The Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager

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The Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager, Jim Trefethen. The funniest, drollest, wisest book on the shelf for the would-be cruiser. Trefethen pulls no punchesÑhe tells you just what will be involved if you and your family decide to "let slip the surly bonds of earth" and set sail. How to get ready, how to finance the voyage, how to live on your boat with maximum peace of mind and minimum hassle, and what equipment you do and don't need. (What you don't need may surprise you.)

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How to make your dream of voyaging come true (without winning the lottery).

No, you don't need to be rich to sail around the world. You don't even need to have a boat (yet!). What you need most is to know what you don't need--if and when you and your family decide to "let slip the surly bonds of earth" and set sail.

So says the author of the droll, practical, and highly enjoyable Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be Voyager. And he speaks from personal experience.

Jim Trefethen tells how his family managed to simplify their life, cut shore ties within just two years, and sail around the world. You too can realize your dream, he says, one step at a time. He tells you exactly how to

  • Get the money for your "cruising kitty," and determine how much you'll need
  • Find out if the cruising life is right for you--before you go
  • Pick the best boat for you, and sort out real value from misleading claims
  • Live aboard comfortably--tips and tricks that will save you headaches
  • Find out what you need (and what you don't need) aboard your vessel

and much more. Jim Trefethen's wise and funny account of his own voyage is full of instructive anecdotes about his family's adventures aboard their 40-foot ketch Sultana. Most important, he says, successful cruising means embracing the joys of the simple life.

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.

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