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A Sail of Two Idiots: 100+ Lessons and Laughs from a Non-Sailor Who Quit the Rat Race, Took the Helm, and Sailed to a New Life in the Caribbean Paperback – April 6, 2012
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The writing is *very* conversational. Once you notice the extraordinary use of exclamation points you will never be able to unsee them. There are lots of "hrrm", "oy" and various similar vocalizations that work in a verbal conversation but become a little overhwhelming in written form. You either get used to it and enjoy it or you don't and it gets to be too much for you.
This is a good story for the lessons learned. Some will be obvious to you and some will not so you will pick up some helpful hints.
Then there is the wonderful description of the adventures of novice sailors and how they overcame obstacles and mostly had a delightful journey. I think that only one in twenty or less would have had such success, so don’t be too tempted to give it all up and go sailing! We can enjoy vicariously the beauty of the adventure that a sail of two idiots had.
Bravo! Well done.
First of all, there are many different writing styles, and I enjoy reading different authors' works for that very reason. This author has a very conversational style. If you don't like that style of writing, you probably won't enjoy this book. I happen to find it refreshing. A nice change of pace.
Second, my wife and I are dabbling our toes in the world of sailing. Being new to the whole business of sailing and boat maintenance and buying/selling boats, I found most of the topics discussed in the story interesting and informative. Very much in keeping with the point of view and comments I have heard from other serious boaters. I did find the author's 'learn as you go' approach to sailing a bit different. My wife and I, being new to sailing as I said, are taking as many sailing school classes as we can and spending as much time as we can on Galveston Bay before heading out on what I hope will be a similar cruise around the Caribbean as the one this author attempted. We plan to up our experience in small 'jumps' as we go, rather than jump in the deep in the pool first as this author did. In fact, when I first read the book I thought this approach to sailing was a bit unbelievable, but then I met two couples in one of our sailing classes who were chartering in the Caribbean with, what I consider to be, very little experience. So, the story seems much more believable to me now. It's still not our approach to sailing. I think too many things could go wrong.
But I found the story to be fun and realistic and very readable. I think it does reflect a lot of peoples' approach to cruising. If you can only set aside a few years for cruising, it probably doesn't allow you much more than an "enlightened tourist's" approach to visiting the islands. But any attempt at visiting other people and other places and other cultures is better than nothing.
I recommend you give this book a chance. If you approach the book and the characters in a less critical way, for who they are and what they have to say, I think you will enjoy the story.