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  • Ocean Sailing
  • Escape Under Sail
  • The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat
  • Changing Course
  • The Voyager's Handbook
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    By Roger Barnes. Softback. 0.67kg, 170mm x 240mm, 272 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2022.

    This guide, updated and expanded for its second edition, is invaluable for all aspiring or already-enthusiastic dinghy cruisers.

    The information and advice is interwoven with wonderfully evocative stories of the author's adventures afloat, from idyllic weeks pottering around secluded rivers and coastlines to hair-raising voyages to remote islands.

    Illustrated throughout with inspirational colour photos and helpful illustrations, this book shows just why small boats are the perfect passport to remote and beautiful places.

    NZ$35.00 + Delivery.

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    By Gina de Vere. Softback. 0.47kg, 140mm x 220mm, 324 pages, full colour photographs. Published in 2018.
    Making the Leap from Landlubber to a Life at Sea.

    This book is for those who yearn for adventure and are dreaming of crossing oceans, cruising the world or making a career at sea but are aware they need to learn more before they can confidently set sail.
    Learn from practical advice based on interviews with 40 Blue Water sailing women.
    It gives the novice passage-maker a reliable foundation for starting a life at sea based on the shared experiences and frank advice of 40 blue water sailor women interviewed from around the globe, from novice to highly professional.

    Highly entertaining yet pragmatic, this book deals with the many issues of a life at sea, from facing and overcoming fears to losing a mast, provisioning, going up on a reef, buying and maintaining a boat and safe sailing.
    Comprehensive and helpful information also covers babies and children on board, communication, banks and visas, staying healthy and enjoying good personal relationships.

    NZ$55.00 + Delivery.

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    By Paul Heiney. Hardback. 0.96kg, 180mm x 253mm, 278 pages, full colour photographs. Published in 2019.
    The Offshore Crusing experience with real-life practical advice.

    Fully illustrated throughout, this authoritative reference brings together practical advice from the world's experts on ocean sailing, drawing on wisdom from members of the Royal Cruising Club, the Cruising Club of America and Ocean Cruising Club.

    Ocean Sailing will prepare you for an ocean passage by painting a picture of what ocean sailing is really like, through the experiences of others who have gone before. Topics covered range from safety to boat kit and preparations, budgeting to staying in touch with home, equipment breakdowns to health and weather.

    Members of three great cruising clubs the Royal Cruising Club, Ocean Cruising Club, and the Cruising Club of America share their vast wealth of experience, and by focusing on the practicalities of ocean sailing, allay the anxieties and doubts of prospective ocean cruisers to ensure a deeply satisfying ocean voyage.

    NZ$75.00 + Delivery.

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    Pursue your Liveaboard Dream
    By Leonard Skinner & Mary Cooney. Softback. 0.75kg, 155mm x 235mm, 352 pages, full colour photographs. Published in 2019.

    This book delves to the very heart of what it takes and shows you exactly how you can go from casual cruiser to long-term liveaboard. It covers all of the crucial topics, including budget and costs, how to choose a boat, making sure crew are equipped and trained, letting go both practically and psychologically, preparation and provisioning, education and, most importantly, the challenges and rewards of living at sea.

    Escape Under Sail pays special attention to making the liveaboard dream come true for those with a limited budget, while providing further options for those with the means and desire to spend more and splurge where they like.

    Written in the voices of both authors, so you can follow their experiences from each of their perspectives, which are sometimes wildly different, this practical handbook is peppered with personal anecdotes and hard-earned wisdom.

    Light-hearted but informative, it contains all the questions, answers, lists, figures and diagrams you need to make your liveaboard dreams come true.

    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$60.00 + Delivery.

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    By Debra Ann Cantrell. Pbk, 192 pages. Published 2003

    Debra Ann Cantrell faced a dilemma when her husband proposed living and cruising on a boat. She would lose a career she loved and, she feared, everything by which she'd defined herself. She wondered how others had made the decision to go cruising and how their choice affected their lives. Her search for answers led her to more than a hundred women, over a five-year period, whose partners had proposed the cruising life."Changing Course" chronicles the odyssey of making a major lifestyle change from land to sea.
    This thought-provoking and highly personal book explores what women stand to gain when they set forth on such a journey - and what they stand to lose if they do not.

    NZ$30.00 + 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$95 .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.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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