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"Going places in your own sailboat is one of the greatest travel experiences you can have. And you don't need to go all the way to French Polynesia to experience the thrill of discovery that sailing offers. Simply exploring secluded coves in an inland lake can be an adventure that you and your family will never forget," writes Brian Gilbert in his new book The Complete Trailer Sailor.

This book aims to help you buy, equip, and handle small cruising boats, specifically trailerable boats 15-22 feet long with a cabin you can sleep in. Gilbert covers all the basics of boat ownership, from choosing and financing a boat to sail handling and boat maintenance, and even the logistics of cooking aboard a small boat. His explanations are simple and practical, borrowing from a lifetime of experience on trailer sailers; the sailboat gallery and resource listings at the end make it a useful purchasing guide as well.

Gilbert writes: "There are very few things that big boats can do that trailer sailers can't." If you read this book, you'll have to agree.

The Complete Trailer Sailor By Brian Green, International Marine Books, 272 pages, $19.95

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