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 listed below are about how to cruise. If you would like information on where, check out the Cruising Guides section.
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.
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."
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.
Aboard: A Cruising Guide for the Reluctant Mate
Most of us are not born sailors. It takes experience, practise - and sometimes even persuasion!
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...
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.
The official text of the American Sailing Association's Cruising Multihull Standard (CM) Certification.
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!
Great Cruising Cookbook: An International Galley Guide
Try a few of these 350 recipies, instead of yet another canned dinner!
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.
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