When it comes to cruising/sailing, you have thousands of books to choose from! As you type “best sailing books to read” in your search engine, you will be given a variety of options.
Picking the right book about sailing is important. It will prepare your technically and emotionally for the journey. Some books will be better than the rest. But remember, every book is a journey itself. It is written to deliver a unique story. That is why you should read as many sailing books as possible. With this being said, here are top few sailing books every adventure lover should own!
Books By Jimmy Cornell
Cornell has written many fascinating books for sailors. Two of his finest creations are “World Cruising Handbook” and “World Cruising Routes”.
World Cruising Handbook is much more than a book. It can be treated like a companion. Cornell lists out everything you would come across. It could be the formalities, visa requirements, entry ports or customs regulations, Cornell has noted down everything. This book can be treated like an encyclopedia for sailing. It is not available on the internet (at least when this page was written).
World Cruising Routes is another wonderful creation. As suggested by its name, it has all fantastic routers you can think of. It gives sailors a comprehensive insight on how to go, where to go and above all, where shouldn’t you go! Cornell writes this book with great authority.
Book By Hal Roth
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide on sailing, you must read Hal Roth’s “How to Sail Around the World”. Once again, this is a great book with plenty of tips, details on storm tactics and essential sailing gears. When compared to many other books on sailing, this book is extremely technical. But, the author manages to convey all technical facts in a simple, easy-to-read fashion. Throughout the book, you will be offered loads of information, tricks, and tips.
Books by Nigel Calder
Nigel Calder’s “Cruising Handbook” has become extremely famous in the past few years! If you are longing for some authority over cruising, you need this handbook. It is stocked with useful data and striking facts. The book covers critical topics in an accessible manner.
Key Selling Point: Calder has not missed out on any facts. The book covers volumes of data in style.
Another interesting book by Calder would be “Mechanical and Electrical Manual”. Most boat lovers have a copy of this book. As suggested by its name, it is a mechanical reference to many important facts. As you read the book, you will be absolutely grateful for what is discussed. When something fails in your boat, this is probably your first go-to-stop.
Remember, all boat components are likely to fail! The question is, when and how would they fail?
Book by Beth Leonard
The Voyager’s Handbook is something you will fall in love with. There are very few books like this one. The book has everything from meal plans to navigation to life during a storm.