The Complete Trailer Sailor: How to Buy, Equip, and Handle Small Cruising Sailboats

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June 4, 2009


Mixed media product, 272 pages


0071472584 / 9780071472586


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Main description

A soup-to-nuts introduction to small, economical sailing craft

Trailer sailers--the smallest, most economical sailboats with sleeping accommodations--are a popular platform for learning the basics of sailing and are often considered to be the entry level to cruising under sail. Author Brian Gilbert shows how trailer sailers can be the ideal craft for a lifetime of enjoyment, including serious, long-distance cruising. This book covers all the bases, including how to inspect, buy, and equip a boat; how to trailer, sail, navigate, and cruise in small boats; how to use communications and navigation equipment; and more.

Table of contents

PART 1 Getting a Boat
1.Finding the Right Boat for You
2.Evaluating Trailerable Sailboats
3.The Sailboats
4.Purchasing a boat
5.Tow Vehicles and Trailers
PART 2 Getting Your New Boat Ready for Sailing
6.Parts Common to most trailer-sailers
7.Trailer-Sailing equipment
PART 3 Taking Your Boat Out for the First Time
8.Ready to Sail
9.Sailing Knots
10.Sailing a Trailerable
PART 4 Expanding Your Experience and Ability
11.Rules Of The Road
12.Navigation and Piloting
13.Emergencies Under Sail
14.Best Practices for the Prudent Mariner
PART 5 Maintaining and Modifying your boat
15.Maintaining your Investment
16.Sailboat Improvements and Modifications
17.Getting Around when the Wind Won't Blow
18.Electricity on Your Boat
PART 6 Cruising in the Trailer-Sailer
19.Cruising Clothes and Stowage
20.Anchors and Anchoring
21.Meal Planning & Provisioning
22.What About the Bathroom?
23.Odds and Ends

Author comments

Brian Gilbert is a lifelong sailor who lived aboard a Catalina 27 for four years. His total restoration of a basket-case trailer sailer is documented in his book Fix It and Sail, and he is a frequent contributor of how-to articles for magazines such as Good Old Boat, Small Craft Advisor, and DIY Boatowner.

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