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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Wescott Cove Publishing Company; 1st edition (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918752159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918752154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was pleasantly surprised! This book is set up for those who kayak, canoe or day sail and it is BRIMMING with information suitable for those folks. It's got tons of practical "been there/done that, wish we'd done this" sort of information.

Let me put in an aside -- I bought this a few years back and referenced it many times over. It is incredibly detailed, easy to read, and informative.

Another nice touch is that the editor has also added his notes to the book (in italics) so we get not just the author's viewpoints but expanded, added detail from another experienced individual.

This book feels like a friendly guide... like you're sitting around a campfire shooting the breeze with friends you've just met and sharing details on what works well for you, what you've tried and found not-so-great, and what you'd do differently next time. And yes, there definitely will be a next time!

I would definitely recommend purchase (it's that good) and though out-of-date (re prices of items) it's still WELL WORTH it as an informative tome. Anyone who has thought of cruising on a tight budget can actually have fun. Let this book be your guide -- I've never seen such a compilation. It's the best!

Think Voyaging On A Small Income but for folks who aren't quite that rich! When the authors take off for a weekend, a week, a month or more, they are using a canoe! Small boats can do wonderful things -- it doesn't have to cost your right arm and first born. This book will tell you how to do it, what to bring, what to leave at home, and give you a head start on cruising.

Buy it -- you won't be sorry.
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If you are an American thinking of beach cruising around Florida, the Bahamas and/or the Carribean, and you are pinching your pennies trying to decide whether you should buy Margaret Dye's Dinghy Cruising or Ida Little's Beachcruising and Coastal Camping, I would recommend this one by Ida Little. Both books cover essentially the same topics of choosing a boat, anchoring, paying attention to tides, and so on, but this one is much more about the details cruising and camping in (closer to) home waters.

More so than Margaret Dye, there is a great deal about beaching the boat, setting up camp on the beach or sleeping in the boat, dealing with shallow water, finding fresh water where I would not have expected there would be any, fishing for your dinner and actually feeding yourself from fishing, picking the right place to anchor, and so on. Ida Little and her partner were more open to the size of boat than Margaret Dye (always a dinghy). They started out with a canoe with a sail, moved up to a Hobie catamaran towing their canoe (loaded with all their baggage), moved up from there to a live aboard sail boat, then went smaller, but not so small as before, and not as small as a dinghy. As a result, their discussion of the choice of boat, and the pros and cons, is much broader than Margaret's.

I have to say that Ida paints a more attractive picture of the locales where she sailed than does Margaret. Regarding Margaret, I'm amazed she survived, and nearly as amazed that she ever took up sailing and cruising. But Ida describes experiences that are far more benign, certainly not so threatening, and if you don't mind truly roughing it, much more attractive.

Like Margaret's book, this one has a dated quality to it, especially when discussing navigation.
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Having recently purchased a Sea Pearl 21 Tri and living in SW Florida I thought this book was what i needed. After reading it I was more than pleasently surprised. Although I have canoed, canoe sailed, and camped most of my life I found lots of helpful tips contained in the great writing style of the authors. Itis a must have for the library of those who want to taste the adventure found in the exciting world of beach cruising and coastal camping!!
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I first saw a recommendation for this book on a sailing web site. I then came across the book here while searching for books related to sailing small boats and coastal cruising. This book is full of practical advice, entertaining anecdotes and the kind of real world knowledge that can only come from experience. I found their advice on the process of choosing the proper boat and how their own requirements evolved over time to be particularly educational.

The unique perspective of this book focuses as much on life on a remote shore as the process of getting there and returning. It contains helpful advice for the entire journey. If you enjoy sailing, camping or a good story, I expect you will enjoy this book.
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If you are planning on beach cruising in the United States, this is the book for you. It is loaded with how-to tips as where to go information. The narrative is spiced with first person experiences also. The back end of the book actually evaluates many of the viable boat models which would make capable beach cruisers. Well worth the read.
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Great advice from folks who have lived the dream. One bit of advice is to have foul weather gear - I thought "how cold can you get in South Texas?" Cold enough to wish I had taken the Little's advice!
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