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Cruising Is Contagious by Charles E. Kanter (Photographer), et al
Reviewer: Maggie from Miami, Florida
Cruising is Contagious is a collection of essays, anecdotes, humorous vignettes and just plain good sailing sense that will inspire all, from the full time live aboard (and those aspiring to be) to the day sailor. The selection varies from straightforward tips on weathering a hurricane, in a first hand narration entitled, "How We Survived Hurricane Erin," to an insightful and informative travelogue on the Kanters' cruise to Cuba. All throughout the book are humorous stories of lessons learned from experiences such as having pets and plants on board, and more sober reflections on safety and prudence while sailing. It's a great book designed to get you into the spirit of cruising. I enjoyed reading about the cultural differences found in our neighboring Carribean countries, like Bahamas and Cuba. I also found useful Corinne's writings on the full time live aboard lifestyle, and her ideas on how to finance the cruising life. Even more valuable to me are Chuck and Corinne's common sense approach to sailing and safety, demonstrated in almost every story. Multihull sailors will also find useful Chuck's ideas on catamaran sailing, which includes good ideas on setting anchors. Chuck and Corinne's chatty conversational writing style further adds to the personality of this book, which reads as if you're just having coffee with them in the cockpit of their catamaran, La Forza.
Dragged Aboard: A Cruising Guide for the Reluctant Mate, by Don Casey, Don Almquist(illustrator)
Reviewer: Mark Mitchell from Lake Tahoe, Nevada
This is the third Don Casey book I've read and I like them all. Don has a easy going infomative style that doesn't come of as Mr. Know It All. His other books I've read were on maintenance related issues. This book is all about the emotions and realities of cruising. The chapter tiltes tell it all. "What is cruising really like?" "Confronting fears" "stocking the galley" etc. I have a hard time giving books five stars, but this is definitely a 4-1/2 star. It's only 170 some pages I'd like to see more. Would I buy again? Absolutely- If this title appeals to you the book will deliver. A two thumbs up!
Racing the Ice to Cape Horn by by Frank Guernsey, et al
Book Description
Frank Guernsey lived through this tale of his record setting nonstop journey, sailing single-handed from Southern California, around Cape Horn to Uruguay, in a twenty-four foot engineless sailboat. Cy Zoerner put this harrowing adventure into words as no other author could.
As Frank revealed the story to Cy he began to wonder, as would we all, what could drive a man to commit to an outrageously dangerous undertaking in such a small craft. After endless hours discussing life and love with Frank, Cy understood and a story, like no other, poured forth.
This will be the best sailing adventure you will ever read and quite possibly the best book you will read for years to come. The greatest fiction can not match the adventures and life of Frank Guernsey.

The Symmetry of Sailing: The Physics of Sailing for Yachtsmen by Ross Garrett, Dave Wilkie(Illustrator)
Reviewer: An Customer
While written some 12 years ago this book is as fresh as a daisy. Some of the topics are still breathtaking in their implications for the future of sailing such as sailing dead downwind faster than the wind.
Already practical yachts have sailed straight into the wind, and it just awaits the technology to acheive this down wind trick.
As well there are straight forward guides as to how to handle a yacht in the real world of racing, as well as sobering discussions on the effects of breaking seas.
All in all it has made me a far more aware sailor with the knowledge to plan for exciting sailing and future fun.

The Art and Science of Sails: A Guide to Modern Materials, Construction, Aerodynamics, Upkeep, and Use by Tom Whidden, Michael Levitt (Contributor)
Reviewer: A reader from East Coast USA
I am very impressed by the way the author has made a very complex subject understandable, enjoyable and relevant! The science behind it all is fluid dynamics...but to the reader this book is ALL about sailing.
The explanations of how each individual sail works are very clear. Even more vital is the knowledge of how the foresail and main interact, how that impacts on boat speed and performance and how you can use that to improve your sailing. The explanation of "the slot", how it works and why the "myths" are "myths" I found particularly revealing!
The other feature that appealed to me was the balance between the technicalities and other aspects. The practical assessment of different sail materials was great, and the history and anecdotes of how modern sail design grew up is absorbing.
It isn't for the total novice...but it will teach a great deal to anyone beyond that.
Alistair Gillanders MRIN (RYA Ocean Yachtmaster)

Seaworthiness: The Forgotten Factor by Czeslaw A. Marchaj
Reviewer: Phineas Sprague, Jr. from Cape Elizabeth, Maine
This book is an absolute must for anyone who loves boats more than they have good sense. If you are a cruiser or a racer or a bar stool sealawyer who has any experience at sea, reading this book will lead you step by step from prejudice and intuition into solid insights into the behavior and performance of the different hull shapes in the real world of "at sea" in difficult situations. There is no substitute for "the experience" except the experience to recognise and avoid the experience and this book is every bit as important in picking a boat for your use or applying good seamanship to a boat that is on the edge of it's design envelope. The book contains the fundimental information that should be in any serious sailor's kit. It reads easily and the insights emphasise the seaworthiness vs speed delemma in yacht design.

Cruising Fundamentals by Harry Munns, Hal Sutphen (Editor)
Reviewer: Conrad B. Senior from Easton, Conneticut
This is American Sailing Association textbook for more advanced sailing topics and the the second of a series. The major plus of this book is that it teaches you how to sail with all the information you need to learn in the proper order you should learn it.
There is an advantage in learning the material in a time tested manner. Every time an instructor like the author, Harry Munns, teaches a course it gets better. This book gets the benefit of his tried and true, tested methods of sailing instruction. It works well.
This book follows "Sailing Fundamentals : The Official Learn-To-Sail Manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary"
Get them both.
Each book follows the ASA Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat charter courses. Reading the books and then taking the courses will give you a jump start on your sailing skills. Most sailors have knowledge like swiss cheeze--with lots of holes. The books will give you knowledge like American Cheeze--no holes.
Buy both books--you won't regret it. Read them and then take the courses for maximum effectiveness. This is the path to skill, safety, and confidence on the water.

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 64th Edition : The Boating World's Most Respected Reference, Completely Updated & Revised with New Charts, Photographs & Illustrations: by Elbert Maloney
From Publishers Weekly This new edition of the classic reference used by boating schools and recommended by the Coast Guard Auxiliary covers every imaginable topic related to both powerboats and sailing ships, from emergency procedures and international signals at sea, to weather conditions, knots, navigation and much more. This heavy dose of information is presented in an easy-to-understand text and a user-friendly design that features sidebars, color and b&w illustrations, maps, etc. While the scope of the book may be more than a casual boater needs, the author assumes many readers are novices. For example, he says, "Among the most important of all piloting tools are ordinary pencils and erasers. Pencils should be neither too hard nor too soft ." More experienced sailors might know this, but a weekend boater may not think to bring one on board. The section on motors provides color photographs with labels designating each part. Appendix material includes a listing of such useful information as state registration offices, boating organizations and marine safety offices. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Chapman Piloting: Seamanship & Boat Handling (Chapman Piloting Seamanship and Boat Handling, 63rd Ed) by Elbert S. Maloney, Charles Frederic Chapman When Chapman Piloting lands on your doorstep--all 656 pages of it--it's easy to feel daunted. Have faith, sailor. Now in its 63rd edition, Charles Frederic Chapman's masterpiece is a boater's bible. Indeed, one customer raves, "if you could take a class called Boating 101, this would be the textbook." It's more than just a basic text, however; it's a complete curriculum of nautical knowledge, from knots to navigation, docking to distress calls, plus etiquette, protocol, and terminology for powerboaters and sailors alike. Accessible to the beginner, Chapman Piloting is an essential reference for even the most experienced sailor. A necessary component of any nautical library. Highly recommended. M. Stein
How to Read a Nautical Chart : A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts by Nigel Calder
The best handbook on chart usage, from one of the most trusted names in boating
In 2000, the U.S. government ceased publication of Chart No. 1, the invaluable little book that generations of mariners have consulted to make sense of the complex system of signs, symbols, and graphic elements used in nautical charts. Now Chart No. 1 is not just reborn but expanded and improved in How to Read a Nautical Chart. The demand for a book like this has never been greater.
Arranged and edited by Nigel Calder, one of today's most respected boating authors­­and containing four-color illustrations throughout­­How to Read a Nautical Chart presents a number of original features that help readers make optimum use of the data found in Chart No. 1, including a more intuitive format, crucial background information, international chart symbol equivalents, electronic chart symbology, and thorough explanations of the practical aspects of nautical chart reading.
Basic Coastal Navigation: An Introduction to Piloting by Frank J. Larkin
Reviewer: michael_michaud from Dulles, Virginia
This is a basic introductory textbook for readers who have no previous training in navigation or piloting. The explanations are simple and clear. The author provides questions and answers at the end of each chapter, plus exercises in such skills as plotting a course. Appendices describe detailed procedures and forms that facilitate a navigator's work. The book's large format makes it easy for the reader to follow both text and illustrations. This useful book could be used either for training oneself or as the text for an introductory class.
Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us: Finding Your Way By Eye and Electronics by Bill Brogdon
Reviewer: crbennett from Canada
I have read or skimmed dozens of works on navigation. I have also navigated a variety of small boats along the coasts of Nova Scotia. None of the other books provided the degree of realistic and practical advice that this one does. It takes a pragmatic view that the typical small boat operator will use visual navigation where possible, backed up by judicious use of GPS/Loran and/or radar. In my experience, this is the way that most of us navigate. The book provides lots of excellent tips based on the author's extensive experience in small boats, ships, and the coast guard. It also debunks common misconceptions about GPS and LORAN accuracy and clearly explains how to use these tools. One caveat is that the book is biased to North America. This makes it clearer for an audience on this continent, but not as useful below the equator or in Europe or Asia. All in all, if you buy one book to help you learn or improve your small boat navigation skills, this would be the one I recommend.

Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors by Nigel Calder
Reviewer: Ron Chappell from Colorado
Ordinarily,I would not get too excited about another new cruising book,even one by so eminent an author as Calder, whose previous work: Boatowner's Mechanical And Electrical Manual, has become an icon on both sides of the pond. While the cruising genre is a particular favorite of mine, recent offerings seem to have grown a bit redundant for those of us striving to keep abreast of the field.
This book of Calder's is a whole new ball game.
First of all: It's a very big book both physically, and in terms of it's diverse subject matter. At just under six hundred pages in an 8 x 11 inch format, it is not something I would refer to as a "handbook" unless speaking to a gorilla. The word "encyclopedic" springs to mind, as it is truly monumental in scope and execution...
McGraw-Hill did a commendable job of putting it all together. It looks like it might last, even in the marine environment where it will most assuredly find a home. It features a water resistant cover and flexible spine, designed to lie flat when opened, a wonderful feature on a pitching chart table, far at sea, where information is scarce and time of the essence.
It covers nearly everything. It covers it in exquisite detail. It covers it in a manner anyone can understand. There are chapters relating to most any conceivable contingency a cruiser might run in to, from boat selection, equipage, and maintenance, to the more esoteric areas of daily life on a cruising sailboat (and much more than I wanted to know about navigational history).
Calder remains the quintessential "systems" man and his section on surveying a prospective purchase, with it's attendant checklist, is, alone, worth the price of the book. The section on weather and prediction should be required reading for every television forecaster in the country. There are up to date chapters on shipboard health, and disease prevention criteria for every sector of the world. Nearly every page is clearly illustrated, and at the end of each technical chapter a "worksheet" so that you may evaluate your own vessel or system. Here is a man not afraid to infuse his material with the very latest in technological know how, even though it may at some point appear dated. For the mathematically inclined there are charts, graphs and formulas enough to satisfy the most gifted. And all this, is just the tip of the iceberg.
I have read this book cover to cover and word for word (it took a very long time). Is it the proverbial "One Book Cruising Library" - the definitive work on the subject?
I think it may well be.

The Voyager's Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising by Beth A. Leonard, George Day
Reviewer: the_edneys from Australia
I bought this book about 3 years ago as it was by far the most detailed and easily read book on the topic of blue water cruising. The book is filled with factual information as well as opinions based on the authors experiences. The first chapter covers the psychology profile of successful voyagers. This section is a must read for couples condsidering a live aboard lifesyle. The remainder of the book covers all the information required to live and travel safely on your sailboat. PS when you buy this book don't lend it to anyone it took me 6 months to get it back from a friend.

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat by Roger Marshall
Reviewer: Nicholas P. Provenzo from Alexandria, Virginia
Naval architect Roger Marshall provides a substantive guide for the cruising sailor who chooses his boats based on their suitability to his purposes. In plain language and with clear supporting diagrams, Marshall explains the fundamental principles of seaworthiness, the elements of good design, and the ever challenging balancing act between speed, comfort and cost.
I disagree with the reviews that say this book is only for cruising sailors with a large budget. I think this book is for sailors of any budget who take sailing seriously and who want to own boats that fit their exact needs. Considering how many boats are left to sit idle by their owners, it makes sense to realistically think though how one intends to use their boat and just what features are worth paying for. Frankly, most sailors will find they do not need the boat to end all boats if they only intend to putter close to shore on sunny weekends. At the same time, considering there is always the potential for a sailor to face the elements at their harshest, and considering some cruisers will want to push the envelope to its fullest, it makes sense to understand what exactly makes a sound, seaworthy boat and a worthwhile investment. I found that Marshall covers all these bases and more and I heartily recommend this book to readers.

World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell
Reviewer: tomandpatt from Greensboro, North Carolina
An absolute necessity for any small yacht going to sea. It is logically compiled and written. Jimmy Cornell has written a book that is exactly what every sailor needs...guidance in getting from port a to port b efficiently, safely, and with the best possible winds and weather.

The Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager by Jim Trefethen
Reviewer: A reader from Seattle, Washington
My wife and I recently began seriously considering cruising as a way to depart from the 9-5 working world, before we were too old to enjoy it. In addition to doing a lot of sailing since these societally mutinous thoughts have entered our heads, we've read a lot of books on cruising.
If you want a comprehensive reference book on all things sailing, get The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. If you want drama and a lesson in the harshest of realities, read The Perfect Storm and pray you can avoid that kind of experience at all costs.
The Cruising Life is a practical, tasteful overview of how to start cruising, and my opinion is that this appears to be a reasonable approach to the pursuit of happiness in warmer (or colder) climes on a sailboat. Sometimes I wanted a lot more information than I got here, but that wasn't the point...
The author offers frank, balanced treatment of all topics - and admits his opinions are his. For example, he offers a great account of what passes for a bluewater capable cruising boat (smaller may be better than larger, and older, well-used boats are best).
My thanks to Mr. Trefethan for fanning the flames of our cruising ambitions.

All About Cruising: Prepare Yourself - Equip Your Boat - Plan Your Escape - Live Your Dream by Walt Gleckler, Walter E. Gleckler, Sean J. Cahill (Illustrator)
Reviewer: Magan E Lewis from Los Alamitos, California
Very practical and written in an easy-to-read style. We've done local cruising, but I wasn't sure what I should be concerned about for our upcoming cruise to the Caribbean in '01 or '02. I now know what classes I personally need to attend, that my time at the gym is a good investment in my safety, I don't need to know how to tie every blasted knot known to mankind, windvanes are worth looking at, what goodies to put on my Christmas and birthday list(!),what to bring for sail repair, medicine, etc. Since I'm usually in charge of food for short cruises, Anna Gleckler's notes on preserving cheese, bread, juice and eggs without refrigeration AND making jerky and corning beef were, well, things my mother didn't teach me and I probably wouldn't have thought to ever ask her! I just feel more at ease and I anticipate that in the next year or so that I will be better prepared if I act on the advice in this book. I plan to re-read it every six months or so to make sure I'm working on those things (health, reading, education) to make our trip the best it can be.

All in the Same Boat: Family Living Aboard and Cruising by Tom Neale
Reviewer: R. Kathleen Robel from Berkeley, California
This book contains an incredible range of useful information for those who are considering living aboard. From the cruising "mindset" to types of galleys to what kind of head you'll want, Neale brings experience and a clear, accessable writing style to a great number of issues. Much of the information here is also very useful to weekend or short-vacation sailors (how to choose a boat, anchoring, and energy concerns, for example). Even for those of us not yet ready to sell the house and sail away for good, this is a terrific resource and an enjoyable read.

Changing Course: A Woman's Guide to Choosing the Cruising Life by Debra Ann Cantrell
Reviewer: Nancy Birnbaum from Miami Beach, Florida
As a female cruiser and sailing gal, I found "Changing Course" a useful guide. Although I seem to be in the minority, (I sought out the cruising partner,) rather than the usual - mate of the cruiser "going along for the ride," I learned some valuable lessons in Debra Ann Cantrell's book. I actually read it already a year into my first voyage. Yet, the chapters on managing fear and interpersonal dynamics were especially useful. You can't take enough skills along with you. The chapter on ways to make cruising more rewarding also proved to be fun! I was excited to see just how many I had already accomplished. I'm now working on # 48, and of course, #23 is underway again! Debra, thanks for writing a useful guide for women!

Gently With the Tides: The Best of Living Aboard by Michael L. Frankel (Editor)
Reviewer: James Carter from Castro Valley, California
If you are curious about what life aboard may be like, or simply want to live that life from your armchair, pick up this book. It covers everything by relaying stories of normal people who live aboard and have experienced it firsthand.
I had been trying to convince my wife to live aboard for years, but had no way to really show her what it was like until I found this book. I am not saying you will achieve similar results, but she agreed to move aboard shortly after reading the book. We ended up living on an 80 foot motorsailer that was a floating Club Med, but I figured it was at least one step in the right direction.
The book covers everything from the boat, relationships aboard, the lifestyles and even the rights and laws surrounding living aboard, which is more like a three-ring circus with monkeys running the show, at least here in SF.
I highly recommend picking this book up. It is relatively cheap and is a great and comforting read.

The Liveaboard Report: A Boat Dweller's Guide to What Works and What Doesn't by Charlie Wing
Reviewer: Nicholas P. Provenzo from Alexandria, Virginia
This book has an interesting premise: instead of relying solely on the author's experience as to what works and what doesn?t, the author instead puts the question to over seventy live-aboards. The result is a book of smart questions and interesting answers complete with both statistical breakdowns and useful anecdotes.
If you are contemplating the live-aboard life-style, this book will give you a firm idea what to expect.

The Cruising Woman's Advisor: How to Prepare for the Voyaging Life by Diana B. Jessie
Reviewer: A reader from Massachusetts
I borrowed this book from a friend, and while it was interesting, I certainly wouldn't want to keep it around for a reference. My main objection to this book is that it really only adresses the experience of women who go cruising with a husband or boyfriend, and where he is the main motivator, captain, etc. I would have also liked to see some discussion of the experiences of women cruising alone or with other women - I know there are some. A lot of the content of the book was very simple, common-sense advice. Maybe it is most useful as a pointer to other resources.

The Best Tips from Women Aboard by Maria Russel (Editor), Editor Maria Russel
Reviewer: Maria Russell from North Palm Beach, Florida
This book is a must-have for anyone who is contemplating spending any time on a boat, either on their own or someone else's.
Loaded with "tried-and-true" tips on organizing, storage, provisioning; bringing along guests, kids, or pets; cruising; maintaintence; and so much more, The Best Tips from Women Aboard is a book that will be referred to time and time again.
A compilation of more than six years of the monthly 'Tips from Women Aboard' column of the publication WOMEN ABOARD newsletter, these tips will make your time aboard easier, more comfortable, and fun! Although written with BOATS in mind, "The Best Tips from Women Aboard" provides worthwhile suggestions and information for anyone considering simplifying their lifestyle, downsizing, land-cruising in an RV, camping, etc.

"Honey, Let's Get a Boat...": A Cruising Adventure of America's Great Loop by Ron Stob, Eva I. Stob, Ronald W. Stob
Reviewer: ewhiteh from Santa Clara, California
I have a nautical library of over 450 books dealing with all aspects of boating. This is one of my favorites. If you want technical, try Chapman's, If you want to capture the "why" we go boating, get this book.
I have been a sailor all my life, well, except for the Navy, which was powerboating, so to speak. Anyway, I had not heard of the "Great Loop" until I read this book. Now my wife and I will be buying a power catamaran in January of 2004 and starting our own great loop trip. Thank you Ron and Eva Stob. How many books have you read that spur you to spend a small fortune, risk becoming a boat bum, just so you can enjoy the experiences of the author? A precious few I suspect.
It's nice to see so many other people have read and enjoyed this book and I hope you'll be the next one because that way, I'll see you out on the loop along with us.
"Honey, Let's Get A Boat" is fun, it's practical, and it's humorous: what more could you want? A great read!

The Intracoastal Waterway: A Cockpit Cruising Handbook by Jan Moeller, Bill Moeller, Bill Moeller (Contributor)
Reviewer: Stephen Watterson from Bay Village, Ohio
When Margaret and I took our trip from Cleveland, Ohio to the Florida Keys and back we took and used a large collection of charts and guides, including this book. Of all the resources we had available on board, this book was the one we used constantly. It is arranged mile-by-mile as you proceed down or up the Waterway and tells you what to expect as you go. It is an excellent planning tool. We wouldn't do the Waterway without it!

The Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook: Norfolk, Virginia, to Miami, Florida, 2/e by Leslie Kettlewell (Editor), John J. Kettlewell (Editor)
Reviewer: from Orlando, Florida
Very usable in it's small page spiral format. Flipping pages as one cruises north or south is easy, and takes very little space at the helm. The annotations indicating marina locations save looking in separate guides when a stopping point is desired. Some obvious side trips (e.g. Banana River) are omitted and would have helped increase usefulness if included.

Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-To for Survival in Extreme Conditions by Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey
Reviewer: Bruce Boatner from Murrieta, California
This book is essentially about one thing: how to create the "Von Karmon Vortex Street". What the authors have done is taken a scientific approach to storm-survival and have gathered evidence both ancient and modern to support their thesis.
It turns out that a sailboat's anatomy - high wind exposure even running bare poles and a deep keel - can be used to defeat the underwater component of a breaking sea, rendering it harmless foam. The key, of course, is knowing how to stabilize the yacht in relationship to wind and water.
Using various sail configurations and/or anchor chutes and by simple tests like dropping bits of paper into the water, the boat may be kept within the confines of its own self-created safe haven.
This is not a "best-kept secret", but rather something that has been discovered and rediscovered in a fairly random and haphazard manner over time. Most sailors can't confidently say why certain storm strategies worked in some cases and others didn't. The authors have not taken lightly the presentation of this material to the boating public. We are all indebted to their work and insight.

Heavy Weather Sailing, 30th Anniversary Edition by K. Adlar Coles, Peter Bruce (Editor)
Reviewer: A reader from UK
No-one who takes responsibility for others at sea should be without the life-saving knowledge in this important book. It is a 'distance-learning masterclass'of wild-water seamanship, bang up-to-date, and filled with hard-won experience of what works and what doesn't when the chips are down. I would not want to be at sea in a rising gale without the 'know-how' I've learned from 'Heavy Weather Sailing'. I echo Pete Goss's endorsement - "If you buy no other book for your voyage, buy this one."

Boating 101: Essential Lessons for Boaters by Roger Siminoff
Reviewer: Fred Rosenthal from New York
I took my wife and kids to Tortola this past winter, and bareboat charted a sail boat. I had read through many books on boating, but this one was by far the best. It gave me all the knowledge to enjoy my boating experience without getting into the usual trouble a amatuer would find themselves in. I would recommend this book to anyone, definatley worth the price

Sailing in Heavy Weather , DVD
Go offshore aboard a 40ft. sailboat for an exciting look at heavy weather sailing techniques and tactics. Join Warren Luhrs, Steve Dashew, John Neal and other top sailors as they cover steering in large seas, heavy air sail trim, heavy weather sailing techniques and tactics, personal protection and storm tactics.
U.S. Sailing Association.
"This is the best program we've seen." - U.S. Sailing Association.

Annapolis:Heavy Weather Sailing, DVD
Featuring world renonwned sailing expert John Rousmaniere. In this program, John Rousmaniere, sailing aboard a Hinckley Sou'wester sloop in the Caribbean shows the modern techniques and equipment for mastering tough conditions so that the experience becomes more enjoyable and less fearful. Maneuvers are demonstrated with detailed close-ups and animated graphics. Subjects covered include boat and crew preparation, how to avoid falling overboard, storm tactics, heaving to and drogue deployment, trimming and shortening sails in fresh, strong and gale winds. Plus exciting footage from the Whitbread Round the World Race.

Annapolis:Cruising Under Sail, DVD
Featuring world renonwned sailing expert John Rousmaniere. This is the most complete and detailed instructional DVD ever made about sailing, from the first moment you first climb aboard, to dropping anchor. While this program deals with a voyage made under sail, many of the techniques demonstrated apply equally to power boaters, to whom seamanship and navigation skills are as important as to the sailor. Every maneuver and technique is demonstrated clearly with plenty of close ups and action replays. Subjects covered include, basic navigation and planning a cruise, sail handling and sail trim, anchoring and docking, steering and boat handling, safety at sea, what to wear, moving around on deck, knots and rop work and much more.

Cruising America's Waterways: The Florida Keys, DVDAlso available in VHS
Join the crew from the award-winning Cruising America's Waterways series for an offshore adventure, cruising from cosmopolitan Miami to laid-back Key West, Florida. After visiting Miami and enjoying an exciting air-boat ride, our 33-foot boat heads out of Key Biscayne Harbor to explore the beautiful Keys. Stops include Key Largo, for snorkeling and a look at the famed African Queen; Islamorada, to swim with the dolphins and go deep-sea charter fishing; Marathon, with its unique Turtle Hospital; and Key West, southernmost city in the continental U.S., where we visit a restored lighthouse, Shipwreck Historeum, Key Lime Pie bakery, and Mallory Square's sunset entertainment. A ferry ride to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson rounds out this trip through the spectacular "American Caribbean."

Cruising America's Waterways: Big Ships - Cruising On A Grand Scale (Canada/New England), DVDAlso available in VHS
The award-winning Cruising America's Waterways takes you behind-the-scenes on a luxury liner as we travel the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic Ocean enroute from Quebec to New York City. You'll meet the ship's captain, tour the engine room, and visit the gallery where thousands of meals are prepared daily. Our itinerary includes stops at N. America's only walled city, Quebec; Nova Scotia's beautiful Cape Breton Island and Halifax, where you'll learn about the city's Titanic connection; Bar Harbor, Maine and its spectacular Acadia National Park; Boston and its unique "duck" tours; and Newport, the gilded-age playground of the rich...before docking in New York Harbor.

Cruising America's Waterways: Seattle & the San Juan Islands, DVDAlso available in VHS
The award-winning Cruising America's Waterways series heads to Seattle and the San Juan Islands Region of Washington State for an adventure aboard a 54-foot trawler. We join Capt. Dave and Crewmember-in-training, Mark, as they explore the challenges of a ten-day cruise, including everything from meal preparation to navigation. In Seattle, we watch a "boat parade", enjoy a traditionally prepared Pacific salmon dinner at Tillicum Village and visit the Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Center and Polar Sea icebreaker. We pass through Ballard Locks enroute to the beautiful San Juan Islands, including stops at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. We also visit the spectacular Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C., LaConner's historic waterfront, and the picturesque Port Townsend.

Cruising America's Waterways: Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal, DVD.Also available in VHS
Cruise the historic Champlain Canal and explore Lake Champlain, the "Sixth Great Lake," with the crew of Cruising America's Waterways. Starting in Albany, New York, we travel north to Rouse's Point and the Canadian border. Along the way we tour Vermont's famed Shelburne Museum; visit the Saratoga Battlefield and Fort Ticonderoga; explore Burlington's exciting waterfront; keep an eye out for the legendary sea monster, Champ, while charter fishing; and much more

Cruising America's Waterways: 1000 Islands - U.S. & Canadian Ports, DVDAlso available in VHS
Description Join the crew from Cruising America's Waterways for this fun-filled trip around the 1000 Islands Region. The route follows the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, visiting ports in the United States and Canada. Included are: Oswego, Sackets Harbor, and Wolfe Island; marinas and museums; a traditional shore dinner; Clayton's Antique Boat Museum; Boldt Castle; Alexandria Bay; the Rideau Locks; Gananoque, Kingston, and Brockville; parks and forts; customs procedures; and much more.

Cruising America's Waterways: Small Ship Cruising - New England Island, DVDAlso available in VHS
In this adventure we cruise on a small ship (carries just 84 passengers and 17 crew) to some of New England's most beautiful island ports. Cuttyhunk, with just a quarter-mile of paved roads, offers a glimpse of the natural beauty of these North Atlantic islands. We explore Martha's Vineyard, from the famous Black Dog Tavern to the historic Flying Horses Carousel at Oak Bluffs. We tender into Nantucket, with its cobblestone streets and rich whaling history, to learn how the Nantucket Basket came into being. Block Island's Old Harbor is the gateway to the Great Salt Pond, lighthouses, and spectacular Victorian hotels. We dock at Fort Adams in Newport for a front row look at 4th of July fireworks. We also tour Marble House, one of Newport's famed Gilded Age cottages, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. There are ocean views, music, and an exploration of the ship, from the bridge to the galley.

Cruising America's Waterways: New York State's Finger Lakes, DVDAlso available in VHS
Description Cruising America's Waterways journeys through New York State's Finger Lakes Region. Lakes, gorges, sweeping valleys, and waterfalls carved by Ice Age glaciers provide spectacular views. Traveling aboard a 32-foot cruiser we dock at one of the region's many world-class wineries; visit the birthplace of women's rights in Seneca Falls; and stop at picturesque parks, inns, and restaurants. We learn about the decorative arts and salt production during tours of MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd. and US salt. We see Glenn Curtiss' Flying boat fly; get behind-the wheel of high performance race karts at Watkins Glen; and learn how to make a grape pie. At Cornell University we get tips on traveling with pets at the College of Veterinary Medicine and cook with students from the Hotel Administration School. You'll see why this are is one of America's top-30 vacation destinations!

Cruising America's Waterways: The Concert at Sackets Harbor, DVDAlso available in VHS
Description The award-winning Cruising America's Waterways series explores travel-by-boat. The series is hosted by legendary singer-songwriter, Jonathan Edwards, who performed this concert in the historic community of Sackets Harbor, New York, located in the heart of the beautiful 1000 Islands region.

Cruising America's Waterways: The Erie Canal (Albany to Buffalo)
Reviewer: A viewer from Manlius, NY United States The picture quality and audio on this DVD is excellent, clearly from a digital original. It's great to see what the Erie Canal has to offer today for people who travel by hire boat, in their own boat, or on a cruise vessel. The towns along the route are charming, and the brief history makes one appreciate what a special waterway this is for all Americans. This is definitely the best video presentation I've seen dealing with the Canal System

Cruising America's Waterways: The Mississippi River: Memphis to New Orleans, DVD
Cruising America's Waterways boards the Mississippi Queen, a classic paddlewheeler, for a seven-day cruise on the Mississippi River. From the steam engine to the steam-powered calliope, this vessel recalls the Victorian Era's luxury travel by boat. Along the way we visit the National Civil Rights Museum; Elvis' Graceland (Memphis); the National Military Park; the Army Corps. of Engineers (Vicksburg); antebellus homes; and a working cotton plantation (Natchez). There's the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola; the beautiful gardens of Rosedown (St. Francisville); Louisiana's Art Deco state capital; Cajun cooking; a swamp tour (Baton Rouge); and stops at Oak Alley and Laura Plantations (Vacherie). While in New Orleans we visit the port facilities, Lake Pontchartrain, and the Cabildo. Of course, no trip to New Orleans is complete without sampling the food and music of the famed French quarter.

Cruising America's Waterways: The Intracoastal Waterway: Charleston to Jacksonville, DVD
Cruising America's Waterways' early spring voyage on a 100-passenger ship, the Nantucket Clipper, along a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), features Charleston's stellar architecture and attractions including Fort Sumter and the South Carolina Aquarium; a look at the second-oldest city in South Carolina, Beaufort; and Georgia's "First City" - Savannah. Departing the dock at Brunswick, Georgia there's time to explore Jekyll Island and nearby St. Simons Island. St. Mary's, Georgia is our charming port for a tendered visit to Cumberland Island, the largest of the State's Barrier Islands. The ship docks at Jacksonville, Florida, where we visit The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, head for kayaking on Amelia Island, and tour the birthplace of the American Red Cross lifesaving program.

Offshore Cruising Guide, DVD
At one time or another, every boater usually entertains the idea of sailing off into the sunset, away from boss, bills, troubles and everything else that there is to get away from. But very few actually get to do that. In this program, you will get to meet several sailors who have actually done it. One of them (Dan Byrne) completed the BOC single-handed around-the-world race, while others shown have just gone to sea and done mere ocean crossings. Added to the experiences and horror stories they relate, there are demonstrations of many items like Exposure Suits, Solar Stills, Desalinator, Provisioning, Spare Parts, Medical Kit, Life Rafts, Harnesses, Jack Lines and much more. After watching this program, you’ll have a much better idea of what it takes to prepare for a cruise – whether it be just for a week-end, or around the world. Getting you, your crew and your vessel ready to go offshore may be the most important task you ever take on, because your life may depend on how well you do it.

Handling and Anchoring Your Boat, DVD
For single and twin screw power or sail. This instructional training program covers all aspects of boat handling, docklines, docking and undocking, effect of wind and currents, steering and maneuvering with no engine. The anchoring section covers the types of anchors, how to select them, chain and line rode, selecting an anchorage, setting the anchor, dragging surge, retrieval and stowing.

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