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By ashgoodman last modified Feb 22, 2019 08:03 AM
Books we recommend

The following is a list of books or publishers we recommend. All are great reads, and some even have special discounts for Noonsite users!

Marine Diesel Basics: Adventurer and long-term liveaboard Dennison Berwick has put together this very useful basic guide on how best to maintain your diesel engine. With easy to read diagrams and its step-by-step approach to each task this is a useful book to have at hand throughout the cruising season. It covers maintenance, lay-up, winter protection, tropical storage and spring re-commissioning.

Shooting Stars and Flying Fish: A light-hearted, inspirational memoir about a remarkable couple who left behind the corporate rat-race to follow their dream of sailing around the world—a story that demonstrates the rewards of taking risks to follow one's star

Hasta Bananas: From Cockpit to Cockpit ...  Between 1994 and 1998 the Swiss Otti Schmid, a former airline pilot for Swissair with little experience on the open sea, set sail to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Panama Canal, Galapagos, Polynesia and Melanesia to New Zealand and Australia.

QUICKSTART Circumnavigation Guide: Proven Route and Sailing Itinerary Timed for Weather: Dreaming of Sailing the Seas? Buy THIS Book First! You’ll feel like you are on YOUR WORLD CRUISE in this overview book for sailing the world, the adventure of a Lifetime. In this non-fiction book, there is enough factual information and detail for readers contemplating their own worldwide sailing adventure. Easy to read, well organized, and entertaining. At the end of reading this book, one could ask,“Do you want to take this trip?” The emphatic answer is, “YES! Let the voyage begin!”

Ocean Nomad:  Noonsite users, use the coupon code NOONSITE to get a 20% discount on this ultimate guide to hitch-sailing. The Complete Atlantic Sailing Crew Guide: How to Catch a Ride & Contribute to a healthier ocean. A 400-page interactive adventure travel guide containing actionable information for anyone involved (or interested) in hitch-sailing. More than a simple adventure story, or even a personal memoir of what the author did right and wrong when sailing as crew across the Atlantic 3 times, the book is a comprehensive look at all aspects of crewing, with interviews of 32 captains and 58 sailors who sailed the Atlantic Ocean for a wide perspective.

The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising: This inspirational and comprehensive manual leads you step-by-step through every aspect of choosing, planning, and following the voyager’s life. Using three example boats representing three cruising lifestyles―Simplicity, Moderation, and Highlife―Beth Leonard helps make your bluewater dreams come true, whether you’re sailing on a shoestring or a CEO’s pension.

How to Sail Around the World: Advice and Ideas for Voyaging Under Sail: More than 35 years ago, Hal Roth quit his job as a journalist and went sailing. Since then, he's logged more than 200,000 sea miles. Along the way, Roth also has authored eight voyaging classics, including this great resource.

Voyaging With Kids - A Guide to Family Life Afloat: The three authors, who have each voyaged thousands of miles with children on board, provide a factual and balanced look at the realities of family life on the sea.

Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the WorldOne night when their children were still in diapers, Caspar and Nichola Craven hatched a plan to sail around the world as a family. Most people thought they were crazy. But in the years that followed they embraced every moment of this transformative chapter of their lives. Five years of planning--the vision, the values, the practicalities, the realities, the excitement, the highs, the lows and the seemingly adventure-stopping obstacles--led to two wonderful years of living their dream of sailing the world--full of moments both magical and scary--enjoying life and learning and growing as a family.

Sea Trials- Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire, by Wendy Hinman:
A true story about a family sailing around the world. It is extremely well written and a fabulous read. I found it to be captivating, thought provoking and interesting. Each character in the family of 4 is well developed and shown to be determined and courageous. The book is of special interest to sailors since it is about a family of sailors and the trials and tribulations of circumnavigating.
Recommendation by Sarah and GB Bucknell, SY Djarrka

Tightwads on the Loose, A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey, by Wendy Hinman:
A fabulous account of Wendy and Garth’s life on a small boat, cruising and sailing in the Pacific. It describes their lives in an imaginative fashion and makes you wonder how they could have done it. Owners of boats over 40’ should read this heartwarming book.
Recommendation by Sarah and GB Bucknell, SY Djarrka

Stress-free Sailing: Single and Short-handed Techniques by Duncan Wells: Most sailing technique books assume a crew of three or four, all willing to lend a hand. This book is therefore a first, addressing the most common sailing scenarios that anyone cruising will have to deal with, and providing clever, original, highly effective (and most important, successfully tried and tested by the author) techniques and solutions for dealing with the huge variety of essential operations on a boat--from sail setting and reefing; to picking up mooring buoys in a variety of wind and tide situations; to anchoring, berthing, and leaving a pontoon shorthanded; to picking up a man overboard; to sailing in fog and heavy weather--and even going up the mast.

Stress-Free Motorboating: Single and Short-Handed Techniques by Duncan Wells is the answer to all single or shorthanded crews' prayers. Profusely illustrated with color step-by-step photographs (and links to videos), Stress-Free Motorboating tackles and teaches the most common boating situations, including getting out of (and then back in) a marina berth, anchoring, mooring, motoring in waves, and emergencies like crew overboard. Any boater, whether aboard a 35-footer, a sports runabout, or a 60-foot displacement cruiser on the coast or inland waterway will benefit from additional essential advice, including fuel monitoring, engine care and maintenance, battery life and care--essential topics for mastery, since after all, a motorboat's only means of propulsion is the engine.

Addicted to Adventure: Between Rocks and Cold Places by Bob Shepton: Battling Atlantic storms, losing a mast in Antarctica, sailing the Arctic, skiing across remote regions, climbing and sailing through the North West Passage. Bob Shepton is an ordained minister in the Church of England in his 70s, but spends most of his time sailing into the Arctic and making first ascents of inaccessible mountains.

Bob Shepton is an old-school adventurer, and this compelling book is in the spirit of sailing mountaineer HW Tilman, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, climber Chris Bonington and yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston, all of whom have been either friends of Bob's or an inspiration for his own exploits.

The Boat Galley Cookbook by Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons: No matter what anyone tells you, boat cooking IS different from cooking ashore. The space is smaller, there’s no grocery store 5 minutes away, you have fewer prepared foods and electric appliances, and food storage is much different.

The Boat Galley Cookbook contains 800+ recipes made from readily-obtainable ingredients with hand utensils, including numerous choices to suit every taste: not just one cake but 20, 16 ways to prepare fish, 10 regional barbeque sauces, and so on. With step-by-step directions even “non-cooks” can have confidence to turn out tasty meals without prepared foods.

How To Anchor Safely - So You Sleep Well!:  During 8 years as a ‘boat gypsy’, Malcolm Snook developed a great deal of knowledge on how to safely anchor your yacht in a wide variety of circumstances. This book doesn’t just cover the techniques and the equipment needed, it also covers related topics such as dinghies, communications, security and even illness.

Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring is a very readable book on boat anchoring. It is 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 for any boater or sailor!

The third expanded edition of Happy Hooking - the Art of Anchoring features:

  • More gear
  • More photos
  • More illustrations
  • More independent reviews
  • Experience from both sides of the Atlantic
  • Personal anecdotes based on many thousands of miles of sailing and countless times anchoring


Imray Nautical Charts and Books: Noonsite users can get up to 15% discount from this popular and trusted publisher of nautical resources.

Bluewater Books and Charts offers 10% off any purchase. Simply enter the coupon code NOON at checkout. Bluewater carries a wide variety of nautical books and charts, decorative nautical art, medical and navigation supplies and more.

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