There are so many resources these days for someone serious about their sailing dream. Researching that dream is all part of the journey. I love research, both on the internet and beyond, so I’ve done a lot of it and I thought I’d list some of the sites I’ve visited as well as organizations, books and more. Hope you find some helpful information here.
Let’s begin with Facebook. Wether you love it or hate it, it is most definitely has a wealth of information and knowledgeable sailors eager to answer your questions. Some of these groups are more active than others but you’ll soon discover your favourites.
Women Who Sail
Women who Sail – various areas around the world ( Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, (Pacific Northwest)
Sailboat Swap Shop
Sailing and Cruising with Pets
BVI Boats and Parts
Bluewater Sailing And Cruising
Grenada Cruisers Information
Sea, Boat Photographs in the World
Below are various Organizations that offer classes, classifieds, information about cruising and much more. Check out their websites.
Bluewater Cruising Association
Canadian Power and Sail Squadron
American Sailing Association
Association Maritime du Québec
Canadian Boaters Alliance
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
Canadian Safe Boating Council
Canadian Yachting Association
Conseil québécois du nautisme
Royal Yachting Association
US Power Squadrons
US Sailing Association
Here are some of the websites I have used quite a bit.
And when you are ready to shop for your dream boat…these sites will come in handy. Of course there are many more and each brokerage seems to have their own as well. But this is a great start.
Craigslist.org for sailboat classifieds
Pinterest – tons of articles pinned on everything to do with sailing.
If you prefer books over internet, these ones are very helpful and have been recommended on various Facebook pages by sailors like you!
Cruising with Kids – Behan Gifford
Brave or Stupid – Tracey Christiansen
Where there is no Doctor-download a PDF version on Facebook’s “Women Who Sail” page in their file section.
David Seidman’s The Complete Sailor, 2nd Edition
Don Casey’s This Old Boat 2nd Edition
Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
Nigel Calder’s Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance,
World Cruising Routes, Jimmy Cornell
World Voyage Planner, Jimmy Cornell
Beth Leonard’s The Voyager’s Handbook, 2nd Edition
Troubleshooting, and Repair.
Brotherton Miner’s The 12 Volt Bible for Boats.
Larry and Lin Pardey’s books on feeding the crew, budgeting etc.
Chapman’s Piloting and Seamanship
Robert Sweet’s The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition
Peggie Hall’s The New Get Rid of Boat Odors, 2nd Edition
This will definitely get you started, your head will be spinning but you’ll be all the more excited for your adventures. I think I ended up spending the most time on Facebook for the reasons I stated above. The sailing community is so helpful. I can’t thank them enough already. I am so glad they are there for this newbie.