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Books for cruisers!

We have put together a list of books that we have found invaluable on board, from practical to reference – plus a few inspirational numbers to get your wanderlust juices flowing!

(Some of these links will take you through to Amazon, where we have tried to locate the best buy.  A purchase from here, will gift us a small donation to our Rum Fund... Cheers! )




Sailing with Penny Whiting – A Step-by-step guide to the basics of Sailing.  This is the first book I purchased when I decided to get serious about learning the ropes. It covers all the basic areas clearly and concisely. A great start for beginners!



Cruisers AA – Jackie and Noel Parry  This is a one-stop-shop guide to all things living aboard is both inspirational and practical - and is a fantastic resource for those planning to go cruising or currently underway.



Small Ships Manual  An extensive resource and an absolute MUST HAVE for safe boating and survival at sea, covering the ColRegs (Collision Regulations), IALA Maritime Bouyage system, lights and signals, radio comms, shipboard safety, Navigation, Meteorology and more...



Sails and Rigging:

The Riggers Locker – Brion Toss  You can't go past this book for all things Rigging on board. Ever wondered how the folk your local Marine company splice up your ropes and wire rigging - and how to do your own maintenance and repair? This guide will take your through step-by-step.



The Sailmakers Apprentice, A Guide for the Self Reliant Sailor – Emiliano Marino  This all round guide is a must for Cruisers covering all aspects of sail type, shape and theory, how to make your own sails and importantly – how to make your own repairs.



Illustrated Sail and Rig Tuning – Ivar Dedekam  A practical and well illustrated guide on how to trim your sails and rig for optimal perfomance on longevity.



Electrical and Mechanical:

12 Volt Doctors Practical Handbook – Edgar Beyn



Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Handbook – Nigel Calder  The go-to reference book!



How Boat Things Work An Illustrated Guide – Charlie Wing   An easy to understand all well illustrated guide for beginners.







Cornell's Ocean Atlas – Jimmy and Ivan Cornell  Satellite based Pilot Charts for every ocean in the world.



World Cruising Routes – Jimmy Cornell  Includes expected winds, currents and seasonal weather for over 1000 crusing routes around the world.



World Voyage Planner – Jimmy Cornell  Plan a voyage to and from anywhere in the world, with suggestions on tropical storm areas and critical months, suggested detours and ports of call.


The Voyagers Handbook – Beth Leonard  Brilliant!



Streets Cruising Guide Anguilla to Dominica – Donald.M.Street  Cruising Guide ot the Eastern Carribean.



Landfalls of Paradise  The go-to Cruising Guide for the Pacfic Islands.



100 Magic Miles – David Colfelt  The Cruising Guide for the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.


Dirk Seiling's Cruising  Guide to the Solomon Islands 






Coastal and Offshore Weather – Chris Parker  An easy to understand guide to learning how to read and predict weather.


Coastal Navigation – Jeff Toghill  One place you really need to know your Nav is along a coastline.  This will easily guide you through the tricks to Navigation.


Storm Tactics – Lin and Larry Pardey  If you're going to sea - you need this book.






The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew – Lin and Larry Pardey 


The Boat Galley Cookbook – Carolyn Shearlock






Where There Is No Doctor  A definitive 'what to do next' book for 1001 Ailments and Occurrences without the availability of Medical help.


Dangerous Marine Creatures  Illustrated guide on what to look for, what to avoid and what treatment to provide if you have an incident.


Dove – Robin Lee Graham


The Last Voyage of The Lucette – Douglas Robertson


Sir Peter Blake, An Amazing Life - Alan Sefton


Voyaging with Kids – A Guide To Family Life Afloat - L&L Pardey


Sailing in my Sarong, Around the World a 30 year dream – Linda Frylink Anderson

Swell - Captain Liz Clark



The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle


The Power of Intention – Wayne Dyer


The Miracle of Mindfulness – Thich Nhat Hanh


How to Practise the Way to A Meaningful Life – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

You are here - Thich Nhat Hanh

Logic Will Get You From A to B. 
Imagination Will Take You Anywhere!


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