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Sell Up and Sail Paperback – September 1, 1998
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"At last a 'cruise off into the blue' book that's different. Ten years of wandering the world's oceans and isles have evidently worked wonders for this eclectic couple who between them write with the panache of literary wizards and inject their text with a bizarre wit that is simply gripping. . . . From 'why do we do it' to managing and maintaining boat and brain, both the expected and unexpected are asked and answered . . . a must whether or not you're serious about doing so."
About the Author
Cooper sold up and embarked on a wandering life more than 20 years ago. He now lives with his wife on their barge.
Cooper lives with her husband on their barge.
Bill Byron Concevitch is Chief Talent and Learning Officer for Witness Systems, Inc., and author, professional speaker, experienced sales professional, and expert trainer. He has served as president of Mentergy, chief learning officer of ExecuTrain Corporation, senior vice president of sales at Element K, and executive vice president of Learning Tree International. He is a regular presenter at seminars, author of numerous white papers on selling trends, and featured in a variety of industry forums and events. His unique perspective gained from his vast experience has enabled him to effectively train thousands of sales professionals over the past 25 years.
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Something in the Coopers compels them to carp incessantly about "environmentalists." This grousing is puzzling - and annoying - on a couple of levels. I'd like to believe that sailors are keen to take care of our oceans. What the Coopers seem unable to grasp is that it is people like them, showing disregard for the environment, who are responsible for the need for the very "nanny state government" they rail against. If each of us behaved responsibly, thick volumes of laws and regulations wouldn't be required. How does one not understand that? In any event, the complaining detracted from the book.
It's unfortunate they made these ongoing micro-rants such a prominent part of their story because on the whole I found "Sell Up and Sail" to be a worthwhile read. Regardless of how well-heeled the Coopers may have been, they actually got out on the sea and lived the life for over three decades. That, in and of itself, is a remarkable story. Along the way, they learned a good deal worth passing along, which they have done in clear, sometimes humorous writing. Take this read for what it is: one couple's perspective on live-aboard cruising.
As another reviewer noted, the coverage on navigation and electronics is close to zero, and on non-electronic navigation limited to mentioning one author is an ex-professional and the the other took a course on the subject.
Finally, the most annoying feature is the author's complete lack of concern for the environment and their active ranting against the 'environmental nuts' that don't let them dump their sewerage in harbors ("fish crap too" is the logic here), use halon based fire suppressant or use toxic bottom paints- there is even an allusion to eco nuts interfering with legitimate sailing pastimes such as carving whale teeth as a hobby. The book is not in front of me at this moment- but I believe my quotes to be accurate. I am unwilling to read it again to make sure.
The authors may have spent a long time living on the sea but purchasing this book will do little other than to help prolong their ability to do so- it will not help the reader prepare or enjoy their own adventures as- in my opinion- such a book should. Mine is for sale if somebody wants it...
Note that this is a pretty densely written book with a good deal of detail. If you prefer an equally broad treatment, but with less detail and an easier read, I'd recommend Walt Gleckler's "All About Crusing".