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Alternative Energy For Voyaging

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Solar, wind and hydro generation, it’s all here—real practical advice from an experienced voyager who has walked the walk, not just talked the talk.

Anchoring Made Easy—Gear

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Information you need to put together a bullet-poof anchoring system—solid gear recommendations that have been tested in the real world.

Anchoring Made Easy—Technique

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There are few activities in the voyaging life that cause more anxiety and stress than anchoring, so here are the techniques you need to get anchored and stay anchored every time.

Battery Installation & Maintenance

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A complete, but simple, protocol to get the very best life out of batteries—real information that works based on 25 years of live-aboard experience.

Better Offshore Motorboats

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Most sailors have thought about transitioning to a power boat, even if only as a way to stay on the water as we age. Here are the issues and options for a sailor’s power boat.

Boat Design & Selection—Ovni 435

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A sailor with decades of experience as a research boat skipper in demanding conditions builds his dream voyaging boat—we can all learn a lot.

Carbon Fibre Mast

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Considering buying a boat with a carbon fibre mast or replacing your existing aluminum mast with carbon? The benefits and drawbacks of carbon fibre for voyaging boat masts.

Coming Alongside (Docking) Made Easy

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Online Book on docking (coming alongside) that will truly take the drama out of this every day activity for cruisers both power and sail.

Cruising Notes—Canada's East Coast

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There are literally thousands of snug harbours on the east coast of Canada—these cruising notes, collected over twenty-five years sailing this coast, will make planning your voyage easier.

Dealing With Seasickness

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Seasickness is the great spoiler of offshore voyaging—tips and wisdom for fighting off the dreaded mal-de-mer and what to do once it strikes.

Engines For Cruising Boats

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An analysis of what makes an ideal cruising boat engine, together with a step-by-step account of a highly successful repower.

Getting Along With Your Crew

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If you can’t get along with your crew, your cruise will not be a success. Chock full of practical tips on crew management.

Getting Out There Cruising

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John, Phyllis, Christopher and Colin write about what you need to do to get out cruising and have fun when you do.

Heavy Weather Tactics

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The options for storm survival from heaving-to to drogue deployment with a step-by-step guide to putting together an easy to deploy and retrieve system.

How To Buy a Cruising Boat

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The critical issues that you need to understand before you buy a cruising boat. Time-tested tips to help you determine what really matters.

Lessons from Losses at Sea

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A look at the loss of several yachts and what we can learn from each—reading this book could save your boat…and maybe your life.

Living The Dream

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Do you dream of sailing in turquoise waters? Join “Pélerin” on a voyage in the Caribbean. Colin weaves a travel tale like only he can.

Maintaining a Cruising Boat

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Often what will really govern how much fun and how safe your cruise will be is how good you are at maintaining your boat.

Medical Emergencies

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How to prepare for every voyaging sailor’s worst nightmare—a medical emergency at sea. Medical kits, emergency medical training, it’s all here.

Navigation and Marine Electronics

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The fruits of a combined century of navigation, much of it before electronic gadgets, and then we relate that experience to modern electronic navigation.

Offshore Sailboat Design

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Knowing the difference between a boat that will work inshore and one that can go to sea could save you from making a terrible and expensive boat-buying mistake.

Person Overboard Prevention

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If you fall overboard from a short-handed boat, you are probably not going to be rescued. Tips and procedures that will help keep you and your loved ones on the boat.

Photography For Cruisers

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Telling the story of your voyage in photographs. Techniques and gear tips that will make you a better photographer.

Sail Handling Made Easy

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Setting, reefing and striking sails and doing it in challenging conditions—tips, techniques, gear, sail selection.

Seamanship

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We all aspire to be good seamen. This book will point you in the right direction.

Transatlantic On "Pèlerin"

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A different and much more interesting transatlantic than the classic milk run, with valuable voyage planning and execution information.

Voyaging Boats from Boréal

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In the market for a boat to take you to out-of-the-way places in safety? Even if you don’t buy a Boréal, you will learn a huge amount about what makes a good expedition boat.

Watertight Integrity

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There is nothing more important to an offshore boat than keeping the water out. Here are real practical tips.

Weather Reception and Analysis

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Step-by-step methods to receive weather information while offshore and in remote places.

Z-Adventure 40

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A real voyaging sailboat that will be ready to take you around the world in safety and comfort for US$200,000.