Cruising Boat Basics: Hints, Tips, and Tricks for a Fabulous Life Afloat

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Goodlander #ad - It does not cop-out by telling you to throw money at your problems by hiring marine experts. This book is written with the specific aim of helping sailors exactly like you accomplish these very real, very worthwhile cruising dreams—without a massive amount of money, complication, or BS. Cruising offshore isn’t rocket science.

It informs you how to not need those experts. Basic seamanship is far more important than coinage—and you can’t buy seamanship. There are a million good reasons why not to go to sea—lack of money is not one of them. Reading this book is like sitting in the cockpit of a battered ketch at anchor in an exotic port—and having one of the most famous circumnavigators spin yarns, tell jokes, and give the most outrageous advice on cruising under sail.

Cruising Boat Basics: Hints, Tips, and Tricks for a Fabulous Life Afloat #ad - In fact, circumnavigators with large purses actually have less fun than work-as-you-sail sea gypsies. They sail across oceans with no more concern than most yachties experience while putt-putting to the fuel dock. Forget the “you gotta have a pile of money” rock-hugger thinking. This book was not written for the edification of Topside-clad yachtsmen or teak-trodding credit card captains—but rather for the working-class sailor attempting to transit from dirt dweller to ocean vagabond without losing sight of the daily fun factor.

It does exactly the opposite. It is all basic, logical stuff.

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Buy, Outfit, and Sail

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#ad - How to inexpensively and safely buy, OUTFIT, and SAIL a Small Vessel Around the World. The primary aim is to assist the frugal, safety-conscious sailor in the purchase and repair of a modest sailboat capable of circumnavigating. The core premise: there is little correlation between dollars spent and pleasure received when it comes to cruising offshore.

Cheaper boats can be far more seaworthy than their expensive counterparts if the skipper’s money is spent wisely. Why not you? The focus is on simple, practical, effective, inexpensive solutions that allow the sailor-on-a-shoestring to have twice the fun on half the money. It is also a practical step-by-step guide to circumnavigating inexpensively—written by a freedom-loving sailor who has sailed twice around the world on a $3, 000 salvaged boat.

Buy, Outfit, and Sail #ad - What equipment do you really to sail offshore? how can you acquire much of this gear for free or inexpensively? What items are cheap where? How can you earn "freedom chips" as you cruise? Which routes are best?What common cruising gear do you NOT need? Why?It even points out the advantages of being on a tight budget: more friends, fun, time, destinations, freedom, culture, sharing, parties, camaraderie, and a clearer cruising focus.

The dream of leisurely sailing around the world is neither an impossible nor unrealistic one. The book is divided into three main sections: How-to buy a boat for peanuts, How-to safely outfit that vessel cheaply, and How-to happily sail around the world on a handful of pennies. In addition, it opens up a completely new, wacky, fresh “sea gypsy” world to the landlubber—a wonderful, watery world of international brotherhood upon the high seas.

Of special interest is the unusual, non-PC section on earning-as-you-go.

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Storm Proofing your Boat, Gear, and Crew

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#ad - 340 pages, 42 photos, 36 illustrations. Its core premise is simple: a used $3, 000, 000 sailboat can be safer offshore than a new $3, has the proper gear, 000 yacht if it is storm-proofed, and has a crew who knows how to deploy both. It cautions against any “running set” in mature seas. What about a tennis ball? what do drag queens have to do with it? do what with burst fenders? when should you happily and gratefully discard the $2, step-by-step, 000 worth of storm gear you just purchased? What are the two basic choices as a hurricane approaches? From where do you step into a life raft?This book shows you, how to survive a large storm aboard a small vessel on a big ocean—and at the cost of mini-bucks.

Denying their existence or pretending you will never intersect is silly. There is never a time when a storm is not raging somewhere offshore. Don’t allow lack of offshore storm preparation to scuttle your cruising dreams before they’re fully launched. How long should you stay in a storm? why? should you minimize or maximize your time within? why? what are some of the critical decisions you’ll need to make? is there a lee shore or do you have plenty of sea room? when is a “favorable current” the worst news possible? What’s the one thing you must avoid? Under what circumstance should you, most logical time to heave-to, for gosh sake, if you want to make more miles downwind, toss your dock fenders overboard? Which is best during an extended blow—bow-on or stern-to? Why? What does the center of lateral resistance have to do with anything? How can ten cents worth of kite string save your life? Why are transoceanic sailors obsessed with hording air? Why, would anyone immediately take a drink if they thought they were sinking? When is the best, unlike many, set a parachute sea anchor off your bow, or deploy a Jordan Series Drogue from your stern? What tools should you carry? This book, makes definite statements—with no hemming and hawing.

Storm Proofing your Boat, Gear, and Crew #ad - Or toss over a torn sail…here’s the reality: storms are perfectly ordinary, normal, everyday, natural occurrences at sea. Heavy weather management is simple—there are only two basic rules.

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Chasing the Horizon: The Life and Times of Modern Sea Gypsy

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G. Goodlander #ad - O'rourke, art Buchwald, and Hunter Thompson. Fritz seyfarth, tales of the CARIBBEAN. Cap'n fatty goodlander superbly conveys the emotion and mystery of sea voyaging, and his love for the family that voyages with him. Martin luray, senior editor, SAIL He's a classic story-teller in the tradition of P. J. It is an outrageously funny, and continuously shocking look at the strange, often touching, watery-world of sea gypsies.

Chasing the horizon is a delightfully demented sea yarn which chronicles the life and times a modern cruising sailor.

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Creative Anchoring: Everything a Cruising Sailor needs to know about Anchoring, Anchor Gear & Related Skills

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#ad - Doing what to a coral head? Cheap DIY moorings. What other book on anchoring contains information on heaving-to, sea anchors, and Jordan Series Drogues? Flopper stoppers? Shore jackals? Dinghies? Anchor weights. Welding cables. Salvage. Cheap anchors. Free anchors. Arming your lead. Aground! Kedging off. Snubbers. Karma! sea swine! sex and romance! dirt dwellers! what special precautions should you take while anchoring in very shallow water? How to realistically anchor in 200 feet of depth? And what is the Key Concept to being able to anchor safely—year-after-year—where most sane yachties fear to tread? It’s a book that only Cap’n Fatty would dare pen—written in his own inimitable, laid-back style.

Land sharks. Fish finders. Grappling hooks. Being tide-bound. And, it does it from the penny-pinching perspective of a confirmed “economically-challenged, ever-restless” World Cruiser. It contains everything a cruising sailor needs to know—including the proper cruising attitude and philosophy in relation to international anchoring-as-a lifestyle—and much, much more! It takes a completely new, totally unique “sea gypsy” look at the art and science of anchoring in today’s shrinking world.

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Becoming a Sailor: A Singlehand Sailing Adventure

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#ad - Still he was not certain about many things, the ability of the vessel, including his ability, and whether or not he could sleep in 20 minute increments for three or four days at a time. The reader will surf big waves in puerto rico, freedive into underwater caves in Florida, visit the remote Venezuelan outpost of Isla Aves, explore a huge and abandoned 1800's fort in the Florida Straits.

When the author departed on this passage, he had little experience, but had done much preparation and study. They will experience the joy of a perfect day, sailing at hull-speed under bright sunshine across the open water halfway between Cuba and Florida. Alligators will be encountered deep in the Okefenokee swamp.

An immersive non-fiction adventure story, "Becoming a Sailor" captures the scene as one would experience it. Manta rays, goliath grouper, sharks, dolphin, and many colorful reef fish move in and out of the story. Becoming a sailor" also goes into technical detail about the repairs and additions to Sobrius, a 1972 Dufour Arpege, as well as the techniques the author had to learn in order to sail singlehanded on multi-day passages.

Becoming a Sailor: A Singlehand Sailing Adventure #ad - The narrative moves back and forth in time, from the author's adventures leading up to the purchase of Sobrius to the final journey, then Miami, from Tampa Bay to The Dry Tortugas, singlehanded, and finally to St Augustine. Readers will feel that they are sailing in the ocean on a dark and windy night, beating into a northwest wind and heavy seas while rounding Cape Canaveral.

Fear is here for us to face, and adventure waits on the other side.

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Get Real, Get Gone: How to Become a Modern Sea Gypsy and Sail Away Forever

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Unknown #ad - Don't even think of buying a boat until you have read this book" Tom Cunliffe legendary sailor and author of The Complete Yachtmaster. The idea that you have to be rich to travel the world on your own yacht is so universal that it goes largely unquestioned. This book hopes to change all that. Rick and jasna’s recent appearance on ben fogle’s new lives in the wild chronicled their budget lifestyle and adventures aboard Calypso, and introduced the idea of budget sailing to a whole new audience – an audience who may have never considered the possibility that such a dream could be made a reality, on such a small amount of money.

The ubiquitous images of rich men on super-yachts sipping Martinis only help cement this image. This book is for them and for any experienced sailors who want to cast off the yoke of consumerist yachting and get back to what really matters at sea. If you are not rich, but dream of seeing our beautiful world from the deck of your own boat, this book is packed full of practical and spiritual advice to help you cut through the endless marketing and identify what it is you truly need to become a modern sea gypsy and sail away on the greatest adventure of your life….

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Off The Grid: How I quit the rat race and live for free aboard a sailboat

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#ad - This let me clear up my debts, and in turn, freed my spirit. I am usually on the move or keep my boat anchored out in the water, so that I don't have to pay marinas any rent. Living on a boat, but scary ones, I've met a wild cast of characters and had a ton of adventures -- hilarious ones, too. In the following pages, i'll share those adventures with you, as well as some how-to information for anyone curious about following a similar path.

In between chapters, i've interspersed some of my insights, just as I wrote them, taken straight from my Captain's Log. Introductioni went from working 60 hours a week and getting nowhere to working three months a year and going everywhere. Don't call it a “diary”! LOL. I hope that as you read this book, you will feel sailingas though you’re along with me, the salt and wind in your hair, fruity island drink by your side, lost in the amazement of the sea.

Off The Grid: How I quit the rat race and live for free aboard a sailboat #ad - Most of all, i hope you'll be inspired to go after whatever's been pulling on your heart. I outfitted her with rainwater catchment tanks, plus solar panels to power my freezer and navigation instruments. There were highs and lows, working, but one constant: I spent a lot of time working, and working some more – and still stressing about money.

Finally, in 2013, i spent $12, 500 to buy a sturdy 39-foot Ericson sailboat that needed a little work. Since then, i’ve been living full-time aboard the Gypsea Soul, on the water.

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Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging

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Adlard Coles #ad - John kretschmer is sailing's practical philosopher – as much a doer as a thinker. He truly believes we find out who we really are, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape – days may merge into one another, and what we are capable of, but minutes are memorable. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea.

And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. His crew has included ceos, teachers, writers, kids – in essence, actors, everyone. With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, John's adventures have taken him several times around the world, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing.

Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging #ad - To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. John's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship, and just as importantly, but also, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.

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Storm Tactics: Modern Methods of Heaving-to for Survival in Extreme Conditions, 3rd Edition

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Paradise Cay Publications #ad - In a storm at sea, luck is highly biased toward the sailor who has a plan. There is only one storm tactic that has the ability to sap the power of breaking seas, they explain. A discussion of the many ways heaving-to can be useful at sea as a way to help the crew keep well rested, to effect repairs, to steady a vessel should outside assistance ever be necessary will convince even those who plan to run before their imagined ultimate storm that heaving-to is still a must know.

So write lin and larry pardey in this, the third edition of their highly regarded Storm Tactics Handbook. As in the first two editions of this book, they describe their concerns about the tendency of modern sailors to discard the classic methods used to bring sailing vessels of all sizes from vast clipper ships to tiny yachts through amazingly strong winds and heavy seas.

Storm Tactics: Modern Methods of Heaving-to for Survival in Extreme Conditions, 3rd Edition #ad - Practiced the skills taught by Lin and Larry Pardey. With insights gained from these recent voyages, they have fully revised and expanded this text by more than 40 percent, including nine completely new chapters. This has taken them as far north as norway, twice across the Atlantic, into the Pacific, around Cape Horn against the prevailing winds, south to Argentina, and then on a circuit of the North Pacific.

Highly readable stories of the Pardeys encounters with storms, and of experiences related by several other modern sailors, help illustrate and expand the points made in this book. Since writing the previous edition of Storm Tactics Handbook, Lin and Larry have voyaged an additional 35, 000 miles. Not knowing how to heave-to in bad weather is as inexcusable as not knowing red, right, return.

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Inspecting the Aging Sailboat The International Marine Sailboat Library

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International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press #ad - ". The perfect place to begin, or continue, your education. Sailingwhether you are shopping for a used fiberglass boat or prioritizing maintenance tasks on the one you already own, this book saves money--and perhaps even disaster. With clear step-by-step drawings and instructions, Don Casey explains how to recognize problems--both surface and hidden--and how to separate cosmetic flaws from serious faults.

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