|While we wait to hear about the books you can
recommend to other readers, we share a reviews of a few titles we happen to have around the
boat with you...
Mooring Techniques Illustrated by Alain Grée
- ISBN 022911703
This 1985 edition of Alain Grée's
superb book, translated by Mark Brackenbury, was published by Granada in
Adlard Coles Ltd. The book is packed with information, ideas, witty
asides, lovely old prints, scientific comparisons and common sense.
had occasion recently to try the technique of attaching two anchors to
the same chain, one coming off the bow first and dragging the other
behind it, since both our main anchors had been lost and neither of the
secondary anchors was meaty enough to trust.
This arrangement held us
firm through several hairy situations, including gusts up to 50 knots in
the Lagoon in Sint Maarten, in July, not the best holding ground at any
time. There was a Danforth anchor first and a CQR following it. The
captain said that, given the famous propensity of French cruisers to
turn up, dump the hook and all the chain on top of it, leap into the
dinghy and disappear ashore, it tickles him that some of the best
anchoring advice he has seen comes from a Frenchman!
And before you
leap up screeching racism - some of our best friends are French and they
agree entirely that it does seem to be a bit of a syndrome amongst
bareboat charter clients from their country...
There are more reviews of Anchoring and Mooring Techniques over on Amazon's book site.
& Linda Dashew's Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia A 1989 copy of
this book came our way
when some neighbours in a boatyard decided to purchase the up-dated
version, a couple of years back.
It seems pretty comprehensive - we didn't agree altogether with
everything in it, certainly in matters of taste and use of materials for
the interior, but we are not typical cruisers, or people come to that!
There is a lot of very useful information, it would certainly be a boon
to anyone thinking of taking up cruising, or preparing to do so.
doesn't seem to have an ISBN or other number but you can contact the
authors c/o Beowulf Publishing Group, 323 Matilija Street, Suite 112,
Ojai, CA 93023 from whom you can also, apparently, acquire The
Bluewater Handbook, A Guide To Cruising Seamanship by the same
According to the legend, which may well be out of date, you can order by
telephone on: (805) 653 - 7208 and pay with Visa or MasterCard if
you so wish.
If you happen to be able to confirm or update that telephone number or
have a relevant e-mail or website address, perhaps you could e-mail us
with it and we'll add it to the above - hope you don't fall into the
trap of thinking someone else will have e-mailed us with it already...if
everyone thinks that, we'll never get that address!
Well! Good old Amazon have sorted that out too! Now
you can read online reviews of the above and various other
books by Steve and Linda Dashew!
Voyaging On A Small
Income by Annie Hill - ISBN 0 9610396 5 5 is a
splendidly cheering book! Just when you think no other cruiser has ever
been as short of finance as you are, right this minute, you find out
that you are, in fact, relatively wealthy! Everyone we meet and , it
sometimes seems, have ever met, seems to know Pete and Annie Hill but,
somehow, they have eluded us...
'Sensible people' I hear you mutter, and
you're probably right! Still, we'd love to meet them, they sound
delightful and this book by Annie is splendidly practical, amusing,
entertaining and although, in the proper spirit of the thing, we have
acquired the 1993 edition in exchange for another book (we certainly
ended up with the better tome!), the advice is absolutely
pertinent to the year 2000.
Whatever you do don't imagine this book is some sort of hippie treatise
- Annie takes a seriously intelligent approach to getting the most out
of life, money and all that comes to hand - how do you think the rich
get to stay that way? Not by wasting resources and ignoring helpful
hints on how to make and stretch a dollar!
Well, we have found copies of Voyaging On A Small Income at Amazon but, judging
by the prices, Annie Hill must be voyaging on a fat bank balance these
days ;-) Still, the reviews are fascinating and there are other, more
economical books on the same topic mentioned on the same page, including
one by Lin Pardey, so it's worth going to take a look anyway...
Sou'west in Wanderer
IV by Eric Hiscock, MBE - ISBN 0 911378 60 X is one of
the several excellent books written by this hugely popular cruiser, made
an MBE, together with wife Susan, in 1984 for services to ocean sailing.
If you have read any of his other books, you'll want to read this one
and if you have never read any of his books, reading this one will make
you want to read the others!
Once again, Amazon to the rescue - we found a link to several
Eric Hiscock books and have put it into our Electronic Book World
Three books by Harold
La Borde T.C., with input from his family, wife Kwailan and sons Pierre
and André, which we purchased whilst
guests at their Humming Bird marina in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in the West
Indies, their home and country of origin, all made excellent reading. As
the first known Trinidadian sailors to cross the Atlantic and later to
circumnavigate, Harold and Kwailan were awarded the nation's
highest honour - the Gold Trinity Cross.
Documentary films of their travels were made which were also very
professionally put together and today the La Bordes run a small family
marina in Trinidad's busiest yachting bay.
An Ocean To Ourselves -by Harold La Borde - ISBN 0582 767113
This slim paperback first published by Peter Davies of London in
1962 and re-published by Longman Caribbean in 1978, reprinted in 1979,
is the true story of Harold La Borde's quest to obtain a yacht and cross
the ocean, his meeting and marrying Kwailan and their voyage aboard the
26'9" ketch 'Humming Bird' up the Caribbean island chain and
across the Atlantic, first to the Azores and eventually to Falmouth.
Harold's writing style is quite charming and ensured that we would want
to buy and read the other two books, which of course we did. Amazon have
managed to provide us with a link to available copies of An Ocean To Ourselves
All Oceans Blue by Harold La Borde - no ISBN
Published by the La Bordes in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1977
this is a fairly large hardcover volume, liberally sprinkled with
photographs, depicting the family's circumnavigation aboard the 40'
ketch 'Humming Bird II', and all they saw along the way. An excellent
book. You may have to visit the La Bordes to get a copy however!
Seriously though, we are uncertain of the availability of the book
internationally but, if enough readers say they would be interested in
purchasing a copy of this and/or either of the others, we will
certainly communicate the interest to the La Borde family and perhaps
more copies will emerge...
Lonely Oceans South - A Voyage To Cape Horn - by Harold La Borde
Again originally published by the La Borde family themselves this is a slim
paperback crammed with photographs taken by Pierre la Borde. The book
describes the voyage aboard the 55' ketch 'Humming Bird III' but also,
perhaps more importantly, the soul-searching, the anxiety and the
loneliness of separation as Pierre and Harold regretfully put Kwailan
ashore. Harold was unwilling to risk leaving their other son André
without any family at all if anything should happen to Humming Bird III,
and as Kwailan got off so her husband and son were joined by Pierre's
girlfriend, Ave Narinesingh, who took on
the cooking and crewed side by side with father and son. Pierre La
Borde was awarded the Humming Bird Gold Medal for his part in the
successful voyage. Amazon have managed to provide us with a link to such
copies of Lonely Oceans South as are available.
|This Is Basic
Sailboat Cruising by J. D. Sleightholme - ISBN 0-914814-04-4
Our copy is the 1976 hardback edition, published by United
Nautical Publishers S. A., of Switzerland and is a compact volume packed
with good advice, information, illustrations and techniques.
how long you sail or how far, there is always something else to learn,
some new technique to try - the saddest sailor is one who thinks there
is only one way to do anything - the happiest is the one who has sampled
the options currently known to him, or her, and chosen the one that
suits best. We found several very useful tips in the book, after a joint
total of eighty-five years' sailing and cruising!
Amazon, as usual, have come up trumps with links to
paperback as well as hardback editions of This Is Basic Sailboat Cruising,
both new and old!
There is a vast range of electronic books available these
days and quite a few of them are free! You may care to visit our Electronic
Book World, through which this magazine is partly being supported.
You'll find free electronic readers and a wide range of books, many of
which you can download free. CD libraries are also available through
this online shop - you may like to take a look without leaving the
|If every reader tells us about just one book
(the more the merrier) all our readers will get to hear about books they
might not otherwise have known existed and had the chance to enjoy - why
not drop us a line, with at least the book's title, name of the author
and ISBN details, and preferably with your description of the reason you
feel the book is worthy of inclusion in the library...Don't wait to see if anyone else bothers - they may be
waiting to see if you do!