If you cast you eyes left, you will see my annual list of sailing books. I have read most of them and can vouch that they are all a great read for anyone who loves the sea.
I am currently reading Shadowdivers (OK not about sailing!) about the discovery of a WWII U-Boat by a group of New Jersey-based divers. It's a great read and quite terrifying. It's convinced me that I don't want to dive below 100 feet ever!
If you have any suggestions for other books to add to the lsit, pleasde let me know.
In this third of five steps in buying a used sailboat, we will cover how to narrow down from a long list of 20-30 boats to 2-3 models that suit your needs best. So you have worked out how you will use your boat and developed a long list of boats that could meet your needs. Now it's time to develop a short list. Until now most of your research will have been done online, now it's about going to see the boats up close, experiencing them first hand and determining which models meet your need best.
1. Plan Road-trips: We live in New Jersey and have plenty of opportunity to get up to New England or travel as far South as Chesapeake Bay. Over the summer, we planned a couple of road trips - One up around Newport and the second more locally in New Jersey. We got the map out and plotted where some of the boats we were most interested in were located. With a bit of planning we were able to map a trip starting in Newport working our way back home to New Jersey that allowed us to see 4 boats in one day, each a short detour from I-95. The brokers were very accommodating in scheduling viewing appointments. Subsequently we made a couple of trips locally to see 1-2 boats each time. This way were efficiently able to see 7-8 boats in a couple of weekends.