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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456310038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456310035
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book because I have enjoyed Fatty's other books, I have lived aboard and cruised on various boats for most of my life and wasn't expecting to get more then some laughs out of it but, not so. It is a fun read of course but it is full of great tips and ideas on maintenance. Things that would work on a gold plater too, our boat isn't that but we like to keep her looking good and thanks to Fatty we have a few short cuts. We got a few ideas on off shore preparation that we probably should have been doing all along too!!
I'm not sharing those tips in my review. I am sure that the crew of Wild Card needs to sell books to add to the cruising kitty so shell out the cash, you won't be sorry!
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I just read this book, practically in one sitting, and I enjoyed it immensely. Fatty Goodlander gives the average guy hope that he can live the cruising dream without winning the lotto. The book is straight forward, entertaining and, at times, brutally honest. I have read a number of books on cruising and what you need to cast off, but this book provides a recipe for putting it all together. If like me, sailing over the horizon is your dream, I recommend you give this book a read.
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I've read quite a lot of books concerning what it takes to buy, and outfit a sailboat to safely sail across oceans. Other authors focus on a particular brand or style of sailboat but Fatty takes a very common sense approach to boating that is refreshing. He focuses on the basics - essential safety equipment, being debt free, and tips/tricks to everything from clearing customs to food storage.

His book has helped us focus our priorities, specifically where we should spend our hard-earned money in preparing for the journey. Reading Fatty's book has tapering much of the anxiety about taking our 36-foot sailboat to distant lands.

Thank you Fatty!
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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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I've been thinking for a while now about taking up sailing - this book really pushed me over the edge. Fatty provides useful information in a witty, off-the-cuff style that is both talented and irreverent. For me though, it wasn't just the many tips for how to adopt a cruising lifestyle inexpensively as much as the inspiration from the many stories. Looking forward to reading some more of Fatty's books and articles.
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This book is extremely helpful and entertaining for those just starting the sailing dream and those that already have blue water experience. It's a rare thing for a "how to" book to be so compelling the reader stays up late unable to put it down. Fatty offers a ton of sagacious practical wisdom plus insightful bits of philosophy that are simple and profound. I once took off for parts unknown in a sailboat and ended up on a reef in Fiji. This book makes me want to give it another shot, AND had I read it ten years ago I'd have made fewer dumb mistakes on the voyage. I highlighted about half the book... If you really want to know the good, the bad, and the sublime of cruising under sail, this book is spot on.
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Another enjoyable Goodlander book that is filled with tips and anecdotes from his phenomenal experience. Definitely aimed at the budget cruiser, but would be valuable to anyone taking to the water. He presents a warm philosophy of "don't wait until you can afford it, just go sailing now". Can't argue with that... I'm actually leaving in six days! Would definitely recommend this book.
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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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