by (us!) Capt. Alex Blackwell & Capt. Daria Blackwell
Unless you are far offshore, at some point or another you are going to need to park your boat. Just like knowing how to stop your car before you start is perhaps the most important part of driving, we feel that anchoring is perhaps the most important skill you can and should acquire in boating. 226 pages, 182 Illustrations
Happy Hooking is a very readable book loaded with valuable information on anchoring tackle, anchoring technique, tying up and rafting, anchoring etiquette, as well as the occasional anecdote - simply stated a must have!
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Cruising Outpost - The latest and greatest source of all things Cruising and Adventure Voyaging. - Formerly: Latitudes & Attitudes - Bob Bitchin's irreverent (or is it irrelevant) rag supporting the cruisers lifestyle. It is truly a breath of fresh air. Not for everyone (or at least some won't admit it while reading it in the closet).
Managing the Waterway - An enriched Cruising Guide for Intracoastal Waterway Travelers by Mark & Diana Doyle
Top Ten Cruising Seamanship Best Practice Resoluitons - The truth of the matter is that although the governing bodies of sailing as a sport prepare detailed instructions for safety at sea, they are usually woefully inadequate and totally unfeasible for cruisers and sailors who view sailing as a hobby, a pastime, or a lifestyle rather than a racing sport.
The Future of Sailing - In most parts of the world, people lament the decline in enthusiasm for sailing. And yes, we do see so very, very many boats that never seem to leave the harbor. We have heard many tales of youth sailing programs that have serious rates of attrition from one year to another. What can one do about this?
Disaster Preparation - Now we are not predicting a disaster, but this is what we did after one struck and we anticipated the follow-up
There's something curious about sailing and being on the water. It's not always that just any music will do. Sometimes you have to hear that soothing rhythm that reflects a soul borne on the water. A selection of our favorited with additions from our readers.
Here are a few samplings.
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