Our own William Mantis shows readers how to get under sail with a minimal investment of time and money in his "complete builder/ user/ experimenter/ historical guide and philosophical treatise" on The $50 5 Hour Canoe Sail Rig. 95 pages. Soft Cover.
The gorgeous new book covers canoe yawls in detail, with chapters like "the Four Pioneers" "The Golden Age," "Why the Canoe Yawl?" and "The Canoe Yawl Today." The book is full to the gunnels with fantastic color and black and white illustrations of famous or important canoe yawl designs, plans, photos, charts and graphs. There's even a forward from small-boat designer Iain Oughtred.
Here's the description from the publisher: The Canoe Yawl was developed from the sailing canoe in late Victorian times to better suit the conditions encountered on Britain’s coasts and larger estuaries, and in this history, study and present-day survey Richard Powell, Technical Secretary of The Albert Strange Association, makes its case to be the best type today for the single- or short-handed coastal cruising sailor. The story of this modest yet seaworthy family of boats is described from its emergence with the Victorian pioneers of leisure sailing, through its hey-day around the turn of the twentieth century, its decades in the doldrums following the Great War, and its remarkable and welcome revival in recent years using both traditional and modern materials. Profusely illustrated with the author’s drawings, original design drawings, and photographs—spanning the past century and a half—The Canoe Yawl is an essential addition to the literature of traditional sail.
ISBN 978-1-907206-31-3; 216 x 216mm, 160 pages, profusely illustrated in colour and monochrome. Softcover with sewn binding, cover flaps and matt lamination.
Just released, Roger Barnes' The Dinghy Cruising Companion is one of the most exciting small-boat specific books to come along in some time. 256 slick, well designed pages cover topics like Finding a Good Boat, Fitting Out, Mooring and Anchoring, Preparing for Open Water, Coastal Navigation, Keeping Comfortable and Safe, and much more. Countless color photos, maps and illustration are part of this full color, glossy text. This comprehensive guide is perfect for aspiring or already-enthusiastic dinghy cruisers. Published by Adlard Coles, UK.
This book will appeal to anyone who has ever been drawn to the water and wondered about what it would be like to experience the personal freedom of being their own skipper on a small sailboat. If you're already sailing a small boat such as a Potter 15, but want to improve your skills and expand your horizons, you'll find this book quite helpful. The Gentle Art of Pottering will guide you through finding a boat, day sailing, cruising, and racing which are the major activities that sailors do. The subjects covered are extensive and detailed, but explained in the simplest of terms. The author, Mr. Bacon, has been sailing his Potter 15 for ten years. He has cruised his boat throughout the Pacific Northwest and raced successfully at both the Cruiser Challenge and Sail Havasu events. Mr. Bacon has been sailing small boats for over fifty years and resides in the SanFrancisco Bay Area.
A comparative survey of 95 percent of the fiberglass pocketcruising sailboats ever built. A must-have reference for small craft lovers.
Author Steve Henkel has researched hundreds of cruising sailboats less than 26 feet long--pocket cruisers--to create this definitive gallery and handbook of the small cruising sailboats built in the last 45 years.
With detailed plans, specifications, performance indexes, and commentary for every model the author could find (360 in all!), "The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats" is your ideal core reference for the used and new boats you see on the water.
David Nichols' nice 8.5 x 11 book focuses on the lug sail, the gaff sail, the sliding gunter, the sprit sail, and more. Also included are marlinspike basics and tips on rigging. And there's information on how to retrofit a modern boat with a traditional sail. One of a few modern references on the topic, this 96-page book features many photographs and illustrations.
Small Craft Advisor contributor Gregg Nestor's new Trailer Sailer Owner's Manual is packed with info on selecting, caring for and enjoying a trailerable sailboat.
In-depth reviews of twenty affordable, comfortable, seaworthy sailboats ranging in size from 30-38 ft. Used sailboats can be affordable jewels, allowing cruisers on a budget to get out there. An authoritative guide brimming with information and expert opinions.
Fresh, insightful, informed views about what to look for in a pocket cruiser with twenty carefully selected, previously sailed designs that offer the most to those willing to go small, go simple. Author has the credentials to know a boat for what it is.