Are you tired of the endless
monotony of your daily routine? Have you fantasized about escaping to colorful,
exotic islands? The desire to take your own yacht to places you have only
dreamed about can become a reality if you acquire the right attitude, the right
boat, and some basic nautical skills. The purpose of this book is to help you,
the reader, better understand how to achieve these three objectives.
Drawing from his own personal
experience of more than twenty-five years of cruising, Roger Olson discusses a
wide range of subjects at length, from selecting the proper cruising vessel or
refitting your own boat to the appropriate ways of ensuring its seaworthiness.
He offers clear explanations on how to handle the sailing vessel in diverse
situations and conditions. With him, you will explore different methods of
deploying your anchors, as well as a variety of strategies a cruising sailor
can utilize in case of an approaching storm. Even the more technical subjects
are addressed in a comprehensive, easy-to understand manner, and Roger has
included numerous diagrams to help clarify and illustrate the ideas and
techniques presented in these pages.
The breadth of topics covered, from how to manage mundane problems
such as doing laundry and opening coconuts, to dealing with sores and wounds,
rats and cockroaches in the tropics, will amaze even the saltiest of cruisers.
Yet his step-by-step instructive style will give the beginning sailor the
confidence that after reading this book, he or she will have the tools and
skills needed for a successful
cruise – and the adventure of a lifetime. Roger Olson has peppered his
narrative with humorous anecdotes, tragic accounts, and personal stories that
reinforce the proper strategies, emphasize safety issues or explain local
customs. This book is an absolute must for
every cruising yacht's library.