth Catalog, so
read with caution. Contains photos and drawings of some good, classic
floating residences. 230 pg paperback, $19.95 IM 158022 (wv).
WORLD CRUISING ROUTES, Jimmy Cornell, A route planning guide
for world cruising with regional weather patterns, currents, etc. Highly
THE YACHT NAVIGATOR'S HANDBOOK, Norman Dahl, A concise
and very practical coverage of general navigation and piloting, the best
overall reference on the subject I have found. The section on celestial is
good enough to serve as a self-teaching course, although it probably isn't
the best choice for that purpose. Highly recommended, but appears to be
out of print. (mh).
YACHT NAVIGATOR'S HANDBOOK, Norman Dahl, A good
intermediate book between Chapman and Bowditch.(mh).
SAFETY AT SEA, George Day, Covers everything from yacht design to
abandon-ship in a broad and general way.(mh).
THE NATURE OF BOATS, Dave Gerr.
HOW THINGS FLOAT, E. N. Gilbert, American Mathematical Monthly,
March 1991 (Vol. 98, No. 3), pp. 201-216.
SURVIVOR, Michael Greenwald, The part of it you don't want to think
about but must. Mainly about liferaft survival, but also covers many
other topics concerned with safety and emergencies including medical
procedures. Highly recommended.(mh) ADVANCED FIRST AID
AFLOAT by Peter F. Eastman, MD. Seems to be the best all around
FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING FOR AMATEURS, Ken Hankinson,
You can get it from Glen-L Marine (look in the classifieds of just about
any sailing magazine). It covers pretty much all aspects of glass boat
building. More technical, covers different resins and reinforcements,
vacuum bagging, high tech as well as low tech, gel coats, laminating, etc.
CHOICE YACHT DESIGNS, Richard Henderson, See comments on
Beiser, The Proper Yacht.
SAILING IN WINDY WEATHER, Richard Henderson, A good book on
sailing in a half gale, but not a gale or a hurricane. (jfh).
THE GOUGEON BROTHERS ON BOAT CONSTRUCTION,
Gougeon Brothers Inc., Bay City, MI 1983. The best by far on cold
molding. Lots of practical hints. Good safety (esp. WRT epoxy) and
general/setup chapters. How to mix and use epoxy, how to engineer wood
composite structures. (mp).
DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF
OFFSHORE YACHTS, ed. John Rousmaniere, Technical, but required
reading for anyone choosing an offshore boat. This is a series of reports
which were inspired by the Fastnet race disaster of 1979 and sponsored by
the Cruising Club of America.(mh).
THE SCIENCE OF YACTS WIND AND WATER, H. F. Kay, G. T.
Foulis and Co Ltd 1971 Has most of the formulas you need, I guess.
CHAPMAN'S PILOTING, SEAMANSHIP, AND SMALL BOAT
HANDLING, Elbert S. Maloney, The bible of basic boating. Tons of good
information, with perhaps a bit too much emphasis on flag etiquette, but
otherwise excellent. Kept up to date by Elbert S. Maloney. (jh).
DUTTON'S NAVIGATION AND PILOTING, Elbert S. Maloneyn, I
believe this used to be published by the Navy and used as text at
AERO HYDRODYNAMICS OF SAILING, C. A. Marchaj, Adlard Coles
Ltd. 1979 A complete update of the previous classic text.
SAILING THEORY AND PRACTICE, C. A. Marchaj, Adlard Coles Ltd.
1964 A scientific analysis of the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic and
other design factors wich define the yachts behaviour.
SEAWORTHINESS: THE FORGOTTEN FACTOR, C. A. Marchaj,
(International Marine Publishing Company of CAMDEN Maine), $34.95.
This is the book on hull design. It is a nice melange of the artistic,
political, academic, and technical, and Marchaj has a fine writing style.
For boaters, all I can say is that most will find it very controversial. His
precise and tightly argued passages on just why the modern racing yacht
is neither seakindly nor seaworthy will have some, like myself, smugly
nodding, and others, most racers, I guess, hopping mad.
THE WORLD'S BEST SAILBOATS, Ferenc Mate', Even if you can't
afford the boats in this book, it will give you some ideas of what to look
for. Coffee-table format, glorious photography. Try not to drool on
SURVEYING SMALL CRAFT, Ian Nicholson, How to evaluate a
prospective purchase. Not a substitute for a professional survey, but very
useful for preliminary work before making an offer.(mh).
AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR (BOWDITCH), The
US Hydrographic Office, (2 volumes) More than you would ever dream of
wanting to know about navigation. Most of it is oriented towards big
ships, but everything there is, is in there somewhere. No one will take you
seriously unless you have Bowditch aboard.(mh).
BUILD THE INSTANT BOATS, Hal Payson, Simple, often
not-very-strong, boats.(jfh) Easy to build, and the ones with lots of
curvature tend to be strong and stiff (paraphrased). (wv).
BUILD THE NEW INSTANT BOATS, Hal Payson, See notes on previous
FASTNET FORCE 10, John Rousmaniere, Fascinating, absolutely
riveting book. It tells the story of the 79 Fastnet race from the
perspective of the participants, by one of the participants. His story gives
a different view than most of the general media reports, by somebody who
THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP, John Rousmaniere,
Simon and Schuster, New York 1989. A complete and thorough guide to
every aspect of sailboat handling by a leading expert in offshore sailing.
Chapters include the boat and her environment, safety, navigation, and
THE CRUISING NAVIGATOR, Hewett Schlereth, (4 volumes) A full
course in basic celestial navigation plus a complete reference work on the
subject with perpetual almanacs and sight reduction tables. No other
references are required. As a self-teaching course, it is not perfect but it is
very good (I learned from it). As a working reference, its only weakness is
that it does not include the moon and planets (perpetual almanacs aren't
practical for these bodies). Printed on waterproof paper with heavy
covers. This set cost $100 and is now out of print. A used copy is a major
find. Volume "00", SIGHT REDUCTION TABLES FOR SMALL BOAT
NAVIGATION is a find in itself. This is a much more convenient set of
tables than any of the standard sets (it is a condensed version of HO 229).
SKEENE'S ELEMENTS OF YACHT DESIGN., Norman Skene, An early
classic. Also originally called "Elements of Yacht Design." Dodd, Mead
and Co. First edition 1927, many later revisions and editions to the early
1950s. Out of print, first editions quite rare. A classic in the field.
OFFSHORE CRUISING ENCYCLOPEDIA, Steve and Linda Dashew,
Not an encyclopedia, but a tremendous collection of well informed opinion
on every subject imaginable. Oriented towards larger (sail) boats and
cost-no-object cruising, but it has something for everybody. Whether it is
worth the tremendous price (about $70) is another matter.(mh).
BOATBUILDING MANUAL, Robert Steward, The most concise book on
wooden boat construction (including modern methods). Easy to read and
understand. A standard reference.(mp).
KNOTS, Brion Toss, A nice little basic introduction to the important
knots and their use by a good writer.(mh).
THE RIGGERS APPRENTICE, Brion Toss, The more sophisticated
aspects of rope and lines.(mh).
BOATBUILDING ONE-OFFS IN FIBERGLASS, Alan Vaitses, (I think
it's now out of print). This one has so much wisdom per page it's worth
looking for. Really a hands-on book, Vaitses made a living building glass
boats for a long time, so he's made all the mistakes and knows what
works and what doesn't.(mp).
THE OCEAN SAILING YACHT, Donald Street (2 volumes), The first
volume is dated but covers the basics well. The second volume covers
most of the same subjects in a more complete manner and from a more
modern perspective. The volumes complement one another.(mh).
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SAILS, Tom Whidden, Not quite so
technically inclined is "Sail Power (The Complete Guide to Sails and Sail
Handling)" by Wallace Ross.
6.7 Films and videos
EN PLEIN SOLEIL, Alain Delon in romantic trio on classic med sail
yacht (?1962) (tl).
BURDEN OF DREAMS, Film, About the making of Fitzcaraldo.
FITZCARALDO, Film, Werner Herzog, director.
SAILING AROUND THE HORN, Captain Irving Johnson, video This is
a fantasic videotape. You can order it from the Mystic Seaport
bookstore/gift catalog. Here in San Francisco, they have it for sale at the
Maritime Museum bookstore. Capt. Johnson's film documents a rounding
of the Horn in 1929 (?) aboard the "Peking", a 4-masted barque from the
famous Laiesz stable of giant square-riggers. Amazingly, three of them
still survive: "Pommern" at the Mariehamn Museum in the Aland
Islands, "Peking" at the South Street Seaport in New York and "Padua" -
still afloat as the Soviet training ship "Kruzenshtern".
ANAPOLIS SAILING SCHOOL, John Rousmaniere, Five or six volumes
on various aspects of sailing. A nice hands-on approach. I've only seen a
couple of volumes, but I learned a *lot* in those two hours.
THE SHAPE OF SPEED, TRIM FOR SPEED, North Sails, Very good. I
believe the latter is the newer one. It is shot on a J-35 which I crew. A
number of the "rock stars" from North sails are on the boat in a race.
There is dialog between the crew "Do you think we need a little more
halyard tension?" Then they alter the halyard tension while showing the
sail change shape. They go through basically all the controls that affect
DRUM, Video, Sail around the world with the crew of Drum, the hard
luck maxi owned in part by rock star Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran
fame. Great sailing footage of the 1986 Whitbread Race, good music by
Le Bon. One of my favorite sailing videos. (wms).
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO SHIPS AND THE SEA, ships
An encyclodepia of nautical history and personalities.(sm).
THE OXFORD BOOK OF THE SEA, An anthology of maritime
MEALS ON KEELS, Bluewater Cruising Association, Cookbook from
local cruising ass'n in Vancouver. (dk2).
THE SAILING YACHT, Juan Baader, Out of print but shows up on used
book lists occasionally. Comprehensive treatment of all aspects of sailing,
VOYAGING UNDER POWER (3RD EDITION), Robert Beebe, The
only book I know of about long range cruising in small (50 feet/15 meters
or less) power yachts. The author has designed and built several such
boats and taken them all over the world. (mh).
SELL UP AND SAIL, Bill and Laurel Cooper, This book is hard to
describe. It begins with the question of whether you are cut out for long
distance cruising and then proceeds to a lot of varied topics which aren't
covered very well elsewhere. Laurel Cooper's sections on galley work and
provisioning are among the best I have seen. Very British and sometimes
startlingly irreverent. Useful and a good read.(mh).
MANAGING YOUR ESCAPE, Katy Burke, How to arrange your life so
that it does not require your presence. Oriented towards cruising but
applicable to anyone wanting to pursue a freedom lifestyle.(mh).
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SAILBOAT BUYING, The editors of
Practical Sailor, Two volumes, one covering the general subject of buying
a boat, the other reprinting many of the PS boat review articles. The best
general coverage of the topic. An earlier version called PRACTICAL
BOAT BUYING is still in print. This is a single paperback volume.(mh)
THE COMPLETE LIVE-ABOARD BOOK by Katy Burke. Every aspect
of living aboard a boat, technical and otherwise. This is also a good guide
to choosing a boat from the livability standpoint. Highly
COOKING ON THE GO, Janet Groene, A complete cookbook which
does not require refrigeration. Includes extensive information on
long-term storage of foods, as for a major passage.(mh).
Microcruising and Microcruisers / under sail, Pete Hodgins, Not yet published,
but written by a rec.boater; probably available from him in some
pre-print form at email@example.com (jfh).
SELF-STEERING FOR SAILING CRAFT, John Jr. Letcher, Out of
print and hard to find. Theory and practice from an accomplished
designer and sailor.
THE WIND COMMANDS, Harry A. Morton, A history of sea-faring
people and vessels from polynesian canoes to clipper ships with an
emphasis on Pacific voyages and what was needed to make them. Morton
discusses pivotal developments in ship design, navigation, maratime
medicine which enabled ships to cross the Pacific, as well as the culture
and lore of the sea. I didn't care for the writing style and organization.
The book has an excellent bibliography.
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF THE OFFSHORE CREW, Lin Pardey,
The domestic side of offshore boatkeeping. Covers much more than galley
topics and tells a good cruising story along the way.(mh).
ROYCE'S SAILING ILLUSTRATED, Royce, A compact little book with
a lot of info in it, including descriptions and pictures of sloops, schooners,
marconi rigs, gaff rigs, etc., in other words, a general intro to the styles of
boats that are around (although it doesn't get into the distinctions
between a brig and a bark, etc., but these rarely come up in day-to-day
THE ONE POT MEAL, Hannah G. Scheel., Not intended for boat use,
but probably the most practical boat or RV cookbook around. I've used
this since my college days. Probably out of print, but worth looking
A FIELD GUIDE TO SAILBOATS, unknown, Or is it "a field guide to
boats"? This little book lists about 250 types of boats, from Dyer Dhows
up to Columbia 50s. They are mostly ones that are in current production,
and some of them are so painful to the eye that you want to know their
names only in order to avoid them. Each page gives a drawing of the
boat, with arrows pointing to distinctive features, and a long paragraph of
text describing the boat. There's also basic info like tankage, sail area,
displacement, length overall, waterline length, etc. (jfh).
THE YACHTING COOKBOOK, Elizabeth Wheeler and Jennifer
Trainer, The only coffee-table cookbook I know of. Contains some of the
best recipes I have found anywhere, all easy to prepare. I use it at home
more than on the boat. This is for coastal cruising, based on regional
ingredients. Wheeler is a charterboat cook.(mh).
7 List of Contributors
Here is a list of the people who contributed to the information above. The
list is widly incomplete, because I started collecting the information (for
myself) long before I planned to make the FAQ, and didn't attach names
to lots of things people told me. My apologizes to those whose names I've
omitted. I'll gladly add them if you tell me to.
ab firstname.lastname@example.org Al Bowers
ag GERMAIN@CDHF2.GSFC.NASA.GOV Andy Germain
al email@example.com Anselmo Lastra
ay firstname.lastname@example.org Alan Yelvington
bj email@example.com Bill Jones
bp firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Plunkett
bm email@example.com Bill McGown
bs bsmith@hplvec.LVLD.HP.COM Brian Smith
bt Brigitte.Torok@CCIW.ca Brigitte Torok
cp firstname.lastname@example.org Chuck Peterson
cn email@example.com Cheryl Nolte
cr firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy Rossley
da email@example.com Dave Angelini
db firstname.lastname@example.org Deirdre Byrne
dk1 email@example.com Dave Kinzer
dk2 firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Kell
dz email@example.com David Zielke
eb boebert@SCTC.COM Earl Boebert
em firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen Murphy
fm francis@oas.Stanford.EDU Francis Muir
fs Finn.Stafsnes@tf.tele.no Finn Stafsnes
gb1 Greg Bullough
gb2 Gerard Bras
gb3 email@example.com Guido Bertocci
gf firstname.lastname@example.org Greg (Fox?)
gm email@example.com Greg Mansfield
gv firstname.lastname@example.org Gina Vertrees
hc email@example.com Hoover Chan
hl Hal@cache.declab.usu.edu Hal Lynch
jb firstname.lastname@example.org Jeremy Bloxham
jfh email@example.com John Hughes
jz firstname.lastname@example.org Jon Zeeff
la email@example.com Lance Andrewes
mb burati@APOLLO.HP.COM Mike Burati
mp firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Pedersen
mt markt@tekig1.PEN.COM Mark Tilden
pb email@example.com Peter Bennett
pe Peter_Engels@star9gate.mitre.org Peter Engels
pg firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Gustafsson
ph lotus!lotatg. lotus.com!phil@uunet.UU.NET
pk email@example.com Paul Kamen
prh firstname.lastname@example.org Phil Haseltine
rb email@example.com Randolph Bentson
rs firstname.lastname@example.org Roy Smith
rs2 email@example.com Bob Stepno
rs3 firstname.lastname@example.org Robyn Spady
sb email@example.com Stephen Bailey
sb2 firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Blair
sc email@example.com Steve Comen
sm firstname.lastname@example.org Stefan Michalowski
sm2 email@example.com Scott Morris
Scott Richard Berg
sja dv207@cleveland.Freenet.Edu Seth J. Alberts
tc firstname.lastname@example.org Tony Chatzigianis
tf email@example.com Timothy R. R. Flanagan
tl firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Lightbody
wc email@example.com William Courington
wh firstname.lastname@example.org Will Howard
wms email@example.com Wayne Simpson
wo firstname.lastname@example.org Someone Woodruff
wv VENABLE@faculty.coe.wvu.wvnet.edu Wallace Venable