The Cruising Life
A Common Sense Guide for the Would-be Voyager
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|Format:||Hardback, 256 pages|
|Other Information: ||50 illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 January 1999|
A few suggestions from the author: Practice the cruising life at home by living simply and frugally. The better you like it, the faster you'll save enough money to go. If you don't like it, don't go cruising. Old boats are better (and cheaper) than new ones. Buy a good old boat, and pay cash. If you borrow money, you'll never go cruising. The galley is far and away the most important part of any cruising boat. Plan your cruise as a search for something you don't have but need - adventure, independence, broad perspective, understanding, spirituality, compassion, and time shared with those who care about you the most are a few good ones. Those who cruise to escape are doomed to fail because troubles follow like shadows that won't be dimmed by the miles. Sail toward your goal; never sail away from anything. A boat you're not ready to use is not an escape pod - it's a ball and chain. Don't buy one until you're almost ready to go. If you already own one, sell it.Tear out that useless little galley sink and replace the entire countertop with a shallow tray of Corian or a similar material, with 4-inch sides and a drain in one corner. Now you have an expansive surface for preparing food. Use your stainless steel mixing bowl and your wok to wash and rinse dishes. "The Cruising Life" aims to be the very first cruising book to not even once quote Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows". Full details inside.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: So You Want to Go Cruising Fantasy versus Reality Eschew Delusion through Enlightenment Cruising Mythologies The Boat Isn't as Important as You Might Think Chapter 2: Profiles of the Cruising Community Looking for Brian Lecur Types of Cruisers Common Traits of Successful Cruisers Chapter 3: Should You Go Cruising? Start Now to Develop Your Plan for Departure Who Is Going with You? The Nays And the Nay Nays Chapter 4: The Decision to Go Two Paths Up the Same Mountain Epiphany Don't Commit Yourself until You Have to Commit Yourself Chapter 5: Cruising without a Boat: Meet the Cruising Kitty Getting Gone You're on Your Way The Cruising Kitty Richard and the Warm Cervezas The Size of the Kitty Three Types of Cruising Kitties Chapter 6: Feeding the Kitty Start Saving Now Minimalism--The Key to the Cruising Life Meet Your New Minimalist Lifestyle Credit: The Most Frivolous of All Frivolities Work to Live Put Your Money to Work The All-Service Discount Brokerage Grooming Your Kitty Risk Management Investment Vehicles Dividend Reinvestment Options Worry-Free Kitties Don't Cry, Diversify How Not to Buy Socks Planning for What Comes Next Chapter 7: Planning Departure Uncle Freddy and the Pompadour Kid Learning to Sail Learning about Cruising You're Almost Ready Susan and the Wonder Cruise Destinations--The Long-Range Plan Charts and Guidebooks The First-Year Plan Don't Become a Liveaboard Chapter 8: Life Aboard An Incident at Aitutaki Cruising Skills Noncruising Cruising Skills Skills You'll Need Ashore Skills to Sell to Other Cruisers Skills to Sell Ashore Chapter 9: OK, Let's Buy a Boat Delphus and the Doofus Looking at Boats A Liability, Not an Asset Pay Cash Insurance A Few Things to Look for in Your Cruising Boat New Boats versus Old Boats Let the Search Begin The Hull The Engine What's Your Price Range? Some Favorite Boats Making an Offer Get a Survey Building Your Own Boat Chapter 10: Commence Cruising Let's Get Going The Rigging The Electrical System Batteries and Charging Systems The Engine Sea Trials Chapter 11: Food and the Cruising Galley The Most Important Part of the Boat Galley Layout and Hardware The Kitchen Sink Storage Pots and Pans Galley Gadgets Sharing the Chores A Few Fantastic Recipes from
About the Author
Jim Trefethen is the author of Wooden Boat Renovation (International Marine, 1992) and Inflatable Boats (International Marine, 1996). In 1993 he, his wife Susan, and their two children cut the cord and went cruising. Currently they are in New Zealand.
|Publisher: ||International Marine Publishing Co|
|Dimensions: ||24.59 x 16.26 x 2.39 centimeters (0.57 kg)|