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 

Fix It and Sail: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Retore a Small Sailboat on a Shoestring by Brian Gilbert

Taken by the Wind 
by Dr. Mike Jacker
Sailor's Voyage in a Bygone Era . Would you have sailed a 30-foot sailboat production Cal 30 to the South Pacific before GPS navigation and accessible ocean weather forecasts existed? In 1976, after graduating from Harvard College, Mike Jacker embarked on a year-long voyage aboard Rhiannon with two friends named Louis and Clark. 

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.

Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values by Daniel Robb

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
by Rachel Slade

Sailing Alone Around the World by Capt. Joshua Slocum

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by David Sobel
The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."

GPS for Mariners, 2nd edition: A Guide for the Recreational Boater by Bob Sweet
From the National Education Officer of the U.S. Power Squadrons, here is the operator's manual that should come with every boater's GPS receiver or chart plotter.

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