Books+Media

While your smartphone or tablet will never take the place of your other onboard electronics, it never hurts to have a backup. Loading up with a bunch of apps to help you get from point A to point B can also be a lot of fun, whether you’re underway or planning your next cruise from the comfort of your office or living room. Here are a few we’d recommend.

Review Special: DVDs

by Rebecca Waters, Posted November 20, 2008
Distant Shores: Cruising the Middle East, a sailing documentary produced by Paul and Sheryl Shard, allows you to enjoy the discovery of new places and cultures from the comfort of your own couch. This three-disk DVD set includes thirteen 30-minute episodes of their sailing-adventure TV series and contains some excellent sailing footage; the focus is on exotic destinations rather than

Sail Vicarious

by Sail Staff, Posted November 23, 2008
An amateur film by amateur sailors, Sail Vicarious is a how-to for would-be cruisers. Learn with them as they research, buy, and refit their new boat in this first of a DVD series that will follow Spencer and Kathleen’s circumnavigation. Though fairly basic, Sail Vicarious is thorough and straightforward—a good resource for beginners. Boat walk-throughs help present boating
If you’re looking for a quick and easy-to-use reference for knot-tying, Reeds Knot Handbook is your ideal companion.
In SAIL’s June issue, we reviewed 10 of the best apps for navigation (“Navigating the App World”). One thing I emphasized was the importance of an app being able to use data from ActiveCaptain. But what is ActiveCaptain and how does it work?

Small Boat Seamanship Manual

by Sail Staff, Posted March 5, 2003
Small Boat Seamanship Manual Edited by Richard N. Aarons $29.95. 2002 International Marine, Camden, Maine Richard Aarons and International Marine have taken the U.S. Coast Guard Boatcrew Seamanship Manual and made it available to recreational sailors. Aarons made only small changes in style and organization, so the Small Boat Seamanship

Gourmet Your Galley

by Rebecca Waters, Posted December 19, 2008
The Yachting GourmetThis book, geared toward the casual cruiser, breaks down every recipe into two parts: home preparation and galley preparation. If you’re new to galley cooking, this could be a good primer. Perfect for a weekend or weeklong cruise.The Yachting GourmetBy Mary Maskal283 pages, $32.95MEM Plublications, 2007

Dancing with the Wind

by Sail Staff, Posted November 23, 2008
Billed as a “why-to” rather than a “how-to,” Dancing with the Wind immerses you in the beauty and passion of sailing. With an original score, composed and played by the captain himself, and without a single spoken word, this DVD tells the story of an exciting weekend cruise aboard Ed Verner’s Wind Ketcher. From a soothing twilight anchorage to an invigorating sandwich-overboard
Don’t let the name fool you. The Pocket Guide to Knots is actually the longer (192 pages), larger (6in x 8in) knot-tying guide, compared to the Reeds Knot Handbook.

Footloose Tunes: A review of Barefoot Davis’ CD

by Sail Staff, Posted October 18, 2007
By David SchmidtIt’s not often that sailors also make their marks as musicians, but Caribbean local Davis Murray has achieved this feat with the release of his pre-release demo CD, Barefoot Davis (ISW Records). The album, which Murray self-describes as “country Caribbean” has obvious influences including Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet, but with plenty of originality and true
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