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Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors Hardcover – May 28, 2001
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"The indispensable crew. No boat should sail without Calder aboard."--Paul Gelder, Yachting Monthly
This handbook shows you not only how to select and equip a boat for coastal and offshore cruising, but also how to sail and navigate it. Covering all this in one volume is a monumental task, one not attempted since the pioneers of blue-water voyaging wrote the first generation of cruising bibles decades ago. Since that simpler, more spartan era, the typical cruising sailboat has become faster and more comfortable, but also more complex. Even as they've made distant horizons more reachable, the marvels of modern technology have paradoxically raised the ante on the entry-level skills required for cruising. Small wonder then that books about boat handling and seamanship have little to say about the special demands of cruising, while books about cruising presuppose a mastery of the fundamentals of seamanship and navigation.
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbookpresupposes nothing. It sifts through, organizes, and makes sense of the hundred disciplines of the cruising avocation. It will help you through your first coastal hop or your umpteenth offshore passage. Here you will find
- Comprehensive coverage of cruising sailboat design
- The elements of a comfortable interior and a workable deck presented in depth
- The background you need to decide which of today's technological advancements may detract from rather than add to your cruising enjoyment
- Thorough coverage of cruising skills, from boat handling to transoceanic voyaging
- Fresh wrinkles for even the most experienced sailors
Compiling in one volume all the knowledge needed for successful cruising under sail, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook provides an inestimable service for sailors. There is nothing else like it.
"If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and could choose only one book to help get you off, this is the book."--Patience Wales, Editor, SAIL
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Top Customer Reviews
This book of Calder's is a whole new ball game.
First of all: It's a very big book both physically, and in terms of it's diverse subject matter. At just under six hundred pages in an 8 ½ x 11inch format, it is not something I would refer to as a "handbook" unless speaking to a gorilla. The word "encyclopedic" springs to mind, as it is truly monumental in scope and execution...
McGraw-Hill did a commendable job of putting it all together. It looks like it might last, even in the marine environment where it will most assuredly find a home. It features a water resistant cover and flexible spine, designed to lie flat when opened, a wonderful feature on a pitching chart table, far at sea, where information is scarce and time of the essence.
It covers nearly everything. It covers it in exquisite detail. It covers it in a manner anyone can understand. There are chapters relating to most any conceivable contingency a cruiser might run in to, from boat selection, equipage, and maintenance, to the more esoteric areas of daily life on a cruising sailboat (and much more than I wanted to know about navigational history).
Calder remains the quintessential "systems" man and his section on surveying a prospective purchase, with it's attendant checklist, is, alone, worth the price of the book.Read more ›
His treatment of yacht design is a fantastic walk through the desireable characteristics of yachts for cruising. If you are buying a boat, read this book before you finalize your decision. Calder acknowledges that every boat is a compromise, and he clearly favors traditional design over modern lines (he repeatedly expresses his distaste for wing keels, for example).
The book then progresses through different sailing and cruising skills and issues. His discussion of anchoring is one of the best I have seen, and he does an admirable job of explaining marine weather.
The one thing to keep in mind about this book is that it is rather "blue sky". He describes the ultimate cruising yacht (which looks remarkably like his own) and tends to overcook some of the concerns with "lesser" designs. Not everyone can afford to have a brand new Pacific Seacraft 40 built for them from scratch, but this is the boat Calder essentially lists as the perfect cruising yacht.
This book is a great add-on for those who already have his earlier maintenance book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for outlining the many considerations and options when buying a boat. Helps you think about features you may and may not want in your next boat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Very detailed. Everything you need to know if you are thinking about buying a bluewater sailboat before you do it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kelly
I haven't finished this book yet, but, so far, I've found the writing style enjoyable. It contains lots of useful information, both basic and technical. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric
The book was well written. It seemed to go into too much detail on serval subjects, such as weather, and became a bit boring. Read morePublished 19 months ago by B. Kincaid
A MUST HAVE FOR ALL SERIOUS BOATER. This and His other Bible Book. These and Chapmans, and Peggy Hill's book. Are a must for any serious boater.Published 20 months ago by John W. Graham