Every Cruiser used to be a Dreamer.
He knew that the Life on the Sea could suit him. When he looked at the sea he could easily imagine himself sailing toward the horizon.
Then one day our Would-Be Cruiser decides to take a step forward and he needs some good reading. Something that would explain to him how, where and when to buy a boat. But mainly he needs someone that would demonstrate him that his dream really is possible (and not reserved only for the rich).
We used to be dreamers and we remember very well how lost we were in the ocean of available books.
We read most of them and we also ended up writing our book GET REAL, GET GONE.
You can find all about it here.
From the big pile of books on the subject of AFFORDABLE CRUISING we picked our three favourite ones.
This are the titles that we heartily recommend:
1) Our favorite cruising writer, Cap’n Fatty Goodlander, wrote an excellent book for dreamers who want to become full time sailors but have little money. The book is full of good ideas about how to find the best bargains, what to look for and how to support yourself on the water. Easy to read, funny and irreverent. It will make you laugh and save tons of money.
2) Lin and Larry Pardey are gods for many cruisers, including us. They are serious sailors with hundreds of thousands of miles behind them, they circumnavigated the world in both ways with an engineless boat and wrote many very good books. For someone that is thinking about buying a boat we recommend this bible which we both keep re-reading.
In this book Lin says “If there is something on your boat that you can’t fix, maybe it shouldn’t be there.” It reminds us that the joy of cruising is to keep it simple.
L&L can teach you how to afford “Champagne Cruising on a Beer Budget”.
3) This is the book that made Rick fall in love with the idea of cruising. When I moved aboard he gave it to me and it was love at the first sight. Annie Hill is always here, on our bookshelf, just in case we forget what the essence of the cruising life should be. In the appendix she collected a ton of information about how to keep fresh food on a boat without a fridge. Very valuable. And the short story at the end called The $200 Millionaire is a must read!
If you have any other good books on the subject you can recommend, please leave a comment and let us know the title. If you end up reading any of this books, I’d love to hear your impressions.
Fair winds to everyone!