This article is from the Boats FAQ, by John F. Hughes with numerous contributions by others.
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO SHIPS AND THE SEA, ships
An encyclodepia of nautical history and personalities.(sm).
THE OXFORD BOOK OF THE SEA, An anthology of maritime
MEALS ON KEELS, Bluewater Cruising Association, Cookbook from
local cruising ass'n in Vancouver. (dk2).
THE SAILING YACHT, Juan Baader, Out of print but shows up on used
book lists occasionally. Comprehensive treatment of all aspects of sailing,
VOYAGING UNDER POWER (3RD EDITION), Robert Beebe, The
only book I know of about long range cruising in small (50 feet/15 meters
or less) power yachts. The author has designed and built several such
boats and taken them all over the world. (mh).
SELL UP AND SAIL, Bill and Laurel Cooper, This book is hard to
describe. It begins with the question of whether you are cut out for long
distance cruising and then proceeds to a lot of varied topics which aren't
covered very well elsewhere. Laurel Cooper's sections on galley work and
provisioning are among the best I have seen. Very British and sometimes
startlingly irreverent. Useful and a good read.(mh).
MANAGING YOUR ESCAPE, Katy Burke, How to arrange your life so
that it does not require your presence. Oriented towards cruising but
applicable to anyone wanting to pursue a freedom lifestyle.(mh).
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SAILBOAT BUYING, The editors of
Practical Sailor, Two volumes, one covering the general subject of buying
a boat, the other reprinting many of the PS boat review articles. The best
general coverage of the topic. An earlier version called PRACTICAL
BOAT BUYING is still in print. This is a single paperback volume.(mh)
THE COMPLETE LIVE-ABOARD BOOK by Katy Burke. Every aspect
of living aboard a boat, technical and otherwise. This is also a good guide
to choosing a boat from the livability standpoint. Highly
COOKING ON THE GO, Janet Groene, A complete cookbook which
does not require refrigeration. Includes extensive information on
long-term storage of foods, as for a major passage.(mh).
Microcruising and Microcruisers / under sail, Pete Hodgins, Not yet published,
but written by a rec.boater; probably available from him in some
pre-print form at email@example.com (jfh).
SELF-STEERING FOR SAILING CRAFT, John Jr. Letcher, Out of
print and hard to find. Theory and practice from an accomplished
designer and sailor.
THE WIND COMMANDS, Harry A. Morton, A history of sea-faring
people and vessels from polynesian canoes to clipper ships with an
emphasis on Pacific voyages and what was needed to make them. Morton
discusses pivotal developments in ship design, navigation, maratime
medicine which enabled ships to cross the Pacific, as well as the culture
and lore of the sea. I didn't care for the writing style and organization.
The book has an excellent bibliography.
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF THE OFFSHORE CREW, Lin Pardey,
The domestic side of offshore boatkeeping. Covers much more than galley
topics and tells a good cruising story along the way.(mh).
ROYCE'S SAILING ILLUSTRATED, Royce, A compact little book with
a lot of info in it, including descriptions and pictures of sloops, schooners,
marconi rigs, gaff rigs, etc., in other words, a general intro to the styles of
boats that are around (although it doesn't get into the distinctions
between a brig and a bark, etc., but these rarely come up in day-to-day
THE ONE POT MEAL, Hannah G. Scheel., Not intended for boat use,
but probably the most practical boat or RV cookbook around. I've used
this since my college days. Probably out of print, but worth looking
A FIELD GUIDE TO SAILBOATS, unknown, Or is it "a field guide to
boats"? This little book lists about 250 types of boats, from Dyer Dhows
up to Columbia 50s. They are mostly ones that are in current production,
and some of them are so painful to the eye that you want to know their
names only in order to avoid them. Each page gives a drawing of the
boat, with arrows pointing to distinctive features, and a long paragraph of
text describing the boat. There's also basic info like tankage, sail area,
displacement, length overall, waterline length, etc. (jfh).
THE YACHTING COOKBOOK, Elizabeth Wheeler and Jennifer
Trainer, The only coffee-table cookbook I know of. Contains some of the
best recipes I have found anywhere, all easy to prepare. I use it at home
more than on the boat. This is for coastal cruising, based on regional
ingredients. Wheeler is a charterboat cook.(mh).