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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071429514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071429511
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Whether you'd like to sail around the entire world or just part of it,

the well-tested sea wisdom in How to Sail Around the World will make your voyage easier and more successful. Here's clear and authoritative information on how to buy a small sailing yacht at a modest price, how to sail her on a big ocean, and what it's like to live aboard.

Hal Roth has been a long-distance sailor for 37 years. He has sailed around the world three times and has logged 200,000 miles at sea either with his wife or by himself. His books Two Against Cape Horn, Two on a Big Ocean, and Always a Distant Anchorage are recognized classics of voyaging literature, and his instructional book After 50,000 Miles, published a quarter century ago, ranks among the most influential sailing books ever written. Yet Roth's first sympathies are still "for the beginner with stars in his eyes and not much money," and How to Sail Around the World emphasizes the simple, the essential, and the affordable for ordinary people who would like to see the world from a new and challenging perspective.

To a rare degree, Roth combines a mastery of technical content with an ability to render it in elegant writing that's a pleasure to read. How to Sail Around the World is at once authoritative and accessible. Roth's strongly held opinions, convincingly argued (he chooses not to sail with a refrigerator, for example), add to the book's appeal.

How to Sail Around the World will tell you how sailing yachts are built and rigged, how to handle the sails, and what you need to know about anchors and anchoring. There are details of cooking and eating aboard, sailing at night, planning the trip, foreign paperwork, and exact figures on what it all costs, as well as the clearest and most comprehensive directions ever published on how to deal with storms at sea.

In the beginning, voyaging can be a terrifying prospect. The storms, the leaks, the anchoring, handling the sails, deciding on the route--so many unknowns. But what a payoff! You can sail to Venice, London, Sydney, San Francisco, or Hong Kong. You can pick an island in the middle of the Aegean, listen to green and yellow parrots in the wilds of the Amazon, or visit a thousand places in between. It's exciting to sail to a distant landfall at a slow and leisurely pace, and to meet people in foreign lands.

Fortunately, yachts travel slowly and give you time to learn the fundamentals of long-distance sailing. With patience you will begin to put it all together; life aboard will suddenly start to click. It will happen sooner than you think, and this book will help you.

The big secret of world travel is to do it in a sailing yacht.

You take your deluxe hotel with you, which gives you everything you need to exist pleasantly and comfortably--a snug berth, a writing desk, a navigation center, and a compact little galley--all in a small and neat package.

Once you have your own boat, you can sail for years without the terrible daily costs and hassles of hotels, restaurants, and airplanes. You entirely sidestep the annoyance of reservations, standing in line, security screening, and dragging around awkward luggage. You do things at your own pace because you're in charge.

Where do you begin?

Start by reading How to Sail Around the World. In this guide, based on 200,000 miles of hands-on world-cruising experience, Hal Roth gives you all the information you need to plan, launch, and relish every moment of a journey that is every sailor's dream. You'll learn how to:

  • Find a suitable boat for your voyaging
  • Assemble a versatile sail inventory
  • Select tools and spare parts
  • Plan your route and timing
  • Choose the right anchors and how to use them
  • Minimize costs
  • Stay warm, dry, and well fed
  • Cope with paperwork in foreign ports
  • And much more!

About the Author

Hal Roth has raced around the world singlehanded in the BOC Challenges of 1986 - 87 and 1990 - 91. He has crossed the Pacific five times, the Atlantic eleven times, and has rounded Cape Horn three times. In all he has logged 200,000 miles. He is the author of ten books of high adventure, including After 50,000 Miles, Two Against Cape Horn, Two on a Big Ocean, and Always a Distant Anchorage, which rank among the true classics of voyaging literature. A veteran journalist, Roth has written 400 articles for magazines.


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This book is packed with useful information and is well written.
Joe S
In conclusion...buy this book because it's packed full of very important and interesting info about equipping your boat for bluewater cruising.
Cruiser Wannabe
Like most books on long distance sailing, Roth believes in keeping things simple.
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136 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla M. Travis on October 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Preparatory to purchasing my first cruising sailboat in 1978, I purchased Hal Roth's earlier handbook, "After 50,000 Miles." It was a primary reference for my first ten years (20,000 miles) of cruising and passagemaking under sail, and it served me very well. Since then I've sailed another 20,000 miles, and I've read most of the similar "how-to" sailing books written over the years by experienced sailors. Now, with the publication of Mr. Roth's "How to Sail Around the World," I believe that prospective and current cruising sailors have the definitive reference book to support their purchase, planning, and cruising decisions. Few sailors have logged as many singlehanded or "two-handed" miles in the variety of cruising and racing conditions as Hal and Margaret Roth. Few write as well or as engagingly as Hal Roth. "How to Sail Around the World" is a detailed book, very well researched, with careful analyses backed up by more than 200,000 sea-miles of thoughtful experience. The book will give beginning cruising sailors an excellent foundation, and it will give more experienced sailors new insights and techniques. Because of the research and vast experience of the writer, I believe that this is the best book of its type available. I recommend it most highly. It will show you how you can achieve your dream of cruising a bay, an ocean, and then the world.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Truitt on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For sailors who dream about crossing the ocean, or even crossing the bay, here is superb advice from a lifelong sailor who has lived nearly every sailing dream imaginable. But the book is so filled with interesting notions and wry comment that even armchair sailors who never have left the dock will find it captivating. Hal Roth twice has sailed small boats, solo, in the most grueling race imaginable, now called Around Alone. He and his wife have circumnavigated many times. In the book, he presents practical advice that works for offshore sailors but also for weekend cruisers. He talks about costs, construction, sails and sail management, heavy weather, anchoring, dinghies and even food. All these topics and many more are illustrated with Roth's own pictures and drawings which are very good. What sets this book far apart from ordinary instruction texts, however, is Roth's salty sense of humor, his strong opinions, and his gift for telling compelling anecdotes to prove his points. He literally has a world of material and he brings it to the reader in an adventurous style. I loved the book.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Cruiser Wannabe on July 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the third book I've read recently about owning and equipping a sailboat for crusiing. Each of the books has had a particular emphasis, such as outfitting a boat for coastal cruising. But this book is exactly what I wanted for info and the book delivered the goods. Some of the other books had more detailed info on inverters, toilets, reverse-osmosis water systems, refrigeration, etc., but they didn't have info on self-steering gear, the basics of a sextant, the boat log and its contents, paper work when landing at a port, etc. I don't want to give the impression that he doesn't talk about the boat systems in detail. There is enough info available and it's good stuff. It just isn't as extensive as some, but he does cover the topic adequately, and in some cases much better than the other books. Also, the use of a rough cost estimates is very helpful. He puts it in terms of the cost of multiple beers. This I can relate to on several different planes! He does mention some brand names too. Some of these writers have some reluctance to tell you who makes either good or crappy stuff and what it costs. I have a tendency to highlite a book when I read something usefull. Well this book has lots of color. In conclusion...buy this book because it's packed full of very important and interesting info about equipping your boat for bluewater cruising.
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I stayed up late to finish this book, and regret the publisher has not seen fit to offer Amazon readers a "Look Inside the Book."

I am adding this book to my list of great sailing manuals, handbooks, and other guides, with the observation that this book is in no way a substitute for those more detail oriented step by step books BUT this book is also unique. It is PACKED with real-world experience and clever sense--much beyond common sense--that is literally priceless. Put clearly, I would not leave this book out of my calculations in planning to acquire and manage an offshore journey that includes an ocean crossing.

Chapter 15 on "Can You Be Seen At Night" is alone worth the price of the book. I have NEVER seen this much useful detail anywhere else, including the so-called everything guides. The author excels at providing contact information and specific recommendations and I absolutely would not go to sea in the future without buying the masthead light he recommends in the book. I also realized that the 65 MacGregor, which I have my eye on, falls just within the 65.6' limits of international regulations on masthead lights sufficing (when sailing), and personally think MacGregor is making a mistake in thinking about a 70' version.

This book has FOUR chapters on storm management, and I have NEVER seen it explained more sensibly, in logical progression. I am not a lifelong sailed despite a provisional D Skipper rating (less celestial), so these four chapters are for me the equivalent of a life-time tutorial that I badly need.

While speaking of celestial, this book persuaded me I have to get on with that qualification.
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