The Dinghy Cruising Companion 2nd edition: Tales and Advice from Sailing a Small Open Boat (Paperback)
'You will venture into the fringes of the wilderness with the minimum of simple gear, to live with it on its own terms. You will know that one of the sure ways to contentment in this life is a small boat, a fair wind, and a new coast to explore.'
Dinghy cruising is a wonderful way to experience nature and new coastlines at close quarters and low cost. Sailing where larger boats cannot reach and sleeping under canvas onboard or ashore, this is boating taken right back to the basics, and all the better for that. This guide, updated and expanded for its second edition, is invaluable for all aspiring or already-enthusiastic dinghy cruisers, showing how to get started and how to expand your horizons.
The information and advice is interwoven with wonderfully evocative stories of the author's adventures afloat, from idyllic weeks pottering around secluded rivers and coastlines to hair-raising voyages to remote islands. The text covers: Finding a good boat; Fitting out for daysailing; Boatcraft under engine and oar; Mooring and anchoring; Preparing for open water; Out at sea; Coastal navigation; Dinghy homemaking; Keeping comfortable and safe. And for this new edition, an account of the author's first capsize, new material on electronics and clothing, and more information on boat designs.
Illustrated throughout with inspirational colour photos and helpful illustrations, this book shows just why small boats are the perfect passport to remote and beautiful places.
“The information and advice is interwoven with wonderfully evocative stories of the author's adventures afloat...this book shows just why small boats are the perfect passport to remote and beautiful places.” —Yachting Life
“...the book conveys the spirit of fun and adventure to be gained from going out in small boats.” —Waterways World
“Comprehensively covers all aspects of the pastime. Brilliant.” —Classic Boat
“Practical advice interwoven with beautiful illustrations and evocative stories of adventures afloat, new photography and updated content covering electronics, clothing and boat design.” —Practical Boat Owner