YES,,,,this post is all about blatant commercialism,,,in an attempt to save you money if you have ANY interest at all in sailing or learning about sailing and cruising.

First, it was pretty kewl to fly the official flag of the Conch Republic over the boat during the 4th of July weekend.  I’ll be doing a story on the background, but it looked great on the boat, check it out-

Tulum under sail, 10-12 knots of wind, easy ride-

Now, to save you some money, I’ve done a bit of research and figured out that the mother of all bookstores is having a HUGE sale on 12 July, and I wanted to give you a look at some of the awesome books we’ve read and used as we prep for cruising.  Hopefully you take advantage of the sale or just buy books, as they are very classy to read and impress your friends when you know what a CLEW is or can use the term WENCH correctly,,,but I prefer to use it incorrectly on my young hot wife.

So, here’s a look at some of the books I’ve read and will eventually review:

Not a book- A Flag– Flag of the Conch Republic– very cool, this one is expensive but worth it.   It’s going to last forever and simply looks better than a silly limpdick fake material flag.


18 Endless Summers of Sailing–  It’s now in a kindle edition on Amazon but available in bookstores in San Diego, this is a classic tale of 18 years of circumnavigation by veteran sailors.   A MUST read for anyone with dreams of sailing around the world.

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat I ordered this book off Amazon by mistake but wished I had it before I bought my boat, and it turned out to be a used copy from a library.  Get this classic while you still can, it’s worth the $9 bucks.

The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat-  Great book I’m reading now.  John Vigor comes at things from an English perspective, but has it right.  I like that he doesn’t have a problem with newer keels.

Poop, Booze and Bikini’s- Yes, I mentioned this in another post, but it’s so damn hilarious and spot on that I have to mention it again.  For the few dollars it costs, it delivers the right stuff.  And, check out the other books by Ed Robinson.

Lesson Plans Ahoy- YES, we plan on homeschooling our kids and this book has lots of great ideas.  I was home schooled on a sailboat by several of the authors on this reading list and it seems to have worked out pretty well, so I’d like to give it a try with my quiet and demure children as well.

Mexico Boating Guide and Sea of Cortez (A Cruisers Guidebook)–  Guidebooks to the same area (Sea of Cortez) written from different prospectives.  One author is older and probably drives a powerboat (nothing wrong with this) while the others have a definitive cruiser perspective.  Both books are pricy, but I liked Sea of Cortez Cruisers Guide more,,,but of course,,,,I like more pictures, so I’m biased.

Heavy Weather Sailing- Yep, now in the 7th Addition, this is kind of the bible if you’re going into area’s where there might be big weather.  A must read of those doing heavy crossings.

World Cruising Routes and World Cruising Destinations–   YES, these are important books to the sailor, cruiser or power boater and considered by some to the grand-daddy books of them all, with great info and a wealth of collective knowledge.  Just google Jimmy Cornell and you’ll see he’s the real deal, someone to respect who’s been there and done that.

I’ll write detailed reviews on all of these books, but I know I could have saved a couple hundred dollars if I had bought them at the Amazon sale or used online, but I didn’t.

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