In this post, we are going to share our list of the best sailing books for 2017. Every sailing enthusiast should have books about sailing in their personal library, and the books listed below are a great starting point!
Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience on a sailboat, there is something for everyone in this list. These books are also great gift ideas for the yachtsman in your life.
So without further ado, let’s get to it…
Best Books about Sailing – 2017
The Ashley Book of Knots
A must-have book for any library, The Ashley Book of Knots is the definitive book on the subject of knots. Learn how to tie approximately 3,900 different kinds of knots, from simple hitches to “Marlingspike Seamanship”.
Sailing Alone Around the World
Sailing Alone Around the World is the adventurous story of Joshua Slocum’s epic 1895 solo voyage around the world aboard a 37 foot sloop Spray. Considered to be one of the best sea adventures of all time, this book is thoroughly inspirational and one that you won’t want to put down.
Robert Lee Graham’s Dove is his 1965 solo around-the-world voyage as a 16-year-old in a 24-foot sloop. After five adventure-packed years and 33,000 miles, Graham returned to home port with a wife, daughter, and many stories to tell. A sailing classic that is a must-read.
Don Casey’s Complete Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Featuring more than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations, Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual will guide you step-by-step through everything needed for maintaining a sailboat. A huge time and money saver.
In Unsinkable: A Young Woman’s Courageous Battle on the High Seas, Abby Sunderland shares a gripping firsthand account of her open sea adventures, including her dramatic rescue in a remote part of the Indian Ocean. A wonderful story of courage and tenacity.
A Voyage For Madmen
A serious page turner that you’ll find impossible to put down, Peter Nichols’ A Voyage For Madmen is the story of nine sailors who set off to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. Something that had never been done, this adventure would change the face of sailing forever.
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship by Elbert S. Maloney has sold millions of copies and has been a go-to reference for yachtsmen for almost 100 years. An invaluable resource that is jam-packed with 1,500 full-color illustrations and 928 pages.
North to the Night
North to the Night by Alvah Simon is the retelling of his incredible sailing adventure in the Arctic Circle aboard a 36-foot sailboat. Packed with history, intensity, and beauty, this great adventure story will captivate you and leave you feeling as though you are right there with him.