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All About Cruising: Prepare Yourself - Equip Your Boat - Plan Your Escape - Live Your Dream Paperback – January 1, 1998

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"This is the most comprehensive primer on preparing for long-term cruising that I have seen. It is full of hard-won knowledge that is presented in bite-sized digestible chunks. The book will be a great resource for beginning cruisers, and a useful checklist and reference for the experienced." -- Nigel Calder - author of Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual.

"Walt Gleckler has achieved the impossible by bringing together in one manageable volume all one needs to know (and do!) to realize every armchair sailor's dream: to go cruising. In the half century since Eric Hiscock's Cruising Under Sail was published, scores of authors have written how-to books on cruising, but few have dealt with this vast subject so clearly and imaginatively as Walt Gleckler. An instant classic!" -- Jimmy Cornell - author of World Cruising Routes.

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All About Cruising lays out the steps to prepare for successful cruising-from the initial dream, through vessel selection and preparation, to the attainment of necessary boating skills. A large pool of essential information is common to all successful cruises and this information and the necessary crew skills must be acquired before departure. My hope is that this book will help you start or continue the process of voyage preparation that will lead you to the fulfillment of your cruising goals.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Passagemaker Publications; First Edition edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966141636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966141634
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,581,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Magan E Lewis on January 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very practical and written in an easy-to-read style. We've done local cruising, but I wasn't sure what I should be concerned about for our upcoming cruise to the Caribbean in '01 or '02. I now know what classes I personally need to attend, that my time at the gym is a good investment in my safety, I don't need to know how to tie every blasted knot known to mankind, windvanes are worth looking at, what goodies to put on my Christmas and birthday list(!),what to bring for sail repair, medicine, etc. Since I'm usually in charge of food for short cruises, Anna Gleckler's notes on preserving cheese, bread, juice and eggs without refrigeration AND making jerky and corning beef were, well, things my mother didn't teach me and I probably wouldn't have thought to ever ask her! I just feel more at ease and I anticipate that in the next year or so that I will be better prepared if I act on the advice in this book. I plan to re-read it every six months or so to make sure I'm working on those things (health, reading, education) to make our trip the best it can be.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Mellis on October 25, 1999
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If you've just bought a boat and you have this notion to go off cruising, this may be a fun book to feed your mind. But it's awfully basic. Gleckler does take you by the hand and deals with the most fundamental questions. But there's no real "beef" in this volume. You'll need to read a lot more than you'll find in here. And the photographs are just AWFUL. Why is it acceptable to print photographs in a book that are so dark it's impossible to see what's going on?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hobbs ( on November 2, 1999
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All About Cruising is a fun and easy way to get answers to questions about cruising and the cruising lifestyle. The book systematically works through the myriad of topics applicable to getting offshore in the fastest and safest manner. It is crammed with information and the graphics, photos, and cartoons make it fun and relaxed. A great way to start a complex and consuming process!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicolaj Sebrell on December 30, 2003
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Walt Gleckler's "All About Cruising" is an enjoyable and easy read that broadly covers just about all the important topics for offshore cruising. I particularly liked the appendix that includes a thorough medical kit list as well as a list of what to put in an "abandon ship bag". However, the body of the book reminds me of something a high school English teacher once told me. "If you've got a small number of pages to work with, you can choose to go for depth or breadth, but not both." Walt went for breadth. The book skims over many topics that deserve more in-depth treatment. To the book's credit, it doesn't omit important topics, it instead says (figuratively) "This is important, you can find out about it somewhere else". Another gripe I have about the book is that the pictures are pretty poor in quality. A couple of them are so dark that I can't identify the subject. Nonetheless, this is a good book if you're looking for something to get some info on offshore cruising without having to slog through a lot of detail.
However, if you are looking for detail, an excellent book on the same topic is Bill and Laurel Cooper's "Sell Up and Sail", now in its third edition. But to get the additional depth, they add 100 more pages and a much more dense print font (about 650 words per page instead of 450 on a page without pictures) and far fewer pictures. Bill can get preachy about certain topics, but overall the book is filled with a ton of good info.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Thompson, on September 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
The author takes a very practical approach to offshore, blue water cruising in both sail and power boats. In addition to the expected chapters on boat selection and boat preparation and outfitting, there are chapters that address the preparation of the crew and a countdown departure that lays out a typical scenario for the 18 months of activities that need to be addressed to be able to leave.
The author has had 2 successful cruises on 2 different boats in 2 different decades - so he is well versed in the practicalities of cruising - and on doing it on reasonable budgets for the boat and living expenses. His first cruise took him into the South Pacific; his second to the Caribbean and East Coast of the US.
The author's wife and cruising companion contributes inportant insights on many aspects of cruising - and these could be important in balancing the goals and conduct of your cruise by keeping the entire crew happy - and the cruise ongoing and successful.
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