Cruiser's Reading List
Here is a shortlist of books to start with:
Crossing the Wake: One Woman’s Great Loop Adventure - by Tanya Binford
"One Woman's Great Loop Adventure follows the waterlogged travels and travails of a woman willing to risk it all in a quest to bring some adventure to her life. A beautifully honest account of riding the waves of a journey, both physically and emotionally grueling, author Tanya Binford recounts her arduous six months with amazing detail. After leaving behind her work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and saying goodbye to her grown children, Tanya Binford was ready to cast off. With an itch for sailing that had taken root decades before, she was finally ready to put her dreams into action--not even a lack of any real sailing experience could stop her!" (Note, she made the Loop in a 25' Ranger Tug - not a sailboat - but still a good read for sailors).
Two Years Before The Mast - by Richard Henry Dana
A World of My Own - by Robert Knox-Johnston
The first winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo, non-stop around the world race in 1998-1999.
The Voyages of the Damn Foole - by Tom McGrath
The Long Way - by Bernard Moitessier
An entrant to the 1998-1999 Golden Globe solo around the world race -but after rounding Cape Horn on his way to the finish, he abandoned the race and continued west around Africa and Australia a 2nd time to stay in Tahiti.
The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels - by Patrick O'Brien
Self Sufficient Sailor - by Lin & Larry Pardey
How to acquire and sail around the world and be self-sufficient.
Sailing Alone Around the World - by Capt. Joshua Slocum
Becoming a Sailor - by Paul Trammell
Buying and fixing up a cheap small boat and sailing from Florida's west coast to St Augustine alone.
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"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails!"
~ William A. Ward
"The rules are there, the physical laws that we have slowly learned. If we obey them we have a chance of survival. It is no use knowing that your boat is heading toward the eye of a storm and praying to God to see you through. That's not his job. It's your task to steer the boat away from the eye, and you are asking too much if you expect the boat to survive when you deliberately ignore the rules."
~ Robert Knox-Johnston