True stories of contemporary sailing disasters that will keep you alert and careful when you are on the water.
Suddenly Overboard tells stories about sailors who experienced catastrophes when least expecting them and who were rescued, or who died, or who lived to tell the tale simply by good luck. These tales will make you think “if these are the ways most sailors actually die, then what if I were in that situation?”
These true-life stories are told in compelling, short narratives, with an insider’s analysis of what contributed to the accidents so you know what not to do or what to look out for when you are on the water. You will learn important topics such as decision making under stress and the role of emotions in accident survival. The book also includes an exclusive interview with Gary Jobson, president of US Sailing.
In-depth discussions of many racer's common problems presented in narrative form based on a particular incident or related inci
We're not that big on cookbooks, but this one is really nice, both visually and in terms of recipes. After covering what galley cooking tools you need and what kinds of foods should be in your locker, Fiona gets into receipes, from Crab Macaroni and Cheese to Red Flannel Hash to Cod Chorizo and Chickpea Stew to Rum Punch.
From the book cover: "For anyone with a tiny galley kitchen and an appetite for fresh, gorgeous food, there's good news: no more bland cooking. These fabulous and easy recipes, all made with minimum fuss and maximum flavor will allow you to spoil yourself in harbor and keep things simple at sea..." 160 pages. $18.95
"Teaches sailing with flair and poetry." —Sail
This has long been one of our favorite how-to-sail books. It has a fantastic style with straightforward text and spectacular illustrations, and it has a small-boat emphasis. This is also maybe the easiest how-to book out there with simple, direct explanations and drawings on: Reading the wind, trimming sails, rigging a boat, docking without hassles, predicting the weather, getting out of trouble, anchoring, winning races, navigating and GPS, and trailering your boat anywhere. The Complete Sailor is also popular as a formal classroom teaching text—more than 100,000 copies have been sold. 240 pages. $17.95
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.
The purpose of this text is to ensure the survival of skipper and crew in the event of their boat sinking. While this might be relevant for SCA readers with larger boats, it's also instructive for how to better outfit the smallest boats—where the boat IS your liferaft.
It features: advice on the essentials to pack into the emergency grab bag for a short or long cruise, hot or cold climate, coastal or offshore trip; flowcharts to prioritize abandon ship procedure; techniques for survival in the life raft, short- and long-term - the why, when and how of life raft survival; and checklists and tables.
This famous book is small enough to be handy (5 x 7.5") but thorough enough to have the knots you're looking for (255 pages). What makes the book a little different is that it includes 647 color photos showing each knot step by step, but all photos are taken from the perspective of the reader—looking over your shoulder—so you see the knot as you make it. An essential reference for sailors. $14.95
The Weekend Navigator teaches you how to navigate using today's tools and methods, including the latest technologies such as smart phones. While electronic navigation is here to stay, author Bob Sweet recognizes that they are still based on traditional charts and piloting skills, and he combines the two to pass along to you a solid understanding of all the principles of marine navigation.
In addition to its continued ground-breaking instruction for the now-digital process of navigation on board power- and sailboats, Sweet helps you understand recent options for chartplotters, less expensive handheld GPS units, smart phones, and the navigation possibilities presented by phone apps. New to this edition is a section entitled "Ooops," which provides an insightful collection of boating accident tales resulting from common GPS and chartplotters no-nos. Using The Weekend Navigator, you can get on the water right away and learn to navigate in an afternoon with GPS; master chart-and-compass piloting while, not before, he or she departs; plot courses and fix positions on paper or electronic charts; and more.
Paperback 8.5 x 10.8" 288 pages. $24.99
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.
The Northwest's best-selling, most popular cruising guide. Informative and entertaining. Complete and up-to-date information on marinas, state and provincial parks, anchoring and piloting for all of Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, B.C., and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Includes the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound, North Coast of B.C. Articles on VHF radio usage, navigation aids, charts and more. With detailed marina maps, overview maps, and tons of photos. 383 pages.
A sail and power cruising guide to Lake Huron's North Channel and Georgian Bay, the Twin Saults, Drummond, Les Cheneaux and Mackinac Islands. By Marjorie Cahn Brazer. Includes GPS data. 37th Anniversary Edition. 8.5 x 11", 172 pages, spiral bound.