Handbook of Offshore Cruising: The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Sailing

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9780924486357: Handbook of Offshore Cruising: The Dream and Reality of Modern Ocean Sailing

Every serious sailor dreams of the great adventure of offshore cruising. Jim Howard has been cruising the oceans of the world for many years, and he now has written the book that tells the reality of this dream. For easy reference, this important new handbook is divided into four parts: the boat, the systems and equipment, the voyage and in port. All the important topics for planning extensive offshore cruises are covered: building or buying a boat for offshore cruisign, size considerations, rig and hull design, cruising multihulls, construction materials, spars and rigging, deck layout and equipment, cockpit, below decks, engines, plumbing, electronics, sails, self steering systems, stowage, routine at sea, heavy weather sailing, navigation, safety, harbors and anchorages, security, maintenance, health and psychological aspects of sailing.

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About the Author:

Jim Howard, former research professor of marine geology, began sailing in 1973 in Savannah, Georgia. In 1985 he left the East Coast of the United States to begin a circumnavigation of the world. After some 50,000 miles under sail, he is still in the midst of his voyage, having visited Jamaica, Panama, the West Coast, Hawaii and numerous Pacific islands, as well as Japan, Korea and New Zealand. During his three-year layover in Japan he began writing monthly for two Japanese sailing magazines, Kazi and Cruising World Japan. He has also co-authored two books on cruising that have been translated into Japanese. He has written several articles for Cruising World on cruising in the Far East, particularly Japan, where the Pan-Pacific Yacht Race will take many sailors.

After wintering in Mexico and Central America, Jim Howard plans to return to the South Pacific aboard his Ohlson 38, Denali, and visit Pitcairn and Easter Island, two of the most fascinating destinations in any bluewater cruiser's imagination.

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...Howard is very good at compressing his data into concise, but lively and readable segments. Furthermore, his advice seems unusually well thought-out and non-dogmatic. In contrast to certain well-known curmudgeonly seafaring men, Howard doesn't seem to think that there are only two ways of doing anything: My Way and the Wrong Way....The book is beautifully organized, with excellent illustrations. -- MidGulf Sailing, November 1994

...stands out from the run-of-the-mill cruising books by reason of its rationality, robust common-sense and well thought out organisation. -- Lloyds List, February 1995

Accompanied by superb illustrations by Tadami Takahashi....it addresses an incredible number of the most important and basic issues and gives those new to sailing a wholesome overview of what is involved and how to proceed. It's certainly one of the most thorough primers to come along in quite some time. -- Cruising World, June 1995

For those who dream, as all serious sailors do, about stepping beyond the coast in their voyaging, a book which covers every detail--from idea to casting-off and beyond is a great place to start....This is not a beginning sailor's book or a travel book. It is a guide to the thousands of choices and compromises that must be considered and made in sailing beyond the coast. -- Journal of the American Sailing Association, Winter 1996

Good matter-of-fact advice from one who knows. -- Practical Sailor, December 1995

Here is a book from a prudent, experienced cruiser that is as solid and well found as a good cruising boat. -- Dockside, November 1996

Too often, lots of miles under a bluewater cruiser's keel can mean dogmatic beliefs and a narrow focus. Not so with author Jim Howard, who draws on 10 years and 50,000 miles of cruising experience to write the near-encyclopedic Handbook of Offshore Cruising....If you're dreaming of heading offshore or are already into your first few years of crossing oceans, The Handbook of Offshore Cruising is an invaluable resource. -- SAIL Magazine, July 1995

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