Christmas additions to your boat library

Two great titles that make the perfect Christmas gift, plus save you money on board.

Published 11 years ago, updated 5 years ago

Canvas for Cruisers

For cruisers on a budget, the biggest saver can be if you learn to produce all your own canvas for on board. Once you’ve mastered the basics, the possibilities are endless, from winch covers and hatch covers to biminis and sail covers.

Author Julie Gifford has lived aboard, circumnavigated and refitted yachts for over 10 years, and learned through trial and error how to produce a “homemade” professional job, that lasts a long time. Being a liveaboard, she approaches materials and working methods from a practical perspective as well as being able to recommend what works for full-time liveaboard conditions in a variety of climates.

Julie told noonsite, “This is a do-it-yourself book and I was inspired to write it because the other books ‘out there’ just don’t provide the detail and background information many sewing people require”.

This book will give you the basic techniques and designs, and advice on how to adapt them to fit your boat. So upgrade your sewing machine and get stitching! [BROKEN LINK]


The Boat Galley Cookbook

If you are fed up with the same old “one-pot wonders” you cook up on your galley stove, or cruising onwards and wondering how to deal with new ingredients, this cookbook could be for you. Authors Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons are long-distance cruisers with a combined 21,000 miles under the keel of their respective boats.

Their combined experience has produced a cookbook that gives you good tasty food (not gourmet) quickly, uses ingredients you can actually find and store on your boat with recipes that don’t require electric appliances. Practical yet tasty. There’s also a wealth of tips for provisioning, ideas for meals on passage, storage and safety, galley kit, food substitutions, and cooking techniques.

A free 33 recipe sampler can be downloaded here.

Note: It even has a whole section devoted to “Holiday Cheer”.

Don’t miss the Sweet Potato Cookies (page 419).


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