Books+Media

Go for the Green

by Kimball Livingston, Posted April 26, 2010
I want you to read this book. Even if you already know about Garry Hoyt’s schemes for simplifying sailing, even if you have your own perspective on a timeline for solar-electric conversion, there’s perspective here you need to consider.Hoyt’s overview of the development of sailing, from a critical national technology to “the backwaters and eddies of a rich man’s sport,” sets up a vision of

More than a Map

by Meredith Laitos, Posted October 31, 2011
As sailors continue to debate the pros and cons of digital navigation apps and paper charts, map junkies just grin and think: the more, the merrier! Well, junkies, rejoice. The National Geographic Society has expanded its “Trails Illustrated Maps” series to include a number of popular sailing locations, including the Virgin Islands, Channel Islands, Apostle Islands and Boston Harbor Islands. In
  When writing "A Gourmet Galley" SAIL also got the chance to sample four excellent galley cookbooks  

Dave Barry, Watch Out

by Elizabeth Wrightson, Posted June 20, 2008
We sailors rarely have to defend our sport because, well, we avoid arguing with nonsailors. Still, the occasional skirmish does occur, usually within range of a glass of something. “A bargument,” says Doug Hanks, “is a debate with no right or wrong answer, simple enough to discuss after three beers”—for example, Who would win in a war between California and Texas?When Hanks met up with
So you want to plot a course while watching Google Earth, monitoring fuel efficiency, geo-referencing digital photos, checking the weather, tracking the tide and reading a cruiser’s forum to find a good dinner spot? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are hundreds of apps for all of that.Where once you had to combine information from cruising guides, almanacs, weather stations and

Protect Your iPad

by Lindsey Silken, Posted May 11, 2012
Smartphones are now commonplace offshore, but many sailors hesitate to expose their beloved iPads to the elements. Fear not—there’s a growing number of weatherproof cases that make it possible to take your tablet sailing. 
Keep your digital music safe and dry while playing it offshore with Aquatic AV’s new Bluetooth-capable waterproof Digital Media Locker. The locker keeps most any digital music-playing...

Picture Perfect

by Rebecca Waters, Posted June 19, 2008
With stunning marine photography and a nautical quote for every day of the year, Sailor’s Wisdom makes a great addition to any sailor’s library. In this impressive coffee-table tome, Philip Plisson—an acclaimed maritime photographer with over 400,000 photographs and 40 books under his belt—captures the many moods and aspects of the sea and those who live and work around it. From

The Modern Cruising Sailboat

by Charles Mason, Posted June 9, 2010
Often, buying a cruising boat is the realization of a lifelong dream. But with that dream comes financial, logistical and, yes, personal obligations. While all of them can be managed, it’s a lot easier when you understand the realities that go with boat ownership. Doane has owned many boats over the years—his latest is affectionately named Lunacy—and uses his acquired wisdom in an entertaining
If you Google HMS Bounty, the now-perished tall ship’s website, tallshipbounty.org, still appears as the fifth search result with a description of the historic vessel underneath. Click on the link though, and you’re led to a blank white page. It’s an eerie reminder of the tragic events that led to the Bounty’s sinking during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
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