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Product Details

  • Series: --for Dummies
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550393
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Attention landlubbers: If you don't know your port from your starboard, tacking from jibing, then you need to experience clear sailing with the Dummies. With the usual cargo of good humor and demystifying tone, this mast in the Dummies armada lifts the fog on confusing nautical language, teaches the basics about maneuvering a sailboat from dock to open ocean, floats important safety information, and offers advice and info on a variety of related issues (knots, racing, sailboards, how to buy a sailboat). Whether you want to learn to sail or just talk like a sailor, Sailing for Dummies is your anchor to life on the water.

From the Back Cover

"None of us wants to encounter ‘Dummies’ at sea. Now along come the Islers…. Their book provides an interesting read, easy instruction, and a handy reference work." — Walter Cronkite, CBS Special Correspondent "Peter and JJ's enthusiasm for the thrill and fun of sailing brings the comprehensive guide to life in every chapter. Whether you're a novice or several years into this fascinating sport, the Islers' knowledge and insight will speed you along your course to sailing mastery." — John Bumham, Editor, Sailing World Magazine "Its authors are universally respected in sailing, both for their competitive records and their ability to explain its mysteries to land lovers." — Robert Hopkins, Jr., Former U.S. Olympic Coach and America's Cup Navigator

Filled with Diagrams and Illustrations to Help You Get Sailing!

Are you interested in sailing, but think it's too expensive? Have you dreamed of sailing away, but aren't sure about the regulations, etiquette, and proper gear to wear? If you think sailing is only for the rich and famous — think again! Sailing For Dummies® gives you practical, easy-to-follow advice for everything from buying the right equipment and gear to setting sail for the first time to watching races on TV!

Inside, you'll discover how to:

  • Select the best boat to buy or rent for your sailing needs
  • Navigate like a pro — day or night — with the help of charts, satellites, and compasses
  • Handle mishaps such as torn sails and leaks
  • Administer basic first aid and handle an overboard rescue successfully
  • Recover from a capsize, tow a boat, and discover other ways to keep safety a priority
  • Understand U.S. federal boating regulations and other rules of the sea
  • Find a sailing school that fits your schedule and your budget
  • Make sailing fun for the entire family — from toddlers to teens
  • Locate the best cruising destinations around the world

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Look for a very simplified intro to boating.
"radarman90"
In addition to the great information, the book is well written - "a good read".
carol honeysett
If someone wanted to learn to sail, this is the first book they should read.
C. J. Orban

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent sailing textbook - as the cover states it's "A Reference for the Rest of Us!" That is, it can be used as a beginner's book and then kept for use as a reference manual. I have read and re-read this book several times and each time I re-read it, something I didn't understand or fully comprehend "jumps out at me" and I become a better sailor because of the information contained within and imparted by this book.
Also, some people know their subject but are unable to teach others what they know. Both JJ and Peter not only know their subject, sailing, but are also very adept at transferring that knowledge to their readers, sailors and wannabe sailors!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a novice sailor, I found this book to contain an introduction to everything I needed to know about sailing. The Isler couple, both world class sailors, spice up the material with personal amusing anecdotes of their sailing experiences (and occasional mishaps). Plenty of illustrations add to the book's educational value. I can't imagine a better intro book to the subject.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1998
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What a refreshing concept! This book takes the best of all other instructional sailing books and presents just the right amount of information organized in a logical manner. At the same time, it gives details (in all possible areas related to sailing) when and where appropriate. The writing style of the Islers is also to be commended. It makes for an enjoyable read. After all, that's what most of us want out of sailing.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
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Sailing isn't rocket science, and the authors have done a great job of keeping it simple. They cover all of the basics, some of the advanced stuff, and take all of the mystery out of sailing. Hey, they even include a tear-out plastic-coated "cheat sheet" that you can take with you on the waves!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By fdoamerica on February 25, 2001
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I used this text as a secondary supplement for an American Sailing Association "sailing certification" , and I found it refreshingly helpful. Well known today, and with hundreds of titles, the "For Dummies® Books" collection offers you valuable basic information on hundreds of subjects, from "Accounting for Dummies" to "Yoga for Dummies".
"For Dummies® Books" strive to make a subject enjoyable to read, interesting and simple enough to understand so anyone can grasp the concept . In "Sailing For Dummies", J. J. Isler and Peter Isler accomplish just that: enjoyable, interesting and simple. This is a very basic text for the first 140 pages, then, for the remainder of the book, the Islers add to your foundational knowledge of sailing ending with subjects such as: sailboat racing, chartering and buying a boat.
"Sailing For Dummies" is livened up by the use of cartoons, interesting quips and quotes and engaging icons found throughout the book in the margins. The icons denote sections of information that promote "tips", "safety", "danger", "nautical words", "sailing stories", etc. Add the above with b&w photos, great diagrams and an excellent index, and you have a book valuable to any novice who wants to know more about sailing. Recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scotland A. Roeber on August 16, 2000
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"Sailing for Dummies" offers down-to-earth, understandable explanations for everything related to sailing, from planning a trip to the mechanics of sailing to buying a boat. I've been sailing various size boats all my life, but with little formalized instruction, and this book was perfect. However, it will also be immensely helpful for those who have never stepped foot on a boat also. Great work, Islers!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Orban on November 5, 2005
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We are buying our first sailboat and needed to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. This book is easy to follow and really is very helpful in helping the reader to get a solid understanding of what is what and how it works and what to do. I also found it entertaining and humorous. We will give this book a prominent place of honor in our new boat and will refer back to it often. If someone wanted to learn to sail, this is the first book they should read.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James Doughty on March 16, 2004
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The authors have maybe a bit too much expertise and experience to effectively write for "dummies" like myself. Somehow after reading this, I had just as many questions as before. Part of the problem is this book is way too comprehensive, covering such topics as sail-boarding. I would rather have had more in depth explainations of the basics and more diagrams/illustrations.
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