'The Cruise of the Nona' by Hilaire Belloc
There may be a few people on this forum who, like me, try not to take sailing too seriously. 'The Cruise of the Nona' might appeal to them.
Any book that contains the lines:
". . .the Nona has spent her years , . . threading her way out of harbours, taking the mud, trying to make further harbours, failing to do so, getting in the way of more important vessels, giving way to them, taking the mud again, waiting to be floated off by the tide, anchoring in the fairway, getting cursed out of it, dragging anchor on shingle and slime, mistaking one light for another, rounding the wrong buoy, crashing into other people, and capsizing in dry harbours."
promises to be entertaining, and this is. The only drawback is that Hilaire Belloc goes on a bit in some parts about his Catholic religion and the politics of his time (early 20th century) but it is easy to skip these.
"Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in good spirits." RLS