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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 (International Marine-RMP) Paperback – April 6, 2012
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I also think this book does give the wrong impression to people who are thinking of cruising in the Caribbean. When the author chooses a $200K boat, without experience, and then states at the end of the book that next time she'd get a larger one it is the equivalent of a rich person stating that one can't drive to work in a vehicle costing less than $60K. There are plenty of good cruising boats to be had for well under this kind of money. In fact it is interesting reading about what needed replacement. If she'd have bought a fixer upper she'd have replaced all those parts before the trip, probably gotten a more solid fiberglass hull, as older boats are often stronger built, not needed a bank loan, and could have cruised for several more years.
That said this book is an interesting description of a Caribbean cruise, and it is inspiring if you manage to get past the arrogance!
The whole narrative is half-way between a Cosmopolitan article on "How Women Are Better Than Men In Whatever They Do" and a banal tourist guide to the Caribbean islands, with abundant minutia of limited practical value but excruciatingly boring. In conclusion, I regret buying this book. The title was too enticing, and I failed to read the worst Amazon opinions.
While it isn't that funny or well written, it is interesting and entertaining. And, you have to remember while reading that the goal of this couple was to find the ideal island to work and live on. They didn't plan on living on or keeping the boat forever. I think there's a lot of usable information here because it was written by people who didn't really know what they were doing. So, it's a beginners type of book--not really for people who've been around sailing most of their lives.
My husband has dreamed about getting a sailboat and sailing around the Carribean. He just retired so it was getting closer to being a reality. I wasn't convinced although I love the idea of moving around the islands at will. But, after a weekend of sailing lessons in the Chesapeake Bay on a 36 foot sailboat, I was even less sure. It all made sense, but my husband, who grew-up sailing and windsurfs had a near disaster or two behind the wheel. Wait a minute. I was depending on him to know how to do it while I sat back and drank pina coladas. I don't want to have to worry.
After I finished this book I decided that having a live-on sailboat probably isn't for us. Things are always breaking and you have to be good at fixing things or finding a workaround while you are sailing. It seems incredibly expensive because things constantly need replacing and prices for repairs and everything else are expensive in the islands. Since I needed to convince my husband that this isn't the life for us I gave it to my husband to read. I haven't heard anything about buying a boat since he read it. YES!!!
So, if you want to avoid spending your life on a sailboat you will definitely want to have your partner, mate, husband, or wife read this book so he or she can face reality. Or, if you can afford a nice boat and a crew you can just skip this book.