My favorite boat building & sailing adventure books


I love sailing, have been doing it all my life, and have read a bunch of books on the subject. Below are some of my favorites.

Boat Building Books

Books With Boat Plans

Sail Making & Technical Sail Design

Sailboat Racing

Beach Cruising In Small Sailboats

Cruising In Small Sailboats

Epic Voyages in Small Boats

Navigating & rules of the road

Kids Sailboat Books
(bed time story type reading)



When researching a subject, I am always very sceptical about the source of the information, especially when I read something in a discussion forum. Too often I have posted a question, got an answer from someone who sounded very confident, and then later found out they had no idea what the heck they were talking about, and infact have no real world experience in the subject matter being discussed. I know it is very contemporary to start research in discussion forums, but for the people that hand out information at forums, there isn't much of a penalty for giving out bad information because whatever they say today is quickly buried by next week's posts, and often muddied by all the "other" types of people posting irrelevant information. Next week those same experts are now handing out different opinions depending on the mood in the forum that week.

Authors who publish books are in a completely different game. It takes a long time to create a book, they are expensive to have made, and when finished the author's words & views are rather permanent & exposed for the rest of time. The result of these dynamics tend to cause information presented in printed books to be a lot higher quality, more reliable and useful. Plus the extra benefit that books usually cover a wide span of the topic & include an introduction which reveals & explains hidden aspects of the topic.

Another great thing I like about books is the ergonomics. Every time I leave the house with my laptop, I am constantly keeping an eye on it, worried I might break it, then there is the issue of if I am going to have enough battery time. On the other hand, an old fashioned printed book is so durable. I can take them everywhere with me, leave them in the car (in the sun) and not have to worry. Of the hundreds of books I have accidentally dropped, not once did I cringe. I know... I am a dinosaur... but it does have it's benefits.