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Beachcruising and Coastal Camping Paperback – June 30, 2010
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Let me put in an aside -- I bought this a few years back and referenced it many times over. It is incredibly detailed, easy to read, and informative.
Another nice touch is that the editor has also added his notes to the book (in italics) so we get not just the author's viewpoints but expanded, added detail from another experienced individual.
This book feels like a friendly guide... like you're sitting around a campfire shooting the breeze with friends you've just met and sharing details on what works well for you, what you've tried and found not-so-great, and what you'd do differently next time. And yes, there definitely will be a next time!
I would definitely recommend purchase (it's that good) and though out-of-date (re prices of items) it's still WELL WORTH it as an informative tome. Anyone who has thought of cruising on a tight budget can actually have fun. Let this book be your guide -- I've never seen such a compilation. It's the best!
Think Voyaging On A Small Income but for folks who aren't quite that rich! When the authors take off for a weekend, a week, a month or more, they are using a canoe! Small boats can do wonderful things -- it doesn't have to cost your right arm and first born. This book will tell you how to do it, what to bring, what to leave at home, and give you a head start on cruising.
Buy it -- you won't be sorry.
More so than Margaret Dye, there is a great deal about beaching the boat, setting up camp on the beach or sleeping in the boat, dealing with shallow water, finding fresh water where I would not have expected there would be any, fishing for your dinner and actually feeding yourself from fishing, picking the right place to anchor, and so on. Ida Little and her partner were more open to the size of boat than Margaret Dye (always a dinghy). They started out with a canoe with a sail, moved up to a Hobie catamaran towing their canoe (loaded with all their baggage), moved up from there to a live aboard sail boat, then went smaller, but not so small as before, and not as small as a dinghy. As a result, their discussion of the choice of boat, and the pros and cons, is much broader than Margaret's.
I have to say that Ida paints a more attractive picture of the locales where she sailed than does Margaret. Regarding Margaret, I'm amazed she survived, and nearly as amazed that she ever took up sailing and cruising. But Ida describes experiences that are far more benign, certainly not so threatening, and if you don't mind truly roughing it, much more attractive.
Like Margaret's book, this one has a dated quality to it, especially when discussing navigation.Read more ›
The unique perspective of this book focuses as much on life on a remote shore as the process of getting there and returning. It contains helpful advice for the entire journey. If you enjoy sailing, camping or a good story, I expect you will enjoy this book.
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If you are planning on beach cruising in the United States, this is the book for you. It is loaded with how-to tips as where to go information. Read morePublished 10 months ago by hailyard
good reference with many helpful insights to consider before and during taking off on an adventurePublished 15 months ago by Clay Jones
A very good read. Stories are very personal and much more interesting than most. The writing style is casual and makes you feel you are actually there!Published 21 months ago by Bill Brown
Great book with tons of practical information! I would definitely recommend this book if you are planning any coastal cruising.Published 22 months ago by Toby M.
You dont need expensive complicated yachts to go on the water and have fun, be safe and explore. This book shows you how to do it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Nicholas Peter Evans
This boat covers everything for someone who wants to set out in a small sailboat/canoe and explore remote beaches and camp along the way. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Robert L. Delaney
Enjoyable, dated, but still valuable. Nothing like getting idea from people that really walked the walk. Sadly, I am sure most of their great spots are no longer accessible.Published on April 5, 2013 by Eric Seitz