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What's in your library?

by Auspicious » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:27 am

This topic has come up before but it has been quite a while. SSCA is collecting lists of the books you find most useful (and frankly those least useful). For those who are out cruising and had to make painful choices of what to take and what to leave what made it onto the boat?

Sailing resources, dreaming books, basically keepers. If you use an e-reader what do you have and what do you want that you can't get?

Today is boat-cleaning day for me, so I'll write down what I have and post that later in the day.

Thanks for your support,

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Re: What's in your library?

by sailandoar » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:51 am

Nigel Calder
David Burch
Beth Leonard
Claude Worth
N. Bowditch
David Gerr
Steve Dashew
Hal Roth
L&L Pardey
John Letcher
Tom Cunlief
John Vigor
Bob Griffith
Brent Swain
Jay Fitzgerald
C.A. Marchaj
B. Moitessier
Phil Bolger
Alan Villers
R.T. McMullen
E&S Hiscock
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Re: What's in your library?

by Jronicaing » Sat May 26, 2012 2:45 am

Jay Fitzgerald
Steve Dashew
Hal Roth
L&L Pardey
John Vigor
Bob Griffith
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Re: What's in your library?

by Zanshin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:32 am

I put the list of books that I have on board (with pictures of the frontispieces) with a short description

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Re: What's in your library?

by ajchan » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:46 am

SSB Radio for Idi-yachts - Captain Marti Brown
West System Users Guide
An Embarassment of Mangos - Ann Vanderhoof
The old man and the sea - Ernest Hemingway


And many of the other titles all already mentioned. I'm particularly impressed by Zanshin's list! Truly a marvel of organization.

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Re: What's in your library?

by Delezynski » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:28 pm

Dave,

As long as you brought up e-readers, some time ago I bought a CD of copyright free e-books. I downloaded a free program called Calibre and used it to convert the text into ePub format for our e-readers.

We now carry over 1,500 ebooks (all on one CD) aboard. There are NOT primary reading books, but when we just don't feel like reading any of the paperbacks, or have gone through the supply aboard, we ALWAYS have something to read.

You would be surprised how enjoyable some of the old classics can be! :o

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Re: What's in your library?

by Zanshin » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:12 am

I use Calibre as well and an e-book reader. While I love real books they take up a lot of weight and volume and I'm going to get rid of my non-reference books aboard and replace them with the e-reader. Since PDF format are also supported, I can get things like the list of lights, the big celestial navigation tables and other stuff on a small disk.

I do have the Britannica Great Books aboard and have a 10-year reading plan and will keep those, particularly as they look nice as well. But despite being a pack-rat with regards to books I am now a convert to e-books.
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Re: What's in your library?

by markcarballo990 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:28 pm

I'm new to cruising and flying..
I just started to train and had some adventures just last summer.
By the way, thanks for posting those ones. At least I'll have some list to look for next time I go shopping with the others.
As for now, only this books looks good for me; "learn to fly"(i don't know who's the author, just found it in the net)
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Re: What's in your library?

by mattressstx » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:33 am

Frankly speaking list of books that seems useful and worthless are depends on the choice of individuals. It may happen that the boo seems interesting to one may looks waste to other.
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Re: What's in your library?

by Scott Berg » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:19 am

As we "pare down" an prepare for our next cruise I've been boxing up books that were stacked up about the boat. Most were cookbooks (huge range, from CIA's Professional Chef to the South Beach Diet, for whatever that tells you about this ex chef), quite a bit of fiction from Dante to Harry Potter, and a LOT of books on boating. What I'm leaving on board?

Calder's Electrical and Mechanical Manual (v3)
Dashew's Cruising Encyclopedia
Duttons Piloting and Chapmans (latest)
Bowditch (but may switch to the CD version if room is an issue, which it always seems to be)
Bergin's A Star to Steer her By, my favorite teaching tool for crew learning navigation
Gerr's Boat Mechanical Systems Handbook and Propeller Handbook
Toss's The Riggers Locker and The Riggers Apprentice
Cornell's World Cruising Routes
Seifert's Offshore Sailing Strongly recommended if you don't have it
Garrett Smith's The Arts of a Sailor and The Marlinspike Sailor

for starters. These are my references.

We also have language books, site reduction tables, pilot books, cruising guides, shore guides for anticipated cruises, etc. As time goes on many of these, along with our 9 binders of manuals for the boat and her systems, are being converted to PDF files and stored on our laptop and an Ipad as well as backed up to DVD's as well as the "cloud" for recovery when (not if) we experience an electrical failure.

My guess is that every year we'll have more reading material and fewer boats on the boat given how much material is finding itself into electronic format in one form or another.
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Re: What's in your library?

by mickle clarck » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:06 pm

I have a little collection and it's growing more.
Phil Bolger
Bob Griffith
Steve Dashew
Beth Leonard
Phil Bolger
John Vigor
Bob Griffith
You can win
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Re: What's in your library?

by SailRN » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:05 pm

I appreciate the lists you have shared. I saw one with a book on knots, so thought I'd share this:

http://www.animatedknots.com a mobile version is available. Lists the ABOK references too.
Fair winds,

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Re: What's in your library?

by SaltShaker » Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:01 am

Nigel Caulder--"Cruising Handbook" and "Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Manual" are must haves. A wealth of info.

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