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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456310038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456310035
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cap’n Fatty Goodlander grew up aboard the 52-foot John G. Alden schooner “Elizabeth,” built in 1924. He salvaged, repaired, and skippered his first boat—a holed 16-foot rowing skiff he discovered awash in St. Petersburg, Florida—at eight years of age. At 15, he purchased ($200) the derelict 1932 Atkin-designed double-ender “Corina” in Chicago—aboard which he eloped with his wife Carolyn in 1970. At 19 years of age, he began building “Carlotta,” their 36-foot, 20,000 pound Endurance ketch in Boston. In 1989, at age 37, he salvaged his $3,000 Hughes 38 “Wild Card” after Hurricane Hugo—a heavily damaged vessel, which he and Carolyn then sailed twice around the world while raising their daughter Roma Orion. Cap’n Fatty has written ten marine-related books (see www.fattygoodlander.com) and is now on his 52nd year of living aboard. He is currently the editor-at-large of Cruising World magazine, and recently had a series of radio spots on NPR. He and his wife Carolyn are, as this publication goes to press, leisurely cruising the Mediterranean Sea while continuing to trade words-for-money.

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Cap'n Fatty Goodlander has lived aboard various sailing vessels for 50 of his 58 years. He has written numerous books--including his autobiographical comedy "Chasing the Horizon." At various times, Fatty has been a professional actor, a radio broadcaster, and a newspaper writer. He also had a series of summer travel spots for National Public Radio which are available at NPR.org.

He and his wife, Carolyn, are currently cruising Turkey aboard their 38 foot sloop Wild Card. They expect to complete their second circumnavigation in 2011... give or take a decade or two.

Cap'n Fatty is a featured columnist in All At Sea and an Editor-at-Large of Cruising World magazine.

For more info, see: http://fattygoodlander.com.

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Really a must have for anyone contemplating cruising.
Jason Duell
I rarely reread books - this one I'm re-reading to see what I missed the first time around when I was laughing so hard my sides ached!
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His clever tricks to solve expensive problems are great and should be in ANY sailor's arsenal of knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cborges on November 16, 2011
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Everyone who owns a boat, dreams of sailing around the world, or knows someone who loves to sail, needs to buy this book. Even seasoned sailors will find an amazing assortment of hints, gadgets and gizmos that will save them a bundle of money. Armchair adventurers will learn what it takes to buy just the right boat, and anyone looking to buy a gift for a salt-stained friend will be delighted. In this one volume, with his usual self-effacing, but witty, ego-driven style, one of the most celebrated sailors in the USA shares ALL his secrets to successful cruising. Covering every aspect of outfitting from A-Z, from Anchors to Zincs, Capt. Fatty Goodlander shows how he manages to do everything Fatty-style---meaning really, really cheap. In spite of his light-hearted tales of dumpster diving and playing McGiver, the author is deadly serious about safety. Nothing is more important than a safe voyage, and this book is full of clear instructions on how to sail safely. After decades of salt-stained experience and two circumnavigations, Capt. Fatty has with this generous book given his many fans a gift to treasure. He has shared his sage advice on just about every aspect of buying, outfitting, and living aboard a boat. As the saying goes "that's priceless".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy - The Skipper on November 20, 2011
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This book is packed with outstanding ideas and wisdom. It is not a rehash of other hidden jewels of information from his other books either. Do not let the "inexpensively" part of the title influence your perception of what might be contained inside. The cost saving ideas are explained along with the more expensive alternatives with analysis of each. I read the "cost saving" ideas as emergency techniques although I do not think this was the intention.

The book is 228 pages of good, solid common sense born from years of hands on cruising experience. The sprinkling of "Fatty" humor throughout makes the book a pleasure to read too. Buy this book if you are serious about living aboard and sailing far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Haley on February 15, 2012
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Just read the book and found it informative as well as entertaining. I usually sell my books after reading them however I made so many highlights in this one that It will be coming along with me for my first circumnavigation.
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Fantastic book! An entertaining read filled with "I could do that" moments with almost every page turn. I now have my boat charm :-) (you'll understand that after you read the book)
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By Anderson Mycroft on March 19, 2014
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Captain Goodlander does an excellent job of laying out how to go about buying, outfitting and sailing a long distance cruising sail boat. I still have a lot to learn on the subject, but feel this text has given me an excellent foundation for further reading.

In addtion, Goodlander's sense of humor runs throughout the text, making the text fun to read as well as informative.
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By Drew Harrison on January 26, 2014
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Its a book filled with sound advice that's backed with experience. The author supports his opinions and makes it interesting and fun with stories of previous successes and mistakes. A solid how to and what you need in order to go for a cruise (on a budget if need be). The Cap'n discusses the materials and mindset required to accomplish the task. He shows it's within your grasp once you have the book and a little gumption.

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a new fan
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By Scott on January 10, 2014
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What can you say? Cap'n Fatty is an old salt, full of well-told stories with lessons behind most! Great tips!
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A very useful antidote to all the books that tell you about all the money you need to spend going sailing. No one stretches a dime further than the author (though at times I suspect he goes to such great lengths just so he's got more material to write about). There are a zillion good tips in this book, and they're not just about saving money, they're also about making life afloat a positive experience, such as ideas for things to bring to poorer countries to give away (guitar strings!). Really a must have for anyone contemplating cruising.
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