Cruising Preparation page one.

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  • The Complete Yacht Security Handbook
  • Yoga Onboard
  • The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat
  • Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat
  • Occupation Circumnavigator
  • Voyaging on a Small Income
  • Offshore Yachts
  • The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat
  • Sail Away
  • The Cruising Woman's Advisor
  • Changing Course
  • The Voyager's Handbook
  • All in the Same Boat
  • Sell Up & Sail, Fifth Edition
  • Your First Sailboat, 2nd edition
  • Reach for the Sea DVD
  • Sustainable Sailing
  • Sail for A Living

    There are more books on this subject on the other pages!

  • For blue water cruisers wanting encylopaedic information about routes and destinations, you can do very well by going to Jimmy Cornell's web site at It appears to be quickly reactive to new information and is certainly up-to-the-minute for New Zealand waters.

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    By Fritze Von Berswordt. Softback, 0.43kg, 240mm x 160mm, 192 pages, full colour photographs. Published in 2018.

    Whether moored at their home ports, or visiting a less familiar port in a distant country, sailors need to pay just as much attention to the security of their yacht as they would their home or car. By being aware of potential dangers and taking prudent steps in advance, boaters can ensure that voyages to even the more adventurous of destinations will be less stressful.

    The aim of The Complete Yacht Security Handbook is to equip boatowners with the knowledge and confidence to minimize risk, guiding skippers and crew through the entire safety process, from planning the journey, setting up the boat and equipment, to preparing for and dealing with actual threats.

    The Book covers:

  • Achieving a security balance: how to assess risks and counter them, and determine whether it's better to avoid a risk or prepare more thoroughly
  • Preparing the boat and equipment, including boat layout, communication, distress signals, alarm systems, access barriers, training, and the pros and cons of weapons
  • Hands-on security: safe marina layouts, deterring thieves, what to do if boarded
  • Background to attacks on yachts: the difference between inexperienced criminals, pirates, and terrorists; understanding attacker's intentions, tactics, and appropriate methods to defend yourself
  • Risk classification for all global cruising grounds
  • Security checklists for various types of voyage

    Full color photos, illustrations, and tables, The Complete Yacht Security Handbook is an indispensable guide for sailors when planning a voyage. It may not be possible to eradicate the risks completely, but this book will help cruisers assess them realistically and prepare to counter them confidently.

    NZ$57.00 + Delivery.

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    YOGA ONBOARD. A guide for cruisers and live-aboards.
    By Kim Hess. Spiral bound, waterproof paper, 0.38kg, 288mm x 195mm, 80 pages, full colour photographs. Published in 2008.
    Yoga Onboard is a practical guide that offers creative alternatives to adapting traditional yoga postures to your vessel. Using various parts of the boat as props, Kim demonstrates how easy it is to create a yoga practice that works for you on whatever size boat you are on.

    Some of the benefits of a regular yoga practice include increased strength and flexibility (always handy on a boat), restored energy and harmony between the body and mind. As your practice deepens you will find that applying the principles of your practice into your life becomes second nature.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

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    THE ESSENTIALS OF LIVING ABOARD A BOAT. The definitive guide for Liveaboards.
    By Mark Nicholas. Paperback, 0.56kg, 155mm x 230mm, 324 pages, black & white photographs. Published in 2013.
    The updated and revised edition of this definitive guide includes a new chapter on cruising. The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat speaks to dreamers and explorers alike. Mike Nicholas has combined his experience of life aboard with the advice of other liveaboards, marina owners, technicians, boat manufacturers and advocates in order to detail the challenges and offer real advice for success. This lifestyle, typically thought to be 'out of reach' is now available to all who dream. The chapters include, among other things, how to:

  • Figure out your needs
  • Choose,buy and outfit the right boat
  • Prepare for the Lifestyle
  • Choose the right Marina
  • Forecast your costs
  • Accomodate partners, children and pets
  • Plan for all climates
  • Cruising Considerations.

    If you are contemplating 'living aboard', read this book.

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery.

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    OUTFITTING THE OFFSHORE CRUISING SAILBOAT. refitting the used sailboat for blue-water voyaging.
    By Peter I. Berman. Paperback, 0.44kg, 152mm x 230mm, 256 pages, black & white photographs. Published in 2012.
    Peter Berman shares his 40+ years' experience of overhauling and refitting a myriad of different sailboats in preparation for offshore voyaging. Follow the information offered in Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat and you can buy and refit a cruising sailboat for a fraction of the cost of buying a new boat.

    WNZ$52.00 + Delivery.

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    By Lars Hassler. Paperback, 157mm x 233mm, 277 pages, colour photos.
    Lars Hassler originally only intended to sail for three years, but ten years later he returned - with a wealth of experience, many new friends and memories, and the knowledge and anecdotes that he shares in this entertaining and inspiring book. By using his funds judiciously and topping them up taking charter guests on cruises, Lars was able to entend his journey, and here he shows how anyone can circumnavigate (or sail for an entended period) without huge funds. Woven into the book is advice on:
  • Costs - before you leave and underway
  • Equipment - for power, navigation, weather, communications
  • Route planning, distances and annual weather patterns
  • Choosing crew, dealing with different personalities and making it work for everyone.
  • Clearance routines and dealing with bureaucracy
  • Emergencies, medication, provisioning
    In other words, the practicalities that everyone needs to know. With its gorgeous photo section, practical advice on planning and financing such a venture, fascinating accounts of the places visited and a helpful final chapter on 'After the Circumnavigation - What Next?', this is a hugely enjoyable read for anyone thinking or dreaming about an extended cruise.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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    By Annie Hill. Pbk, 215mm x 275mm, 208 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    This well known book deals with the business of sailing in its broadest context, and on the way poses a number of serious questions about the true priorities of life for the long-distance sailor.
    It describes the practicalities and concepts of "alternative lifestyling" as applied to live-aboard cruising by the author and her partner. This will appeal to the experienced and practiced cruiser as well as the novice starting to learn and plan. The book is controversial, never-the-less it has in good demand which is the best recommendation that it can have.

    NZ$62.00 + Delivery.

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    OFFSHORE YACHTS, Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics.
    By The Technical Committee of the Cruising Club of America. Softback, 170mm x 240mm, 310 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    No less than 850 years of sailing experience and more than 750,000 miles collectively of blue-water experience have gone into this authorship of this book! This makes it the most authoritative manual available on today's cruising boats and their equipment.
    Amongst fourteen contributors are:
  • Olin Stephens on cruising yachts design,
  • Rod Stephens on rigging and sails,
  • Bill Lapworth and Jim McCurdy on construction and cockpit layout
    Also covered are seaworthy hull design, comfortable interiors, reliable hardware and five detailed studies of optimum boats for offshore sailing.

    NZ$65.00 + delivery.

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    THE SEAWORTHY OFFSHORE SAILBOAT, a Guide to Essential Features, Gear and Handling.
    By John Vigor. Pbk, 185mm x 235mm, 232 pages, monochrome drawings.
    All sailors want to believe that their boats can go anywhere and stand up to anything. Who knows when you might get caught by bad weather? It's enough to worry about your own responses without having the integrity of the boat weighing on your mind as well. This book explains feature-by-feature how to refit your boat for worry-free cruising.
    Everything is covered from structural modifications and reinforcements to rigging, engine systems and gear. Such processes as navigation and voyage preparation are also covered.

    NZ$35.00 + delivery.

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    By Nicola Rodriguez. Paperback, 169mm x 210mm, 296 pages, colour photos. Published in 2011.
    You long to escape the daily grind, buy a boat and sail away. This book tells you how to do it.
    There is practical advice on everything from choosing a boat to crossing oceans. You'll be guided through each step of the preparation process before casting off on your adventure of a lifetime. There's information on everything the would-be blue water sailor needs to consider, including safety, communication, children, ocean passages and budgeting.
    Learn about routes and destinations around Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific and beyond to help you cruise the Med, cross the Atlantic or circumnavigate the world. Colour photos and charts will inspire and inform in this essential guide for the 21st century blue water sailor.

    NZ$59.90 + delivery.

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    By Dianna Jessie. Pbk, 140mm x 214mm, 242 pages.
    How to prepare for the voyaging life.
    The cruising life offers adventure, exotic destinations, and expansive opportunities for personal growth. But considering such a life leads to vexing questions: What do I need to learn? What to do if my partner falls overboard? How will our relationship be tested at sea? Let longtime cruiser and circumnavigator Diana Jessie start you on the journey of a lifetime with her advice on:
  • Cruising roles and relationships.
  • What life at sea is really like.
  • Children on board.
  • How to make a boat your home.
  • Identifying the dangers and putting them into perspective..... and more.

    Plan for smooth cruising with advice from Sally Bee Brown, a contributing editor to Passage Maker magazine; Carol Cuddyer, cofounder of Sea Sense, a sailing and powerboating school for women; Dawn Riley, noted America's Cup and Whitbread sailor; Patience Wales, two-time circumnavigator and editor emeritus of SAIL; and thirty other cruisers. This updated edition also contains information on powerboating (including choosing between power and sail), cruising with pets, and satellite communication.

    NZ$39.00 + Delivery.

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    By Debra Ann Cantrell. Pbk, 186 pages.
    Are you thinking of going cruising? Alone? With a partner or friends? Have you considered all that you need to? What about the safety drill? Finances, and careers? This in the most thought provoking and informative guide that one could read on what to expect when considering the cruising lifestyle. All important information has been covered. A fascinating book- If you don't read it before you go your brain is bigger than mine!

    NZ$29.00 + Delivery.

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    By Beth A Leonard. Hardcover, 2240mm x 282mm, 574 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
    This inspirational and comprehensive manual leads you step by step through every aspect of choosing, planning, and following the voyager's life. Using three example boats representing three cruising lifestyles - Simplicity, Moderation , and Highlife - Beth Leonard helps make your bluewater dreams come true, whether you're sailing on a shoestring or a CEO's pension.
    Starting with the things you can't do without - an enthusiastic crew, a seaworthy boat, and of course, money - Leonard offers sage advice on how to select crew-members who are truly committed to the voyage, how to choose the right boat for you, and how to find just the right approach to financing your voyage and making the most of every dollar spent.
    Managing life from a floating home and keeping that home livable, seaworthy, and safe requires you to become, among other things, the ship's purser, engineer, doctor, cook, and cruise director. You'll discover how to prepare for these new roles and put necessary equipment and arrangements in place before you untie your docklines.
    This exquisitely detailed guide also helps you master the skills you'll need to handle a boat at sea with a small crew, including:
  • Weather forecasting
  • Passage planning
  • Watchkeeping
  • Heavy-weather sailing
  • Emergency management
  • Midocean repairs
    Complete with easy-to-use graphs and tables for quick reference, along with the hard-won wisdom of the experienced cruisers, this book is the ultimate resource for anyone who is planning, preparing for, or just dreaming about a great adventure on the high seas.

    NZ$87.00 + Delivery.

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    By Tom Neale. Pbk, 137mm x 209mm, 376 pages, monochrome photographs.
    This book is one family's testament to the belief that you can lead your own life. For the Neales, moving aboard was a way to take control of their world and their environment. Here is how they did it, and how you can do it too, with hard-won tips, practical suggestions, and life lessons on how to:
  • Choose and prepare the right boat
  • Provision for long-term cruising
  • Learn what you can leave behind
  • Raise - and educate - kids
  • Get along in close quarters
  • Know what to expect in the cruising life
  • Earn a living, and hold onto the money
  • Keep in touch while making the ocean your backyard
  • Live with the comforts of home while anchored in paradise.

    NZ$31.00 + Delivery.

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    SELL UP AND SAIL Fifth Edition, Pursue The Dream.
    By Bill and Laurel Cooper. Pbk, 160mm x 235mm, 378 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This is an old favourite and on the basis that in this business people vote with their feet, this book should be highly regarded by anyone wanting pre-voyaging advice. The publication is in its ninth printing since the first in 1986 and this edition was first published in 2005.
    The book is described as a complete kit for the cruising lifestyle. Whether short or long term it tells you all that you need to know and at what stage you need to know it.
    The narrative moves from the practicalities and pitfalls of early retirement, choosing a boat to live in, looking after her on the move, organising finances, preventing ill-health afloat, and choosing suitable cruising grounds. It covers the thorny problems of achieving successful crew interaction and provisioning in far-flung places.
    This latest edition has added material describing coping with recent far-reaching changes in bureaucracy, navigation and communications which have changed the life of the typical long-term cruiser.

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    YOUR FIRST SAILBOAT.2nd edition
    By DANIEL SPURR. Paperback, 0.49 kg, 187mm x 232mm, 276 pages.Monochrome photographs and drawings. Published 2014.
  • Can a keelboat tip over?
  • How can I determine what boat I want?
  • Once I do, what's a fair price to pay for it?
  • Should I buy it new or used?
  • How can I tell the difference between a used boat and one that's used up?
  • Now that I have it, how can I start sailing quickly and safely?

    This book has answers to all your questions about selecting, buying, maintaining, and using your first boat. This user-friendly guide covers issues that other books ignore, including how to choose between a trailer sailer, daysailer, raceboat, cruiser, or multihull; what hull material is best for your first boat; whether to buy new or used; where to shop; how to judge quality and condition; where to keep your new boat; and what to do about gear, loans, insurance, and annual maintenance. Special features of this secopnd edition include:

  • A up-to-date descriptive buying guide to 84 recommended sailboats of all types and sizes, from daysailers to racers, cruisers, and multihulls.
  • Howe-Do-I? sections that cover boat handling, maintenance and navigation.
  • What-If? segments that cover a variety of worst-case sceanrios that you may worry about - from getting lost, to sinking, and when to look for the next sailboat..
    Straightforward and fun, this book gives you just what you need to stop asking questions and start sailing. Everything else is optional. Save money. This book omits everything you don't need to know.

    NZ$33.00 + delivery.

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    By Lane and Kay Finley. DVD, run time 87 minutes.
    Most of us have dreamed of cruising offshore on our own sailing yacht, visiting exotic islands and learning about different cultures or just experiencing the freedom this life offers. This film gives a clear understanding of what needs to be considered in the process of reaching for that dream, whether you are an experienced sailor or an armchair sailor.
    The Finley's have cruised extensively over nearly three decades. They bring us a film full of fascinating information through interviews with cruisers, well known yacht designers, sailmakers and boat builders. They know the questions we want answered.
    This documentary will bring you closer to the cruising life, its realities, difficulties and beauty. The well organised view of what needs to be considered when preparing for this adventurous lifestyle is well presented in an exciting and interesting style.

    NZ$20.00 + delivery.

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    By Dieter Loibner. Paperback, 148mm x 227mm, 210 pages, monochrome photos and drawings.
    Sailing is by nature a sustainable activity, but polluted waters and crowded marinas, boatyards, and anchorages are signs that problems must be addressed in order to keep it that way. Sailors pump sewage overboard and burn fossil fuels that pollute water and air. They use toxic paints to retard marine growth and stuff their boats with gadgets that devour electricity, which often comes from coal-fired power plants. And where do all the plastic boats go once they have reached the end of their useful life?
    "Going green" is becoming the norm, while "staying dirty" will become increasingly expensive, inconvenient and eventually obsolete. This book is a good start, because it builds awareness, suggests solutions, and promotes best practices. It shows sailors how to reduce their carbon footprint and lessen their impact on the environment as well as how to be a positive force for change.
    "This book offers readers insight on boat design, construction and operation. The author makes suggestions on how to turn sailing into a more sustainable activity, from modifying personal behavior to commissioning a carbon neutral custom yacht and everything in between. By putting it all in one place he's done us a great favor."

    NZ$46.00 + delivery.

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    By Sue Pelling. Paperback, 0.44kg, 169mm x 210mm, 183 pages, colour photos and drawings. Published 2011.
    There's a job on or around the water for everyone, from dinghy instructor to superyacht skipper and from sailmaker to yachting photographer.
    Sail for a Living tells you how to turn a passion for sailing into a whole new lifestyle. Discover the realities of a wide range of marine careers, including the perks and the pitfalls. Benefit from insiders' experiences and advice. Learn industry secrets and salary details.
    There's information on how to get a foot on the ladder as well as how to set up your own charter business or sailing school. Discover jobs you never knew existed and learn the quickest career paths.
    Sail for a Living gives you the information and inspiration to change your job - and quite possibly your life.

    Was NZ$45.00 + delivery.
    Now NZ$20.00 + delivery.

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