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Sail­ing Made Easy (2010; Amer­i­can Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion; $25)

This full-color, beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated hand­book takes new sailors and guides them through step­ping aboard a sail­boat for the first time to plan­ning a day­sail. In be­tween, you’ll find eas­ily di­gested chap­ters on the parts of a sail­boat, the ba­sics of sail­ing and sail shape, dock­ing, sea­man­ship and more. Sail­ing Made Easy is used as the text­book for the ASA 101 class, but will pro­vide a solid foun­da­tion for any­one want­ing to get their start sail­ing or brush up on the ba­sics.

The Com­plete Sailor by David Sei­d­man (sec­ond edi­tion, 2011; In­ter­na­tional Marine/ Ragged Moun­tain Press; $19)

It’s like the next best thing to hav­ing a friend who’s an old salt (and will­ing to ex­plain ev­ery­thing to you). While The Com­plete Sailor goes over the ba­sics for sure, it cov­ers so much more than that — hull de­signs and con­struc­tion, aids to nav­i­ga­tion, the finer points of rig­ging, the list goes on. Through­out the book there are clear and in­struc­tive il­lus­tra­tions that bring it all to­gether.

The An­napo­lis Book of Sea­man­ship by John Rous­man­iere (fourth edi­tion, 2014; Si­mon & Schus­ter; $55)

The An­napo­lis Book of Sea­man­ship is a clas­sic in its own right, and has a place as a ref­er­ence aboard any cruis­ing sail­boat. Writ­ten by one of the lead­ing ex­perts in safety at sea, this book con­tains all you’d want to know about sail­ing and sail­boats, but where it re­ally shines is in its cov­er­age of weather, pi­lot­ing and nav­i­ga­tion.

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