The list author says: "This list represents the books I have found useful to have aboard. The few that I would consider essential are marked as such. This list represents most of the books I currently have aboard in my "reference library." The difference between this list and another list of sailing books I have at Amazon, is that the other list contains books I read and found useful before I started cruising, while this list contains the books I still have aboard and still find useful. Obviously, if a book appears in both lists, it is one I would highly recommend."
"Essential. An excellent general cruising handbook. I can't decide whether I prefer this book or Nigel Calder's, so I have both aboard. This book is especially useful to the person who is still in the planning stages of going cruising."
"Essential. An excellent general cruising handbook. I have both this book and Beth Leonard's "Voyager's Handbook" aboard. If you have space, get both, otherwise, either one is incredibly useful both in the planning stages, and to have aboard for reference while cruising."
"If you enjoy tying knots and doing fancy knot-work, this is an excellent book. The illustrations are very good and the writing is very good. This book seems to be a large-format, slightly condensed version of "The Arts of the Sailor" also by Hervey Garrett Smith. I have both, but if I had to choose, I'd go with this one."
"If you enjoy tying knots and doing fancy knot-work, this is an excellent book. The illustrations are very good and the writing is very good. This book seems to be a small-format, slightly expanded version of "The Marlinspike Sailor" also by Hervey Garrett Smith. I have both, but if I had to choose, I'd go with "The Marlinspike Sailor.""
"Not bad, but not great. If you are new to sewing in general, and canvaswork in particular, this would be a good intro. A much better book on canvaswork is "Canvas for Cruisers, The Complete Guide" by Julie Gifford. Unfortunately, it is newly published and not available on Amazon, so I can't review it in this list."
"Essential. I should stipulate that it is only really essential if you are a navigation geek, which I am. This is the definitive book on navigation. It is public domain, so it can be downloaded in PDF format for free, but he hard copy is good to have aboard."
"Essential. This book contains most everything you need to know about sailboat rigging, both running and standing, as well as general info on lines, knots, etc. This is one of the most-used books in my library."
"Essential. This book is a classic on heavy weather sailing, written over 30 years ago and revised and kept current by Peter Bruce. Excellent discussion of yacht design factors with respect to heavy weather, as well as various equipment and techniques for dealing with heavy weather."
"The operating manual that came with your radar is sufficient for most people's needs, but this book is both interesting and has a wealth of information that goes way beyond what the operating manual is going to tell you. Essential for us geeks, but maybe not for everybody else."
"This hefty volume is essential if you are planning on doing much ocean-crossing. If you are just staying coastal, or popping down to the Caribbean and Bahamas, you won't need it, although it is still interesting."
"Essential. This slim, unpretentious book has some of the best suggestions for preparing your boat for sea I've seen anywhere. Humorously written and succinct, this is one of the most referred-to books I have."
"This book is another classic on heavy-weather sailing, written by a couple who have been cruising around since the 1960's. A very good book to have and read, but if you have to make a choice, I'd go with "Adlard Cole's Heavy Weather Sailing" by Peter Bruce."
"Essential. This book is essential because if you operate a boat 12 meters (39 feet) or more in length, you are required to have a copy aboard. Actually, most people opt for some form of a "quick reference" card, but I like to have the source material."
"Essential. At least, I consider it essential. I know, however, that most people are content to simply switch on the GPS. Decide for yourself, but if lightning hits close enough to fry my electronics, I still want to be able to find my way home."