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Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors Hardcover – May 28, 2001
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From the Back Cover
"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
About the Author
Nigel Calder has decades of sailing and cruising behind him. He is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance, and writes regularly for SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Professional Boatbuilder, and Yachting Monthly, among other magazines. He is the author of six books, including Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Marine Diesel Engines, Refrigeration for Pleasureboats, The Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean, and Cuba: A Cruising Guide.
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I am so glad I bought this book and took the time to go through it.
Less than $50.00 and it may have saved is 10s of thousands in ignorant mistakes.
This book covers so much, so well. Mr. Calder obviously not only has the knowledge but the motivation to really think about what should go into each area. He covers choosing, maintaining, upgrading, and cruising a boat to just the right degree that if you had no other resources, this book would usually suffice. And he does this in such a relatively small book.
I wish I'd read this before we bought our boat as it would have given us a better framework for a lot of the decisions we had to make.