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Lessons and ASventures from a cruising Veteran as he learns the ropes..
By Nigel Calder. Hardback, 0.46kg. 240mm x 165mm, 188 pages, colour photographs, published 2018.
Long before he was one of America's leading yachting writers, Nigel Calder was a novice cruiser with ambitions grander than his experience. Nigel and his partner Terrie were young and foolish, with a home-built boat that was new and untested, one child already and another on the way - but they were determined to complete an adventurous 18-month voyage from New Orleans to Venezuela and back.
It was the voyage that made Calder the yachtsman he is today, a marvellous romp through the West Indies, seeing an unspoilt Caribbean, while learning hard-won lessons from direct experience - troubleshooting engines, kedging off shoals and reefs, and most importantly navigating Nada, a yacht that quickly became very much part of the burgeoning Calder family too.
An adventure story and a colourful travelogue in one, Shakedown Cruise is a must-read for all who are curious about what it takes to become a cruising sailor or create an adventurous life, as well as those who are just looking to sail along with Nigel and his family.
NZ$43.00 + delivery.
NIGEL CALDER'S CRUISING HANDBOOK
By Nigel Calder. Hbk, 215mm x 285mm, 588 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings.
This handbook shows you not only how to select and equip a boat for coastal and offshore cruising, but also how to sail and navigate it. Covering all this in one volume is a monumental task, one not attempted since the pioneers of blue-water voyaging wrote the first generation of cruising bibles decades ago. Since that simpler, more spartan era, the typical cruising sailboat has become faster and more comfortable, but also more complex. Even as they've made distant horizons more reachable, the marvels of modern technology have paradoxically raised the ante on the entry-level skills required for cruising. Small wonder then that books about boat handling and seamanship have little to say about the special demands of cruising, while books about cruising presuppose a mastery of fundamentals of seamanship and navigation.
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook presupposes nothing. It sifts through, organizes, and makes sense of the hundred disciplines of the cruising avocation. It will help you through your first coastal hop or your umpteenth offshore passage. Here you will find
Comprehensive coverage of cruising sailboat design.
The elements of a comfortable interior and a workable deck presented in depth.
The background you need to decide which of today's technological advancements may detract from rather than add to your cruising enjoyment.
Thorough coverage of cruising skills from boat handling to transoceanic voyaging.
Fresh wrinkles for even the most experienced sailors.
Compiling in one volume all the knowledge needed for successful cruising under sail, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook provides an inestimable service for sailors. There is nothing else like it.
NZ$91.00 + Delivery.
THE DINGHY CRUISING COMPANION.
By Roger Barnes. Paperback, 0.56kg, 155mm x 235mm, 256 pages, colour photos.
The sailing dinghy is the perfect way to explore rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Small enough to be trailered but spacious enough for all the gear, camping equipment and food for a short (or longer) voyage. Roger's aim, in this book, is to encourage everyone to use a small open boat to explore local and more distant waters, to discover the amazing flexiblity of a dinghy. with its ability to be launched from almost anywhere with navigable waters.
This comprehensive guide offers invaluable advice on:
Finding a good boat and fitting her out.
Rigging and reefing
Anchoring, mooring, rowing and motoring
Launching and recovering the boat from a trailer
Keeping comfortable and safe aboard.
The practical information is interwoven with evocative stories, and anecdotes of the author's adventures afloat. Illustrated throughout with photos and sketches that will whet your appetite for taking the dinghy out, for getting back to the basics of sailing, or for taking the family out for an adventure.
Roger Barnes is the President of the British Dinghy Cruising association and has written for Classic Boat, Dinghy Sailing Magazine, and Watercraft.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
ONE HAND FOR YOURSELF ONE FOR THE SHIP. The Essentials of Single-Handed Sailing
By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 153mm x 229mm, 226 pages, black and white drawings and tables.
Tristan Jones has logged more miles - and more adventure - sailing single-handed than any other person alive in our time. He has crossed the Atlantic many times, often alone, and has circumnavigated the globe in small boats. One Hand for Yourself, One for the Ship is a course on single-handed sailing by the man most qualified to give it. It is a highly personal perspective on both the science and the art of this ultimate challenge and it bears the unmistakable stamp of one who has lived his life on and for the sea. It is a book for every sailor, giving the novice and the experienced sailor alike invaluable information and advice simply and with humour. Rich with anecdote and detail, written as only Tristan Jones can write, this is the handbook to turn to when planning a trip and to refer to when sailing.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery.
333 TIPS FOR SAILORS
By Fridtjof Gunkel. Softcover, 152mm x 230mm, 143 pages, coloured line drawings and plans.
Yachtsmen can benefit from the practical expertise of scores of sailors and captains from a vast range of boating experience who divulge a wealth of information on types of ships, sailing areas, and requirements.
This guide brings together their best ideas and secrets, including simple and cost-effective ways to improve equipment performance that make life on board more convenient and comfortable, and sailing easier and safer.
Included are tips on:
Mooring and anchoring,
Handling, stowing, securing,
Storing during the winter,
Maximizing comfort in the cockpit and on deck.
Easy-to-follow demonstrations of how to tackle often complicated tasks efficiently, without much effort, and without breaking the bank.
NZ$58.00 + Delivery.
WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?
By John and Susan Roberts. Pbk, 185mm x 235mm, 215 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
1,198 tips from 222 sailors, on 120 boats from 9 countries.
Ideas that work, creating extra stowage space in your V-berth, preventing smelly hoses, retrieving stuck anchors, keeping clean fuel, all these useful hints are under bold headings that make it easy to find the solution to many of those tricky problems.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
TROPICAL CRUISING HANDBOOK.
By Mark Smaalders and Kim des Rochers. Pbk, 185mm x 232mm, 376 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
Each year adventurous sailors are drawn down from relatively high latitudes to find the warm and embracing environment in between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This region, however, brings its own unique challenges to navigation and life generally aboard a cruising yacht.
This book provides the knowledge and the skills needed to meet the challenges set by the new environment. The authors have many years of experience living in and cruising the Tropics and their book is a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow text. It covers weather and sea conditions, tropical seamanship, visual and intuitive navigation, anchoring among reefs, passage-making, dealing with heavy weather, and boat maintenance in tropical environments.
Domestic factors are covered too: the treatment and prevention of tropical illnesses, including injury from tropical flora, fauna and marine life, and dealing with port officialdom.
The tropical cruising fraternity very warmly recommend this book as indispensable addition to the cruising yacht's technical library.
NZ$43.00 + delivery.
VOYAGING WITH KIDS.
By Behan Gifford, Sara Dawn Johnson, Michael Robertson, Pbk, 204mm x 255mm, 1.05kg. 335 Pages. Published 2015. Colour Photographs
Choosing a boat that is right for your family: handling the comments and critiscisms, keeping your children safe, healthy and entertained afloat - this comprehensive and inspirational guide will be just what you need to turn your dream into reality.
The three authors have voyaged thousands of miles with children on board, and so can provide a factual and balanced look at the realities of family life on the sea. Their personal experiences and the information drawn from interviews with mumerous other voyaging parents cover a myriad of important and necessary details.
Choosing a Family Cruising Boat
Provisioning for a Family
Everyday Life Afloat
Relationships: Afloat and Ashore
Ending the Voyage
"Raising a kid on board isn't about minimising the few disadvantages, but rather about maximising the many advantages" A family is a team, and there is no better place than a sailing vessel to learn teamwork.
This book is a treasure trove of useful, well-organised information on seagoing parenting. It will answer most of your questions, leaving the most important ones for last: Do you want to raise a child who isn't scared to step out of their comfort zone? And can you step out of yours?
NZ$55.00 + Delivery.
CRUISING UNDER SAIL.
By Eric Hiscock, Pbk, 155mm x 230mm, 545 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.
This is one of the cruising classics and is still sought after for the wealth of information it contains. The Hiscocks did many miles of ocean cruising and this book will give you a sensible and practicle approach to sound seamanship and for the beginners that is beneficial reading. There is basic navigation and planning along with ground tackle and so many handy hints. In every book no matter when it was written there will be some useful information, and there is plenty in this one.
NZ$75.00 + Delivery.
HOW TO SAIL AROUND THE WORLD
By Hal Roth. Hbk, 0.98 kgs, 192mm x 238mm, 464 pages, monochrome photographs.
You take your deluxe hotel with you, which gives you everything you need to exist pleasantly and comfortably - a snug berth, a writing desk, a navigation centre, and a compact little galley - all in a small and neat package.
Once you have your own boat, you can sail for years without the terrible daily costs and hassles of hotels, restaurants, and airplanes. You entirely sidestep the annoyance of reservations, standing in line, security screening, and dragging around awkward luggage. You do things at your own pace because you are in charge.
Where do you begin?
Start by reading How to Sail Around the World. In this guide, based on 20,000 miles of hands-on world-cruising experience, Hal Roth gives you all the information you need to plan, launch, and relish every moment of a journey that is every sailor's dream. You'll learn how to:
NZ$65.00 + Delivery.
- Find a suitable boat for your voyaging
- Assemble a versatile sail inventory
- Select tools and spare parts
- Plan your route and timing
- Choose the right anchors and how to use them
- Minimize costs
- Stay warm, dry, and well fed
- Cope with paperwork in foreign ports
- And much more
THE CRUISING LIFE.
By Jim Trefethen. Hardback, 0.65kg, 190mm x 240mm, 286 pages, Black & White photos. Published 2015. 2nd Edition
A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager.
Thousands of ordinary people are living their dreams of sailing the world thanks to The Cruising Life, and this completely updated Second Edition aims to help thousands more find adventure over the horizon. Even if you've never sailed before, this A-to-Z guide can have you cruising to exotic ports within five years.
Your adventure begins right at home, practicing to live a sensible life with only the essentials, as described by lifelong sailor Jim Trefethen, who relishes the cruising life in retirement. This second edition includes chapters on the the following:
Discuss the pros, cons, and realities of the cruising life with your spouse.
Save and maintain the best type of cruising fund to meet your goals.
Strip away your anchors, including useless possessions, credit card debt, and your job.
Manage, grow, and protect your cruising fund while at sea.
Develop essential skills for living on the water, and how to earn an income selling those skills.
Find the boat you need, outfitted with the essential gear and equipment, in your price range.
Assimilate into the sailing community by developing the traits of the successful cruising life.
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