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Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach : A Philosophic and Practical Approach to Cruising Paperback – September, 1990

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``A refreshing change, written for those of us who dream of modest goals. Every cruising sailor, ambitious or unambitious, should read and treasure this memorable volume.'' (Sailing)

``For anyone contemplating a prolonged sail. . .this book makes an excellent companion, full of sensible advice on the fine art of making-do when things don't go quite as expected.'' (Soundings)

``A classic. . .certain to inspire.'' (Yachting) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1817. He lived as a poet but is best known as a philosopher and writer on natural history. He was educated at Harvard and at various times was a teacher, lecturer, inventor, essayist, and sailor. Encouraged to become a writer by his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, he lived in the woods for two years living simply and writing. His book Walden: or Life in the Woods, is a classic, more loved today than when he wrote it.

Don Casey grew up near Dallas, Texas, far from the tang of salt air. The voyage of Robin Lee Graham published by National Geographic in the late sixties captured his imagination and led him to coastal south Florida. There he bought his first boat, a 27-foot sloop, and began regularly crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. He and his wife still cruise the Bahamas but now for four to six months each year. Their current boat is a 20-year-old, 30-foot ketch.

Don gave up his life of "quiet desperation" to become a freelance writer. He has written for the most popular national sailing and boating magazines, and as a columnist for a regional magazine published in Florida.

Lew Hackler began sailing moth boats in the 40's at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, still a favorite port. Since then he has owned some 17 boats, raced and cruised along the Eastern Coast of the U.S., Bermuda, throughout the Bahamas, in the Virgins, Italy, and on Australia's Tasman Sea. He lived aboard for much of his life, and currently owns a Hunter 30 sloop.

Lew is the author of the unique volume, The Complete Sailor's Log, co-author of Let's Name It: 10,000 Boat Names, and author of a series of children's books about boating and fishing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tab Books (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877422885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877422884
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't say enough nice things about this book. It doesn't pretend to be a comprehensive guidebook on all aspects of cruising, but is rather an indepth examination of the true essentials. Just about any topic you can think of is covered, with new and insiteful thoughts on what works and what doesn't, as well as how to make cruising less technical, less expensive, less dependant on the chandlery and shore-side services in general. If you want in your heart to set off without a radio, without an engine, without radar, Loran, GPS, pressure showers or a microwave, and have been looking for very good reasons for doing so, then this is your book. Not only are these ideas mentioned in detail, but you'll see that lots of people sail a long way with very little fuss and expense, and have a wonderful, safe, and fulfilling time doing it. The yachting industry depends heavily on your feeling helpless, underequipped and in danger unless you buy one of their new (fill in the blank...radar, EPIRB, etc.), and Sensible Cruising will innoculate you against that bug, allowing you to make rational decisions about what is necessary and what is decidedly not. If nothing else, it's the best "Cruising on a Budget" book out there, bar none.
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Casey offers very practical advice in selecting and outfitting a small, live-aboard sailboat for cruising on a modest budget. It provided a realistic and comprehensive guide to prepare the person for the experience too. I found this book a great resource when preparing a boat and my family to sail from Oregon to Mexico.
It is appropriate for readers who want to go sailboat cruising during regular vacations as well as those who are considering more extended voyages. If you are looking for another book to feed a dream to go sailboat cruising, this book is an excellent choice. It may also help you to realize that enjoying a satisfying piece of your dream may be more easily realized than you had previously thought possible.
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A cruising book for regular people. A must-read for those of us who have or plan to have a reasonably seaworthy 25ish-30ish foot sailboat and want to go on a reasonable sabbatical cruise for a reasonable amount of time, i.e. weeks or months. Much needed coverage of the middle ground between buying a hundred-thousand dollar yacht and sailing thrice around the world for 10 years, and weekend lake-camping in daysailers. The authors even address the sticky issues of leaving & returning, motivating us to go and explaining how life may be changed by a successful cruise. The hypothetical ICW-Bahamas cruise is $19.95 worth of info alone. Don't let the thoroeau quotes put you off; this is a very practical book.
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"Sensible Cruising" convinced me to buy a vintage 1972 Catalina 22' sailboat (swing keel) for $1000 (includes four sails, cushions, etc., but no trailer, nor outboard, which I didn't want anyway) ... the boat is in immaculate condition and is a fast, easy to sail, sailboat... it is moored in a marina along the Texas gulf coast ... best buy and best decision in recent memory! The authors' advice: to buy an affordable boat and GO SAILING was the 'turning point' in my sailing adventures! A dream come true ... there's nothing like messing about in boats!!! ONE HAPPY SAILOR, "Cap'n" Howard Jones
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I already have the cruising boat, so I bought this book (based on a recommendation in a review of similarly themed book) for ideas on 'sensible' equipping and planning. I read it over the period of ~5 days, skipping a not-now-relevant chapter or two. It was a good and interesting read. I was glad to see that my boat choice fit into their recommended "pocket" cruiser definition, and I generally like their direction/perspective of equipping for a cruise. I initially gave it four stars, but on reflection, changed it to five stars, since it has, after all, been placed into my stack of good "read it again" reference material as I work to afford the list of 'sensible" needed equipment and keep the expensive 'wants' in check.
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I love this book! I wish I had known about it a long time ago. This book will provide you with a perspective on boat selection and a cruising approach that is important to understand, one that will save you tens of thousands of dollars (maybe more), and will enable you to actually go cruising now. This type of advice is really hard to find because we are all inundated with the message from the boating industry that you need a 40 foot (or larger) boat in order to go cruising, and that is simply not true! The main thing that I love about their advice in this book is that you actually need way less than you think in order to go cruising, and it's very much within reach for most people. In fact, you're more likely to overspend and get a boat that's too big than one that's too small, which leaves you with less money to spend while cruising. This will cause you to enjoy your cruising a lot less, it will cause you more stress (emotional and financial) when expensive systems need maintenance or need to be replaced, and it will ultimately shorten the amount of time you can actually spend out there cruising. Maybe you already own a 27-30 foot boat and you don't think it's big enough. Before you sell it and buy a 40 foot boat, read this book! If you're considering doing any kind of cruising and don't own a boat or don't know where to start, then read this book before you talk to boat brokers and other people who just want to profit from your lack of knowledge/experience. The other thing I like about this book, which makes it unique are the interspersed Thoreau quotes. They are perfectly selected to augment the topic that the authors are discussing. It causes you to reflect on what they're saying. Good luck, and fair winds!
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