Yachtsmen can now benefit from the practical expertise of scores of sailors and captains from a vast range of boating experience who divulge a wealth of information on types of ships, sailing areas, and requirements. This guide brings together their best ideas and secrets, including simple and cost-effective ways to improve equipment performance that make life on board more convenient and comfortable, and sailing easier and safer.
Included are tips on mooring and anchoring, handling, stowing, securing, storing during the winter, and cleaning and of course, maximizing comfort in the cockpit and on deck. Easy-to-follow demonstrations of how to tackle often complicated tasks efficiently, without much effort, and without breaking the bank, are sure to turn any serious sailor into a master yachtsman.9.6 x 6.6 144 pages.
In 500 Days: Around the World on a 12-foot Yacht, resourceful adventuer Serge Testa recounts his dramatic circumnavigation. A lively account of microvoyaging from one of the true masters. Includes photos.
More than 70 accounts of big adventures in small boats. One of our favorites and a must-have for small-boat adventure readers.
This gorgeous new re-issue of Albert Strange—Yacht Designer and Artist, is suitable for a coffee-table! At approximately 8.5 x 10.5", this edition features a Strange biography and commentary on many of his designs. The book also includes drawings of 27 yacht designs, an appreciation of Strange the artist, a selction of cruising yarns, an updated collection of images of his paintings, photos of Strange boats afloat, and much more. 224 pages. 12 plates. Lots of drawings, illustrations and a comprehensive list of designs. Softcover with sewn binding, cover flaps and matt lamination.
First published in 1951. An examination of traditional American sailing workboats under 40 ft. on deck. Discusses design, development, and construction.
Quite possibly the closest thing to a small-boat cruising bible, Beachcruising and Coastal Camping is 352 pages packed with information on boat selection, modifications and outfitting, as well as places to cruise and safety gear. The authors were clearly living the life all the way! Great photos and summaries boats like of Sea Pearls, Dovekies, Drascombes, Pelicans, sailing canoes, etc.
Phil Bolger's Boats with an Open Mind is a must-have for every small-boat enthusiast. This detailed and illustrated 406-page text features 75 designs and concepts, including the Micro, Chebacco, Martha Jane and Birdwatcher series. Soft cover.
A practical handbook for adapting the junk rig to western style hulls. Emphasis is on practical, straight forward design and construction choices with tested materials and methods throughout. Instructions on sailing the rig, also. Well illustrated.
How to compare, select and sail cruising catamarans. Covers equipment and techniques for anchoring, diagrams, charts, specs and photos. The most comprehensive resource ever for this complex topic.
"Her book is nothing less than a love story for a wooden boat." —Tom Jackson, Woodenboat.
From the cover: "Around-the-world sailor, writer, and traveler Kaci Cronkhite knew better than to buy a wooden boat. But in 2007—smitten by the buxom curves of Pax and inspired by a life in the wind—she did. What transpired after that was a love story, an international mystery, and a seven-year quest. It was an unexpected journey for both author and boat."
Local author and friend of the magazine Kaci Cronkhite's just-released book is receiving rave reviews, and for limited time the copies offered through SCA are SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
Beautifully bound soft cover. 199 pages. Photo and illustrations.
For over 60 years the Nordic Folkboat has helped define the term classic sailboat and the class is still going strong in many of the world's most challenging sailing areas. Here's the design history along with many personal stories, photos and illustrations.
We stumbled across a cool book from a press called Boat House Books down in Portland, Oregon. From My Old Boat Shop is a huge, 356-page, 8.5 x 11 hardback chock full of good reading. The dust jacket says the book is a "narrative collection of Weston Farmer's gleanings from the old boat shops such as Elco, Racine Boat Co., Hubbard, etc. and from his personal association with the greats such as Rabl, Atkin, Davis, Hanna, etc."
I really didn't know much about Weston Farmer or his designs until recently when Associate Editor Marty Loken invited me out for a spin on his elegant Farmer-designed Sundance power-cruiser. Marty had told me how efficient Farmer's motorboat designs were, and sure enough the 17-footer climbed up on a plane effortlessly and quietly in front of a barely-throttled 25 hp outboard.
Having experienced it firsthand, I found the book's claim that "(Farmer) provides the 'secret inner workings' of old boat technology that was forgotten after high power and mass-production fever forever changed boat design," much more believable.
P.S. Some of the chapters: William Atkin Pt1 and Pt 2, Tribute to Sam Rabl, El Cheapo Planimeter, Flotation Models, The Kitchen Rudder, Power/Fuel, The Lovely Fantail Launch, The 18-Foot Runabout Pllywog.
"Simply the best book on boat design philosophy available."
- Bob Pickett, Flounder Bay Boat Lumber
Farmer is the practical companion to Chapelle."
- Bill Durham
"Farmer is a champion of the cause of the home boat builder."
- Sam Rabl "
Our last copy is reference only."
- Eric Cisney, Seattle Public Library
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