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The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising,9780070381438

The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1/1/1998
Publisher(s): International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Availability: This title is currently not available.


Here's how to see the world from your boat. More and more people are taking off on their cruising boats for a few months or even a year. After they've tasted the cruising life, prepared and equipped their boats, and developed some experience, many cruisers begin to dream of voyaging farther--maybe even an around-the-world voyage.

"The Voyager's Handbook offers specific information for cruisers considering such a vast undertaking. An experienced circumnavigator, author Beth Leonard shows cruisers how to prepare their boat and themselves. She offers complete, up-to-date information on the latest gear and techniques and detaile, hard-earned advice from dozens of experienced sailors, about boats, crew, and costs as well as crucial but easily overlooked aspects of long-distance passagemaking such as health, safety, weather, provisions, fresh water, and foreign port protocol.

With a balanced, down-to-earth approach, "The Voyager's Handbook tells it like it is, for any cruiser considering that voyage of a lifetime.

Author Biography

Aboard their 37-foot ketch Silk, Beth Leonard and her partner Evans Starzinger successfully completed a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the world in June 1995. Prior to their sailing career, they were international management consultants. Beth holds an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon. Since discovering the joys and challenges of offshore voyaging, she has published several articles in SAIL magazine, Cruising World, Sailing, and Yachting World. She has also participated in many popular panels, forums, and seminars within the international sailing community

Table of Contents

Foreword by George Day



Part I: The Essential Ingredients

Chapter 1. Committed Crew

Chapter 2. Bluewater-Capable Yacht

Chapter 3. Financing the Dream: The Bottom Line

Part II: Equipping the Yacht for Bluewater Voyaging

Chapter 4. Sails and Sail Handling

Chapter 5. Ground Tackle and Anchoring Arrangements

Chapter 6. Other Essentials: Self-Steering and Dinghies

Chapter 7. Additional Equipment: Convenience Versus Complexity

Chapter 8. Moving Aboard

Part III: Liveaboard Skills

Chapter 9. Better Boatkeeping

Chapter 10. Galleywise

Chapter 11. Water, Water, Everywhere

Chapter 12. Nor Any Drop to Drink

Chapter 13. Staying Healthy: Being Your Own Doctor

Chapter 14. Staying Challenged: Following Your Heart

Chapter 15. Staying Safe: Our Lessons Learned

Part IV: Shorthanded Passagemaking Skills

Chapter 16. Weather Wisdom

Chapter 17. Preparing for Passage

Chapter 18. Basic Passage Routines

Chapter 19. Toward Seamanship

Part V: Foreign Savvy

Chapter 20. Dealing with Bureaucracy

Chapter 21. Getting Your Bearings

Chapter 22. Enjoying Being There

Chapter 23. Keeping the Faith


Appendix 1. Galley Substitutes and Equivalents

Appendix 2. Offshore Medical Kit


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