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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,209 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.
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There's as much Zen in this book as there is practical knowledge, and often both are presented simultaneously.
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It was definitely one of those books you can't stop reading and finish far too soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cborges on November 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By amy schuster on July 13, 2014
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Great read! Solid, practical advice presented with entertaining anecdotes from someone who's been there and done that (and continues to do so). This book is a helpful motivator in our quest to exit the rat race sooner than later. Also, the casual and sort of random format (down south we call it "jumping time") makes the book easy to read even if you don't have large chunks of time to devote. One can sit for 5-10 minutes and take in a section at a time (perfect if you have a little one around!). I look forward to bumping into this guy when I get out there.
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By Patrick on April 26, 2014
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Cap'n Fatty's book is practical, irreverent, sometimes poorly-organized (in an endearing way... it matches his bizarrely endearing personality), and above all else inspirational. Many books on cruising use language that could've been lifted from middle-management self-help readers to describe planning a voyage, financing the voyage, remaining sane on said voyage, etc; while Fatty preaches preparedness and safety he also makes no bones about the fact that permanent cruising is an alternative lifestyle. It requires a different outlook on life, work, money, priorities, and the definition of success. Throughout the book he recounts many stories in which wealthy "yachties" try to spend their way out of a problem only to be made more miserable when things continue to go wrong, or who feel immense amounts of stress about circumnavigating on a schedule because of the need to "accomplish" and return home. By the end you'll be able to hear him laughing as he pokes good-natured fun at this lot. Although I'm certain he would not begrudge them their decisions, I think it's safe to say he feels they've missed the point.

I titled the review "Beware your Mental State" because, rather than being elitist about his chosen lifestyle, the author genuinely wants to impress upon you the fact that cruising need not be a hobby to list on a Facebook page, but rather a means to an end in which one's life revolves around experience over money and simplicity over materialism. There's as much Zen in this book as there is practical knowledge, and often both are presented simultaneously. The day-to-day advice comes from the Zen perspective, and that's really what sets the book apart from the slew of other cruising how-to's on the market.
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This is a great book, well worth the money, with loads of very good and very relevant information all in one place. Goodlander's storytelling and sense of humor really brings the content to life and makes it more than just a "how-to" book. It was definitely one of those books you can't stop reading and finish far too soon. Even if you never plan to buy, outfit and sail a boat, this book still has a lot to teach about living life simply and happily. Goodlander is a great philosopher who understands how to live the good life.

I thought about giving this book four stars instead of five only because the number of typos and the somewhat haphazard organization. However, the content of the book and Goodlander's writing style swayed me to forgive that part and go all out with five stars. The typos are not too bad and mostly just bad editing. The organization is not typical of how-to books. This one is written more in prose and as a collection of stories, especially toward the last third of the book. Goodlander's style and gift of storytelling more than makes up for any lack of organization.

Bottom Line: If you are even remotely thinking of buying this book, if you stumbled across it (like I did) and think it sounds neat, just buy it, you'll like it, it's worth it.
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