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BLUEWATER CRUSERS A by-the-numbers compilation of seaworthy offshore-capable fiberglass monohull production sailboats by North American designers.
By David Bennett Laing. Paperback, 0.71kgs, 233mm x 235mm, 188 pages, Black & White illustrations, Published 2017.
Whether you’re new to sailboat cruising or you’ve already crossed the ocean a few times, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the astonishing range of new and used bluewater cruisers currently on the market. This book helps you navigate those waters using the revolutionary new Seaworthy Index, a comprehensive rating system that combines motion comfort with ocean-capable sturdiness and safety. You’ll discover:
Authoritative reviews of 400 sailboats in 6 size categories.
Ratings for each entry based on 11 key criteria.
Photographs, sail plans, hull details, and other specs for every model.
Performance ratings under various sea states and weather conditions.
Packed with insider tips, expert assessments, and Pro-and-Con opinions you won’t find anywhere else, the book tells you everything you want to know: how smoothly the boat sails, how easily it handles in rough waters, how roomy and comfortable it is, how well the design suits your lifestyle, and much more. It also includes a must-have directory of sailing websites and other resources. This is your one-stop guide to finding the perfect bluewater cruiser that’s right for you—and for the greatest voyage of your life.
NZ$54.00 + Delivery.
THE TROLLER YACHT BOOK
How to cross oceans without getting wet or going broke.
By George Buehler. Hardback, 0.45g, 160mm x 235mm, 185 pages, Black & White illustrations, Published 2011. 2nd Edition.
This is the 21st century update of yacht designer George Buehler's popular Troller Yacht Book, the guide to fuel efficient and safe offshore cruising powerboats. Loaded with detailed information about cruising design theory, building, and outfitting, it is even more essential reading than the original edition for anyone thinking about ocean cruising in a powerboat.
Buehler's attractive, affordable, rugged, and ultra-economical powerboat designs are popular, and are cruising all the world's oceans.
NZ$75.00 + Delivery.
TWENTY AFFORDABLE SAILBOATS TO TAKE YOU ANYWHERE
By Grehh Nestor. Paperback, 0.53g, 152mm x 228mm, 210 pages, monochrome & drawings and plans. Published 2007.
In this book you will find in-depth reviews of twenty affordable, comfortable, and seaworthy sailboats. These boats range in size from 30-38 feet, an ideal size for the cruising couple, yet big enough to accomodate an occasional cruising hitchhiker or two. All of these boats were once prominent offerings, designed by some of the world's leading naval architects and produced by reputable manufacturers. These boats are still readily available in the used boat market.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery.
PASSAGE MAKING MADE PERFECT.
By Alastair Buchan. Paperback, 0.58g, 172mm x 246mm, 224 pages, colour photographs & drawings. Published 2013.
Planning and carrying out a successful, safe and enjoyable passage is a real art - it's about making the most of your time, your crew, and giving you the confidence to be more adventurous. This practical and comprehensive book shows you how to master the whole process, from planning before setting off to fine-tuning once underway.
Starting with the first glimmerings of an idea and taking you through to safe arrival at your landfall, Passage Making Made Perfect is a feast of information, covering:
day, coastal, offshore, ocean and inland waterways passages.
setting achievable goals, given the capabilities and strength of the boat and crew.
elements to consider when creating the plan; tides, weather, timetables, the route.
fine-tuning the plan in response to changing conditions, and dealing with emergencies.
approaching your destination, and arrival.
Including handy checklists, flow charts and case studies, this book will give you the tools and the confidence to carry out safe and seamanlike passages, wherever and whenever they might be.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
DAG PIKE'S CRUISING UNDER SAIL.
By Dag Pike. Paperback, 0.6kg, 187mm x 246mm, 192 pages, colour photographs & drawings. Published 2013.
Cruising in a sailboat is so much more than a voyage from A to B. It's about visiting new and exciting places, and gaining pleasure and satisfaction from making the passage itself. Getting it right and enjoying the experience is a real skill, and this book shows you how to do just that.
Ideal for novices starting out and all sailboat cruisers wanting to improve, this highly practical guide takes you through all the steps from departure to arrival, covering:
the preparations before setting off
assessing the sea and weather conditions
briefing the crew
coping when things go wrong
operating the boat under different and sometimes challenging conditions
conforming with rules and regulations
With checklists, tips and personal anecdotes, all illustrated with superb photography, this is a hands-on book that will give you the confidence and know-how to carry out a safe and successful cruise.
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By Barry Pickthall. Paperback, 0.31kg, 130mm x 198mm, 143 pages, colour photographs & drawings.
The prospect of taking your boat to the Continent for the first time is hugely appealing yet can be daunting for even the experienced coastal sailor.
This book shows how taking a trip across the Channel or the North Sea is eminently achievable for anyone with basic boat-handling skills and navigational knowledge.
Get to grips with:
What qualifications you will need and what paperwork you should carry
How to plan your best passage including suitable ports of refuge
How to make a detailed pilotage plan for your landfall ports
How to brief your crew on safety and what your first aid, tool, sail repair and navigation kits should include
Which hull and electronics checks you should carry out
What provisions you will need and how to deal with seasickness
Highly practical, clearly illustrated and extremely informative, this guide takes the boater through all the essential stages, in a confidence-boosting fashion. It's the ultimate first-timer's guide.
NZ$38.00 + Delivery.
THE MODERN CRUISING SAILBOAT.
By Charles J. Doane. Hardback, 223mm x 283mm, 391 pages, monochrome photographs & drawings.
Your ideal boat is waiting for you... but you won't find it until you understand what you're looking for and what you're looking at. Sailboat design is about more than just aesthetics; a cruising yacht's design, construction, and outfitting affect its speed, seaworthiness, comfort, durability, ease of handling, and value. Until you know what blend of qualities defines the boat that fits you like a glove - and how to recognize that boat when you see it - you and the cruising sailboat of your dreams will be like ships passing in the night.
In this comprehensive reference book, veteran cruiser and sailing journalist Charlie Doane shows you:
How a modern cruising sailboat is conceived, how it's put together, and how it's rigged and equipped.
How you can easily judge a boat's performance and motion.
How to evaluate a boat's strength, ease of handling, and seaworthiness.
How to assess the ramifications of each design decision.
And how to relate this knowledge to the sort of cruising you want to do.
And he puts these principles into action in detailed profiles of 40 boats from 28- to 66-feet long. Whether you intend to cruise the coast or far offshore, in shallow waters or deep, in strong winds or light, you may find the boat that's just right for you in this gallery. You may even realize that your ideal boat is the one you already own - once you modify its rig or outfit it differently.
The modern cruising sailboat is the most marvelous machine ever conceived by the human mind. This is your operating manual.
NZ$73.00 + Delivery.
COASTAL CRUISING UNDER POWER.
By Gene & Katie Hamilton. Paperback, 186mm x 234mm, 350 pages, monochrome photographs, tables & drawings.
Enjoy the cruising life in style, comfort, and confidence. Veteran live-aboards Gene and Katie Hamilton show you how to handle your cruising powerboat, navigate it safely from point to point, equip it with the latest, most useful gear, and keep it running smoothly and looking great.
Don't own a cruising boat yet? You'll learn how to select a new or used boat that fits your needs and budget, so you and your family can enjoy days, weeks, even months, on the water. This comprehensive guide includes:
Hundreds of proven big-boat handling tips
Simplified docking and anchoring techniques
Trip planning advice
Descriptions of the best U.S. cruising destinations
Tips on casual entertaining, with lots of cruise-easy recipes
Hundreds of photos and illustrations guide you step-by-step through every aspect of powerboat cruising.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
IT'S YOUR BOAT TOO.
By Suzanne Giesemann. Paperback, 152mm x 228mm, 234 pages, monochrome photos & drawings.
Commander Suzanne Giesemann draws on her twenty years in the Navy as a commanding officer and leadership instructor to write this empowering guide for women boaters. Power or sail, it you are just going along for the ride, you are limiting your enjoyment on the water. Suzanne encourages women to take a bigger role on board by addressing common fears and self-limiting attitudes. She shares the nautical knowledge necessary to become a safer, more competent, and more confident boater.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
By Margaret Dye. Paperback, 0.4kg, 139mm x 216mm, 218 pages, monochrome photos & drawings. New Edition 2011.
Dinghy cruising is a magical way of exploring new coastlines and experiencing nature at close quarters. For families or solo sailors alike, it offers memorable adventure at affordable cost and with the freedom to pull up at any time on any beach or riverbank that looks alluring.
Here, Margaret Dye shares the knowledge gained from many years' hard-won experience to help others enjoy the experience of cruising in a dinghy to the full:
choosing a dinghy
planning a passage
This book will appeal to anyone of any age who longs for the freedom to go where they like on the water.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
SAILING INTO RETIREMENT
By Jim Trefethen. Hardback, 155mm x 233mm, 244 pages, Black & White Images Published 2016.
7 ways to retire on a Boat at 50, with 10 steps that will keep you there until 80
Sailing into Retirement is your adventurous answer to living out your golden years on the water. If you have limited boating experience or need to adapt your boating skills to your aging body, this how-to guide helps you overcome your fears and pursue your fantasies of living on a boat. The author's been-there-done-that advice specifically addresses old-age cruising, including techniques to simplify dealing with modern electronics, using mechanical advantage to compensate for the reduced physical strength and agility inherent with aging, and ways to mitigate the effects of age-impaired hearing and eyesight.
Make sure retirement cruising is for you, (then make sure you are sure).
Enhance your retirement by downsizing your life while upsizing your happiness
Make important financial adjustments, get your shore-side affairs in order. Rewire and reboot your attitude and confidence.
Sensible plans on boat buying
Modify your 'new' home on the water to become the safest and most comfortable retirement home, and the most age friendly.
NZ$48.00 + Delivery.
CRUISING WITH YOUR FOUR-FOOTED FRIEND.
By Diana Jessie. Paperback, 153mm x 230mm, 197 pages, black and white photographs.
The following are some experts' views on this book:
From Bill Parlatore, editor of Passagemaker Magazine:
Diana, I think you have something for everyone in your book. As personalities and habits of pets are as varied as the number and variety of cats and dogs, having so many examples proves to the reader that there is a solution for everyone' situation. It's hard to show pet regulations for every country, even if those regulations don't change from year to year. Reading through this section just makes me aware that I must check it all out before I go for the rules of the day in those countries I hope to visit.
From Richard Hazelton, editor of 48" North Sailing Magazine:
Diana Jessie's new book is about animals and their well being at sea. After a life on terra firma, the beloved family pet gets thrust into a strange watery world; they might as well be shot into outer space. With her thousands of cruising miles and experiences with her own animals as well as those of other cruisers, Diana Jessie presents the first comprehensive, caring, and practical look at the realities of inducting your pet into a life onboard. Every cat and dog should insists their owner read this book before setting foot on the boat.
From Herb McCormick, editor of Cruising World Magazine:
For sailors, who've contemplated an extended cruise but can't bear the thought of setting out without beloved house pets Fido or Tabby the Jessies have just one bit of advice: Bring 'em along! With this eminently readable (and practical) book based on their personal experiences and the first-person advice of numerous long-distance cruisers, the notion seems not only possible, but like a terrific idea.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
SAILING BIG ON A SMALL SAILBOAT.
By Jerry Cardwell. Paperback, 150mm x 228mm, 240 pages, monochrome drawings and photographs.
Anyone dreaming about owning an affordable sailboat will be attracted by this book. The author shows how cruising on a small but properly equipped boat that can be kept at home and towed to the water behind the family car is a satisfying and not very costly exercise.
Sailors and prospective boat buyers will learn to evaluate boats in the 22 to 26 foot range, among others (but certainly not limited to these models) the Catalina, Hunter and MacGregor and the equipment and accessories that will enable them to sail BIG on small sailboat far more easily and for less money than you can "sail small" on a big sailboat. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on careful planning and selection of boat and accesories to get the most enjoyment from the least investment,
Now in its third edition, the book has been updated and expanded to include several new models, including the Com-Pac, Etap, Rhodes and the Santana, and a new chapter on safe and smart trailering and ramp launching.
NZ$46.00 + Delivery.
PASSAGE PLANNING COMPANION.
By Alastair Buchan. Paperback, ring-bound, 80mmx224mm, 23 pages, colour photos.
A passage plan is much more than routeing information. It covers every aspect of a voyage with the aim of preparing both ships and crew so that the passage is made in a safe, seamanlike and enjoyable manner.
It is not the purpose of this booklet to teach navigation, tides, weather forecasting, leadership or boat management. It is an aide-memoire. Place it alongside a sheet of blank paper and prepare your plan by following the headings. Not every heading applies to every passage. Voyage by voyage you decide which to omit.
Passage plan timetable
NZ$22.00 + Delivery.
READY TO SAIL.
By Ed Mapes. Softback, 180mm x 255mm, 207 pages, black and white photos and illustrations.
A Captain’s guide to boat inspections and repairs – preparations of boat and crew for offshore passage-making.
Having spent more than a dozen years conducting boat inspections, delivery captain Ed Mapes saw just how unsafe and ill-prepared some boats were for sailing offshore. This led Mapes to develop his own system for inspecting, repairing and fitting out boats. Ready to Sail, a guide to getting a boat and its crew ready for offshore passage-making, is the result of this effort.
Mapes goes over the boat thoroughly and systematically, pointing out things to look for, possible problems, and how to go about fixing them. Detailed without overly relying on technical jargon, Ready to Sail provides a comprehensive but easy-to-follow road map to anyone who needs to inspect and fit out a boat for bluewater sailing. Useful appendices are also included.
NZ$82.00 + Delivery.
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