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The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats: Reviews and Comparisons of 360 Boats Under 26 Feet Paperback – December 11, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (December 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071636528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071636520
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Henkel is an illustrator and writer. He has been fascinated by boats for 50 years and has owned more 30 different types over the years. While working as an engineer and business planner he helped start SAILOR magazine in 1985, and has been writing about sailing ever since. He is the author of two other books for the International Marine imprint.


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About the author

Steve Henkel has a degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton and a master's degree in business administration from Rutgers. He has won prizes for his paintings, built a sloop and a yawl in his back yard, and written articles (sometimes as a Contributing Editor) for almost every national sailboat publication from Sail magazine and Yachting to Small Boat Journal, Good Old Boat, Practical Sailor, and Woodenboat. He grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey and spent 30 years in Darien, Connecticut, where he and his family became intensely involved in sailing. Steve commuted to New York City to jobs in engineering, business analysis, and financial planning, while writing in his spare time. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida with his wife Carol. The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats is the author's fourth book, and third in the boating field. The others are Bikes (1972), Boating For Less (two editions, 1988 and 1991), and Boat Trailers and Tow Vehicles (1991).

Customer Reviews

Well done, with a lot of information.
Jeff Mead
This is a must buy for anyone searching for a small cruising sailboat or larger daysailor under 26' including most mid-sized trailer boats.
Michael K. Smith
This is an absolutely indespensible book for anyone searching for a suitable sailboat to buy.
R. Taber

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith on February 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a must buy for anyone searching for a small cruising sailboat or larger daysailor under 26' including most mid-sized trailer boats. The author has an extensive and admirable background in the field of monohull sail boats and shares his love for the hobby in this fine compilation exhibiting hundreds of sailboat specs and drawings. Many sailors have strong opinions about boats they've owned and loved but Henkel gives us the basic facts and leaves the fluff to the manufacturers brag sheets. Well presented and good for many hours of armchair sailboat research. Your eyes will be opened to many fine small boats you didn't know existed.

As an avid former catamaran sailor myself, beachcat sailors must know that a "cruising boat" and small catamarans are two completely different beasts. The title of this fine work says it all so don't expect what it doesn't promote. Fair winds.

Michael
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kent S. Kokko on January 7, 2010
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This book fills a niche as a good reference guide to cruising boats less than 26 feet, and complements "A Field Guide to Sailboats" and "Dinghys and Daysailers", among other familiar texts.
The author has profound experience with sailboats, and has arranged his subject matter clearly to allow comparisons between various boats, their history and the relative strengths and weaknesses. The confusion regarding things like "length" are clearly explained - does it refer to LOA, LWL, LOD or is the boat "length" merely marketing hyperbole? Answer - all of the above.
This would be the book to buy when contemplating the purchase of your first or next boat. Of course, once we purchase our first, we are necessarily thinking about the next. It allows you to narrow the field to fit your needs - cruising, racing, or just lazy family sailing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Night Bird of Brightness on August 17, 2010
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This book is a very thorough collection of information on many, many boats of this size range. Such a collection can't be found anywhere else. Nice book design, drawings, and convenient format for comparing the many different boats. Thank you Steve!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Balch on August 5, 2010
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If you are planning on buying a cruiser sailboat under 26 feet in length, you really must buy this book. This is not a book you start at the front and read your way through to the end. You will buy a boat one at a time so you are ultimately interested in one boat, but you have to narrow it down. Start at chapter 8, What to Consider When Buying a Small Cruising Sailboat, and determine the characteristics of the sailboat you want to own. In Chapter 9, One Hundred Choices for the Best Small Cruiser, you can then select a boat from one of eight categories: Cruiser for a Family of Four, Around-the-Buoys-Racing, Easy Ramp-Launching and Trailering, Single-Masted Character Boats, Cruisers for a Couple, Bluewater Cruisers, High-End Cruisers, and Two-Masted Character Boats. Some of the boats in these lists did not have extensive production runs so could be hard to find. If you are specifically interested in bluewater boats because you want to sail across oceans, you should also buy the book by John Vigor, Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere. Then buy the books written by Lin & Larry Pardey. If you buy only one of the Pardey's books, get Storm Tactics Handbook. It's almost an adventure book because it takes you though the history of how they learned to survive comfortably under very adverse weather conditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Collier on August 13, 2010
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What a SUPER book!!! For years I have scrounged around my closet looking for boat reviews in sailing magazines to find the specs on a particular sailboat (usually I was unsuccessful in my search) and now Steve Henkel has done all that leg work and brought it together in one volume. I am writing this just after ordering another copy for a friend of mine who regularly asks me about various boats and their qualities for he has been searching for a "new" boat. He has combed the internet and usually came up empty. Now this book not only covers over 300 boats (360), but also compares a particular boat to 3, 4, and many times 5 boats. He also has a valuable part in the back of the book dealing with "What to Consider When Buying a Small Cruising Sailsboat", another unique aspect is a chapter of "One Hundred Choices for the Best Small Cruiser"---this latter chapter is broken down into 8 categories ranging from 15 cruisers for a family of 4 to 13 high-end cruisers. I have many books on boats and the one that even tries to come close to this one is more of a field guide for identification of boats (like a "Birders' Field guide" for boats). In short, you will enjoy just paging through this book---one that should be on every sailor or would-be sailors' bookshelf
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CostaRica Sailor on May 7, 2012
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Very good book to find info of most trailer sailboats.
Good specs, well explained and easy to follow. Pictures are somewhat difficult to see in the Kindle
Research seems extensive, and tips on looking for a good used boat, usefull.
Boat names and handling of each, very thorough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Alan Brown on July 26, 2011
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Unlike the 20 boats that can take you anywhere book, This book has hundreds.
I don't like the fact that many boats took a hit because of trailerability.
My boat is moored for the season so that is is not a issuue at all.
If your shopping or dreaming this is the book for you.
Many old "affordable" boats are incuded as well.
We can't all afford a shiney new boat.
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