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 the small-boat world, his voyage was the stuff of legend. in 1982 Mike Mann tuned up his tiny Montgomery 15 Little Breeze and set sail for Hawaii, arriving 38 days later. What inspired the voyage? How trying was it? What kinds of modifications did he make? What provisions did he bring? We can finally answer these questions because Mike has just written a 250 page book recounting the voyage. The soft cover book includes rare photos, maps, and an appendix with equipment lists, and a glossary of terms. In addition, Mike was kind enough to sign each copy with the inscription to "Pursue your dreams." This collectible book is only $12.99.
This new book by Rudy and Jill Sechez is called, Anchoring: A Ground Tackler’s Apprentice. Sub-titled “Basics and Beyond,” the text does indeed deliver both the simple stuff and a level of detail only an engineer would appreciate.
Topics addressed include: How to throw a rope, whether chain is necessary, the paradox of rope stretch, to swivel or not to swivel, how to use tandem anchors, preventing chafe, bridles, anchors for soft bottoms, working loads, anchor comparisons, etiquette in tight spaces, kedging, and much more—including tables, charts and illustrations.
Anyone who wants to dig in deep on the topic should appreciate this new volume. 218 pages, soft cover. $24.95
The bible of knot and ropework. Every practical and decorative knot, function and origin. 7,000 drawings describing 3,900 knots, splices and whippings. The final word on knotting and ropework the world over.
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.
"The ultimate cruising guide to the South Coast of British Columbia" Pacific Yachting. This gorgeous, heavy-weight 336 page all-color guide is the go-to guide of its type. This book covers over 250 anchorages with hundreds of maps and color photos. It includes piloting details for more than 30 passes and special info on dozens of ports and marinas. Anchoring tips, history and native culture, best beaches and hikes, wildlife—it's all here. This up-to-date 2014 second edition is based on 30 years of experience. $34.95
"The ultimate boat addict's Boat Book."—Minneapolis Star Tribune.
This revised and expanded fourth edition makes a perfect small-craft record keeper for cruises, expenses and maintenance. Large 8.5 x 11 volume with water resistance cover features categories like: Cruise Organizer, Boat Log & Record, GPS, Getting Shipshape, Records and Costs, Cruising Memories, and much more. 184 pages. Special for SCA, copies are autographed by the author.
How to tie and use correctly over 50 of the most common and essential sailing knots. Fully illustrated with clear, step-by-step instructions. Tie secure functional, appropriate knots for every onboard situation.
Toasts, tales & traditions of drinking's long history as a nautical pastime.
Here's a great little hardbound collection of wit and wisdom about where the sea and drinking meet. It's an enjoyable read and a spectacular reference for anyone seeking the right quote, toast or slogan. 112 pages. Dust jacket. $15.95
Excellent grounding in traditional and up-to-date electronic navigation techniques for near coastal passage making. Clear, instructional text with excellent photos, drawings.
The true art of cruising explained in charming and engaging detail by one its most enlightened practitioners. A classic.
The definitive reference on the art and science of rigging contemporary as well as traditional sailing vessels of all sizes. Lavishly illustrated and useful, covering knots, splices, fancy ropework, rig design and maintenance plus sidebars on better ways of performing common shipboard tasks. Author's style is not only illuminating, but delightful. This revised 2ND EDITION is hardbound.