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  1. #1
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    Default Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Hi there,
    I’m new to the liveaboard life (six months in) and for Christmas I received a book voucher (£35!). So I’m looking for liveaboard cruising recommendations. Like many, I keep a blog (read mostly by my Mum!)... but I recently, wrote a post about the books we (so far) couldn’t sail without. Books that might not be read cover-to-cover, but those that have been excellent inspiration, reference texts or helpful guides. I’m curious to hear from others as to whether there are any we’re missing?! I’ll happily spend the voucher on your top recommendation and review afterwards!

    https://www.thesailingnomads.com/log...-cruising-life

    Many thanks in advance.
    Kath
    s/v Caladh

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Das Boot
    The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
    The Mind of the Sailor
    Moby Dick
    Reeds Almanac
    The Marlinspike Sailor

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Apart from leisure reading, and obvious necessities such as an almanac and user manuals for the boat's equipment, why do you need any books?

    You seem to be perfectly capable as you are, and not in need of inspiration.
    'To lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe' (EC Treaty)

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Thanks for link to blog which I'll read when laptop is Handy. I always have Candide by Voltaire around - I think it's a work of genius

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Take your favourite book of poetry. No one ashore has enough time to read poetry

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Thanks guys. I was curious more than anything, some really good suggestions. We have two (small) bookshelves on the Victoria 34, one for essential sailing books and the other for pleasure reading.

    Das Boot - Heard of this, but never read - will google, thank you!
    The Seven Pillars of Wisdom - well I definitely need this!!! So will check it out, thanks!
    The Mind of the Sailor - not heard of this, will Google - sounds up my street, thanks.
    Moby Dick - YES! We don't have a copy on board actually, which almost feels blasphamas!
    Reeds Almanac - yes it's the bible isn't it.. we're heading out of Med, so will have to refresh all almanacs soon
    The Marlinspike Sailor - good one
    Candide by Voltaire - epic choice... I still haven't fully read through! Will keep trying though!
    Favourite book of poetry - oh it's so hard to choose though! I have the sonnets, which I love! Palgraves collection, but yes maybe a book of sailing sea shanty poetry would be nice to dip into off watch!

    Many thanks!

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Excluding those mentioned already, the Collins Bird book is invaluable
    La longue route if you speak a bit of french and if you don't the translation works too. I've got a few books on the shelf by sailors but I've never felt the need to rummage through them for a knox-johnston or macarthur quote. Moitessier however..
    On the poetry side, the complete works of coleridge has obvious nautical relevance and if your friends accuse you of being pretentious you can say you only bought it because you liked that Olivia Newton John movie
    I've never read the riddle of the sands. There's copy on my shelf I'm saving for either a really really good day or a really really bad day

    Can anyone recommend a book on cetaceans and other large marine wildlife? That's something I feel is missing from my on-board collection.

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    I would say the 'Rough Guides' to the countries along whose border you're sailing, together with books like "The Scottish Islands" by Hamish Haswell-Smith or 'Love and War in the Apennines' and other Med travel books, depending on where you're cruising.

    I know for many people that cruising is simply their country cottage with the ability to change the view from time to time. But I'm always conscious that we're travelling along the margin's of some spectacular countries, most of which lay inland.

    So once the library is complete, buy a bike to carry on board and head off inland from time to time, book in hand.

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    More good choices, thank you. I absolutely loved voyage for madmen... and became completely intrigued by Moitessier, never thought to read The Long Way in French, a great idea... thank you! I have ordered on Kindle

    I like Motor_Sailors idea of buying books to accompany the borders... we are in Sicily at the moment, so lots of potential!

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Books you couldn’t sail without?

    Quote Originally Posted by laika View Post
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    Can anyone recommend a book on cetaceans and other large marine wildlife? That's something I feel is missing from my on-board collection.

    I don't think I can recommend it but I like The Yachtsman's Naturalist:

    https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-sear...7s-naturalist/

    It's scope is too wide, from bugs to birds, to do justice to anything in particular and it was not new, even a long time ago.
    However it has aged nicely, it's authors were sailors and you get sage advice about the weight of anchors and how to dredge and preserve specimens on a small boat. A book from another age it feels nice in the hand and has what used to be called "full colour plates" sandwiched between the text.

    For youngkath - have a look at my suggestions on the Ten Best Books thread, I think you would enjoy them

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