Books+Media

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

6 New DVDs

by Rebecca Waters, Posted February 27, 2009
Cast Off for MexicoIn their second video cruising guide (Cast Off for Catalina was released in 2005) Mark Ritts and Ted Field explain the ins and outs of cruising to Mexico, including what to bring, how to clear customs, and navigational tips. Though thy complete the trip on a powerboat, the video includes some excellent sailboat footage and would be a useful resource for

See Like a Sailor

by MacDuff Perkins, Posted December 29, 2010
In his book Plain Sailing, Dallas Murphy gives new sailors the essential information needed to get on a boat and become a significant crewmember, while also offering experienced sailors a strong reminder of what it means to be out there in the first
Coastal Cruising Made Easy was published by the American Sailing Association as a companion book for its Basic Coastal Cruising course (ASA 103). But the guide is an incredible resource for any sailor, whether you’re learning the basics of how a boat works or are already an experienced skipper.
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