It is not about getting there. Sure you do want to, eventually, but cruising is the wonderful feeling of being under way. Not hurrying along, but just safely, leisurely cruising - maybe even in style!
The books and videos listed below are about how to cruise. If you would like information on where, check out the Cruising Guides section.
All About Cruising
Well, certainly a lot about cruising, anyway, on sailboats and motorboats alike.
All in the Same Boat: Family Living Aboard and Cruising
So many of us dream about quitting the 9 to 5 routine, buying a sailboat, and setting sail for a world full of adventures. Here's a well written book about a family who did just that. It is a sober and informative account, but it won't stop you dreaming. In fact, some of you will go ahead and actually do it!
If you have ever been on a sailing holiday, nothing else will ever do. And today, you can charter boats almost anywhere in the world. But for many, doing that first charter can seem like a big leap. If so, this excellent guide will certainly help you on your way to a new world of adventures.
Coming About: A Family Passage at Sea
"In a wonderful meditation on marriage, family, and the beauty of togetherness, Susan Tyler Hitchcock tells the inspiring story of how the members of her family reconnected on a nine-month sail--3,500 miles--around the Caribbean."
A great read for the cruising novice, and all who are contemplating cruising. Highly recommended!
Cruising for Cowards: Strategies, Boats and Equipment Preferred by Experienced Cruisers
Witty yet very useful guide to cruising, with a novel approach. An excellent place to start off if you are rather new to cruising!
Very informative guide for those who want to step up from daysailing smaller boats to cruising, on their own boats, or maybe on bareboat charter holidays. Starts where the book Sailing Fundamentals left off.
Cruising Under Sail
While a new edition would be nice - this latest one is from 1989 - this is still one of the best books ever written on the topic of cruising with sailboats.
Dragged Aboard: A Cruising Guide for the Reluctant Mate
Most of us are not born sailors. It takes experience, practise - and sometimes even persuasion!
Good Cruising: The Illustrated Essentials
Many cruising books seem to be about doing extended blue water voyages under sail. Nothing wrong with that, but a lot of cruising is done on sailboats and motor boats alike in coastal and inshore waters - which is what this book is about. A very informative read for those who are just starting out, and not looking at circumnavigating quite yet...
Handbook of Offshore Cruising: The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Sailing
Covers just about everything on the topic of offshore cruising on sailboats in the 30-40 ft range.
Multihull Cruising Fundamentals
The official text of the American Sailing Association's Cruising Multihull Standard (CM) Certification.
Ocean Cruising on a Budget
You don't need to be a dollar millionaire to realize your voyaging dreams. This book will help you make your money go a long way - as will you and your boat.
Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia
One of the best and most comprehensive books on sailboat cruising ever written.
Safety Preparations for Cruising
Very thorough guide on how to prepare yourself and your boat for extended voyages.
The Cruising Multihull
There are not many books written on the subject of cruising aboard multihulls. This is a very good one, though.
The Cruising Woman's Advisor: How to Prepare for the Voyaging Life
Another book about taking the big leap, but this time from a woman's perspective. Very refreshing!
The Great Cruising Cookbook: An International Galley Guide
Try a few of these 350 recipies, instead of yet another canned dinner!
The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Bluewater Cruising
This new book (published 1998) is likely to become the new bible for offshore cruisers, blue water sailors, circumnavitagors... Has received raving reviews from the boating press as well as its readers, and deservedly so.
Voyaging on a Small Income
Funny and inspiring book about how to sail the world on the tiniest of incomes. One question remains: How does the author keep her income so small, taking into account the considerable success of this book? Can we expect to see the title "Voyaging on a Much Larger Income" in print soon?
Please note that these videos are in NTSC format. This is the system used in the US and Canada. For overseas orders, please make sure that your VCR can show tapes in the NTSC format.
You will find related videos in the Sailing and Seamanship sections. And of course, for more excitement, see the narrative and shipwrecked sections!
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