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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Trident Press; 2 edition (January 1988)
  • ISBN-10: 0731648498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0731648498
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Serge Testa's 500 Days is a lively, warm and well written account of seamanlike circumnavigation. -- Cruising World

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I knew I had a strong and seaworthy boat, but after all, she was only 11 feet 10 inches long. How would she react to big waves, storms or even cyclones? Would she ever capsize? And would I be able to put up with the continuous pounding and rolling, or would I end up as crazy as people thought I was? The best way to find out was to try.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. Not only is it an adventure story about the challenge of sailing around the world in a 12 foot boat, but it is also a travel book about some of the little-known ports that Mr. Testa visited. As someone who could spend hours looking at maps of islands in an atlas, I was intrigued to read the descriptions of someone who has actually visited these out of the way corners of the world. This is a book about sailing where a significant portion of the adventure occurs on land. Serge writes with humor and honesty, and reading this book made me dream of visiting some of his ports of call.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
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I came across the remarkable feat of Serge Testa and his boat, Acrohc Australis, in a book on single-handed sailing. I was pleasantly surprised to note that he had written a book about his experiences circumnavigating the world. The book is very informative, reading much like a travelog. My only criticisms are minor, first that the book is short, and second, that it is written in a very matter of fact manner, that is, there's not a lot of detail regarding the emotional aspects of the journey (if that matters to anyone). However, if you are at all interested in single-handed sailing or sailing across oceans, I'd consider this required (and well worth it!) reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1998
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The book reads a lot like a travel journal more than a story. Lots of documentation and excitement as ytou may well expect. Left me wanting to know more details about the adventure. Serge Testa is an incredible individual and an autobiography would be great reading. He also builds quality boats as I found on an internet search.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
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I very much enjoyed this book. It reads quickly, much like a travelog, but still gives a good view of what the voyage was like. It also gives a pretty good analysis of his boat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
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A great book on sailing around the world and facing adversity all in a 12 foot yacht. In reading this book I was amazed at the resourcefullness of the author. Read this book... imagine what you can learn from someone who can make it around the world using only the resources in a 12 foot yacht.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lavenderbarrett on August 3, 2012
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I read this book on my Kindle and any problems that previously existed are fixed. It was easy to read and well formatted.
This is a wonderful book and an almost incredible adventure. The author sailed solo around the entire globe in a boat less than 12 feet long that he built himself! He shares the trials and tribulations he endured from skin rashes to cyclones to a shipboard fire, yet the tone of the book is positive, full of the joy of smooth sailing, fascinating descriptions of the places he visited and warm and fun interactions with new friends he made along the way.
It is a very enjoyable book and I highly recommend it, both to experienced sailors who will appreciate some technical details and those of us who do most of our traveling in our imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Okie Bobby on January 7, 2011
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This book was just an absolute pleasure to read. Serge Testa is a great boatbuilder, sailer, illustrator, and author.

I recommend you download the podcast of his interview with furledsails.com prior to reading. I did, and it allowed me to project Serge's actual voice and tone while reading his book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J Morrison on June 3, 2014
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As with some, the author did not dwell on the negative aspects of his trip. His boat was small, slow, and left a lot to desire, but it was strong, reliable, and debt free. This allowed the journey to happen while others may wait at the dock " getting ready". If you are one who ever had the desire, you know exactly what that means!
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