Welcome to Peter's Favourite Books
Books I have read and/or listened to and enjoyed:
Sailing Books / Reference Library
Fastnet, Force 10 by John Rousmaniere - tells the story of 1979 Fastnet race in a force 10 storm.
Yacht Design Explained by Steve Killing and Douglas Hunter - a sailor's guide to the principles and practice of design. It is very well illustrated and analyses the modern cruising sailboat. Good stuff.
Heavy Weather Sailing by Adlard Coles - My copy is the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition by Peter Bruce. I also have an earlier version but it is well worth your while to find the latest edition as it has a wealth of information gleaned from 1979 Fastnet and the Sydney - Hobart Races.
Best Boats To Build or Buy by Ferenc Maté - according to the jacket description it is a "selection of the most beautifully designed and best build sailboats in North America available in stages from a bare hull to a finished yacht." A beautiful book and a good reference and it decorates a coffee table nicely. It has 384 pages and has 304 photos and illustrations.
The Coastal Cruiser by Tony Gibb - A complete guide to the design, selection, purchase, and outfitting of auxiliary sailboats under 30 feet - with a portfolio of successful designs. The book was published in 1981 and you will need to check your local library or peruse the Internet for a copy.
Sailing by Peter Heaton - My copy is a Penguin edition published in 1971 but it was first published in 1949. It was my first sailing book and it explains the basic concepts very well and it has drawings and pictures.
Cruising: Sail or Power by Peter Heaton - My copy is a Penguin edition published in 1970. He writes about choosing a boat, buying it, where to keep it, how to provision it, and then takes you on a mythical voyage from Britain to France.
Small-Boat Sailing by E. F. Knight - a long time ago when I decided that some day I would be sailing I bought this book in a small marine book store on Sherbrooke St. in Montréal. This book was first published in 1901 and my copy is the 15th printing which was published in 1960. I thoroughly enjoyed it and written very well. I always want lots of pictures but his explanations made it come alive. It talks about types of boats and their rigs and voyaging.
Sailing by E.F. Knight - someone published this book in electronic form. It covers the basics just as above. Very readable.
A Beginner's Guide To The Sea by Frank Knight - First printed in 1953 and my copy is printed in 1956. It talks about anchoring, buoys, coastal & astronomical navigation, ropes, construction of boats, etc.
The Ocean Sailing Yacht by Donald M. Street, Jr. - Very thorough book covering all aspects form design to plumbing, from anchoring to crossing an ocean. My copy was published in 1973 when we all wanted to escape to sea.
Practical Boat Buying by Practical Sailor - My copy was published in 1992 and it covers some 100 from 20 to 61 feet. I believe they eventually published a volume 2. I see that both volume 1 & 2 are in their 6th edition. Reading these reviews gives one a good idea about the pros and cons of various types of boats and rigs and furthermore about how these boats were constructed.
A World Of My Own by Robin Knox-Johnston - the story of the first non-stop around the world voyage told by the author. A good read.
Copyright by Peter Deppisch, February 2006