Category: BOOKS

BOOKS, Fears and Worries

First-time voyagers — What did they worry about that never happened? (Part 1)


In this chapter from “Capable Cruiser”, Lin Pardey asked 11 pairs of cruisers to share their thoughts on predeparture worries, the gear that worked, failures that occurred, and thoughts they wanted to share with those waiting to set sail. We are publishing this chapter in 2 parts. Part 2 will appear next …Read more

BOOKS, Events and Seminars

Join Lin and Larry Pardey at US West coast seminars as they introduce new book

For the first time in four years, the two voyagers who have been dubbed “The Enablers” will be returning to the United States this March to introduce Lin’s long-awaited book, Bull Canyon—A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife.

The Pardeys will be speaking at:

the Northwest Maritime Center Spring Symposium in Port Townsend, Washington;
Spaulding Wooden Boat …Read more


Diving for Cruisers - Admirals' Angle Collection Updated

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We’ve just updated our collection of Gwen Hamlin’s Admirals’ Angle columns with the latest two being about cruisers’ relationship with the water that surrounds them.

As a veteran dive instructor, Gwen has good ideas about how to prep your boat and yourselves for safely adding scuba and snorkeling to your voyage, and the Admirals …Read more


World Cruising Destinations, Jimmy Cornell’s new book!



I just got my copy of Jimmy Cornell’s new World Cruising Destinations this last week – and I am in love with it!

I’ve carried Jimmy Cornell’s books aboard my boat ever since I bought my first copy of World Cruising Routes in the late ‘80s.

When I was finally lucky enough to have …Read more


Interview with a Cruiser: Gwen and Don of Tackless II


In April, Livia Gilstrap wrote Women and Cruising about the Interview with a Cruiser project that she recently started to ask the hundreds of questions she had as she prepared to go cruising.

Livia sends out a list of ten questions to cruisers who have cruised outside of their home country for at least two …Read more

BOOKS, Relationships & Roles Aboard

Get Her On Board (Secrets to Sharing the Cruising Dream)

Get Her On Board, by Nick O'Kelly

Through a sequence of connections it would take a page to recount, I’ve come back in touch with a cruiser I first met in a group of West Coast sailors getting ready to leave for the South Pacific from Puerto Vallarta back in 2003.

A series of maintenance problems cropped up and kept Nick and his …Read more


An Admiral’s Reference Shelf


As you may know, Women and Cruising co-host Gwen Hamlin each month writes a column for Latitudes and Attitudes magazine called the Admiral’s Angle. Gwen has a group of “admirals” – women cruisers scattered around the globe who email their input to Gwen on each month’s topic. Gwen and her admirals have been doing this every month now for almost 4 years, and this month we are publishing Gwen’s 44th …Read more


Read the new Admiral’s Angle: My Bookshelf, A Mental Voyage

If you are following my Admiral’s Angle columns here on Women and Cruising and if you love books, you will want to catch #42 – My Bookshelf, A Mental Voyage.

This is Part One of three-part series on books aboard.  Part Two will be about Cruising Sagas recommended by the Admirals, and …Read more

BOOKS, Take Your Passion Cruising

Admirals Angle: Taking Passions Cruising


“A land lubber might be forgiven for thinking that when we commit to the cruising life our main and overriding passion is for sailing.

Very often this is true, of course, but we are not one-dimensional creatures. We all have other interests, other passions — some long-standing and others we’ve never had time for …Read more


Happy Holidays!

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and we cruisers are getting in the spirit of the season. This year we have been enjoying the Christmas season in the Abacos.

We attended the 11th annual Lighting of the Tree on Green Turtle Cay. The Christmas carols were the best part. Choirs from each of the island’s five …Read more


Read the Caribbean Compass online!

I just got news today that you can now read the Caribbean Compass FREE online every month.

If you’ve cruised the Caribbean, you certainly know about the Caribbean Compass. It’s a free waterfront news magazine,  started by former cruiser Sally Erdle. Sally and her husband Tom circumnavigated from  1989-1994 aboard their Rhodes …Read more


1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers and a Woman’s Search for the Meaning of Wife

… That’s the subtitle of Janna Cawrse Esarey’s new book The Motion of the Ocean, that we mentioned a while back on the blog. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet (though I like her subtitle) and such lines as:

“Choosing a mate is like picking a house paint from one of those …Read more